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2016 Call for Positions

On December 14, 2016 UC ANR Vice President Humiston announced the the release of 26 CE positions from the 2016 call for a new round of hiring over the next two years. This new release continues the commitment for hiring to exceed projected turnover, thus achieving the goal of academic growth. And, as funding becomes available, UC ANR will consider additional positions.

2016 approved CE positions

January 12, 2016 solicited proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions in the ANR Update. The call identified positions for strengthening and expanding the UC ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. Below this public webpage displays all 138 new CE position proposals (there is a search tool to assist in finding proposals).

The online submittal process was open from January 12 – May 5 (5:00 PM) to allow as much time as possible for internal consultation and external input from UC ANR stakeholders in all program areas. Submissions were accepted from the following official submitter groups:

The Review Phase was completed May 5 – August 1. All proposals were reviewed. The program area and unit reviews were conducted by the Program Teams; geographic groups of County/Multicounty Partnership and Research and Extension Center Directors, and the UC ANR affiliated colleges and school. These groups prioritized and provided rationale for the position proposals under their purview. This input was used to inform UC ANR Program Council’s recommendations and ultimately the UC ANR Vice President’s decisions. More information about the review process is available in the review orientation.

The public comment period was open Jan. 12 through July 11, 2016. Comments can be viewed by clicking the position links below. Comments were reviewed by the review groups, Program Council and the Vice President.

Relevant documents:

If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or


2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

081 Community Nutrition Specialist

The Specialist in Community Nutrition will develop a research and extension program that relies upon community-based participatory research to empower individuals to make healthy choices for themselves and their families with an emphasis on improving maternal and child health. The Specialist will play a leadership role to establish and extend community networks aimed at improving food literacy.Food literacy is the scaffolding that empowers individuals, households, communities or nations to protect diet quality through change and to strengthen dietary resilience over time. It is composed of a collection of inter-related knowledge, skills, and behaviors required to plan, manage, select, prepare and eat food that is founded on evidence-based recommendations for healthy diets for individuals throughout the lifecycle.

Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Nutrition, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage

Statewide with emphasis on children, youth and families in high-risk groups such as low income, ethnically-diverse and other underserved populations.


Associated Documents



This position would continue to maintain UCD's leadership role in the area of nutrition and its development and training of students to work in this field. The position would also strengthen UCD's partnership with the CA Dept of Public Health and it's obesity prevention program, which is the largest in the country and located in Sacramento, in close proximity to the campus. I strongly support the position being maintained and housed at UCD.
Posted May 6, 2016 8:55 AM by Caroline Kurtz
I heartily support the proposed ANR position in Community Nutrition as I believe this plays a vital role in linking the great work of the university with the communities we serve, bringing knowledge and expertise to the places they are needed most. I am most familiar with the nutrition specialists and their outreach. I have seen that ANR specialists have an exceptional ability to partner with community agencies to advance nutritional health among school-aged children. They have developed, tested and implemented an array of programs to integrate nutrition education into elementary curricula, advance the use of school gardens, change food service policy in schools, and influence attitudes and behaviors of all relevant stakeholders. This collective work has had a significant impact on the health of California’s children. I have had a privilege of working with Dr. Zidenberg-Cherr and her team in my role as member of the ANR Funded “Shaping Healthy Choices” research team, and have involved graduate students from the School of Nursing in this important work. I was both inspired by her vision for this important work and struck by the natural alignment and synergy in our shared commitment to promoting healthy youth. Through this collaboration, I have learned a great deal about the contributions ANR makes to the health of our state and am honored to be a part of this mission. Funding a position in Community Nutrition will enable such outstanding work to continue.
Posted Jun 7, 2016 3:58 PM by Heather M. Young, Dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
At the California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division we serve to provide nutrition education through delivery of tested nutrition programs and materials. A community nutrition specialists is key to our work in the community and enhances the programs that we are able to deliver.
Posted Jun 22, 2016 2:37 PM by Julie BoarerPitchford
The Dairy Council of California values the partnerships we have with UC Davis Department of Nutrition through the work of UCCE Specialists. The community nutrition research expertise and science-based nutrition resources are valued by our customers and have helped millions of Californians build the life-skills needed to make healthy food choices.
Posted Jul 1, 2016 3:44 PM by Shannan Young and Tammy Anderson-Wise, Dairy Council of California

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