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.
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:
- Strategic Initiative Leaders
- Program Team Leaders
- County and Multicounty Partnership Directors List
- Executive Associate Deans
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.
- 2016 Position Proposal Review Template (for use by approved review groups only; others use the public comments feature)
- 2016 CE Position Proposal Criteria
- 2014-2015 CE Advisor and Specialist Hires and 2016 Recruitments
- For CE programmatic footprint information refer to the Taxonomy and Personnel System
- 2016 CE positions flowchart(complete process and timeline)
If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 URS Call for Positions
100 Grain Legumes and Cropping Systems Specialist
California agriculture is characterized by being extremely diverse and dynamic. This necessitates expertise and resources to be focused on the evolution of existing cropping systems and evaluation of new crops and legumes (both grain and cover crops) to ensure the long-term sustainability of California production systems and support the ‘farm to fork’ food system concept. This CE Specialist position will focus on developing innovative new cropping systems for California farmers, based on improved grain legumes, cover crops, and newly introduced crops, and integrating these crops into sustainable new cropping systems. It will also be linked to the existing $70 million/yr grain legume industry. This position will create new business opportunities for California agricultural enterprises, maximize net farm income, develop new grain legume, cover crop, and recently introduced crop opportunities that provide prospects for new foods, improved health, water conservation, crop rotation benefits, boosting soil organic matter and nitrogen in rotations, reduced pesticide use, environmental protection, and adaptation to global climate change.
Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
Proposed Area of Coverage
- Specialist in Grain Legumes and Cropping Systems (docx), uploaded 04/26/2016 by Mary Delany
As a graduate student who came to UC Davis to study bean breeding and will continue to be a farm advisor in the Yolo, Sacramento, Solano area for agronomic crops, I was underwhelmed by the amount of expertise in dry bean development and management that UC was able to provide. I work with Paul Gepts, Rachel Long, Phil Roberts and several dry bean growers in Northern California who are all excellent resources, but because of the importance of legumes in agriculture I expected there to be a much larger research community with more leadership dedicated directly to legume crop improvement and management. The UC system would benefit greatly by having a CE specialist as a dedicated leader to act a nucleus for much of the legume knowledge that already exists across members of the academic and grower communities.
A significant portion of institutional knowledge, including breeding line development, crop management and relationships with growers was lost when Steve Temple retired and much more will be lost if there is not a faculty member hired to overlap with Long, Gepts and Roberts. This position and a timely hire will help UC Davis continue to be a leader in agriculture research.
Filling this vital position would provide the support necessary to the bean grower. Disease and pests are an ever changing concern. Through research and diligence to varietal improvement, the CE Specialist would support farmers in crop rotation, disease and pest management, and through the development of new varieties that are disease and pest resistant. Through public awareness of the nutritional benefits of beans, it is vital that the CE Specialist position be filled so that the advancements and success of the California Bean Industry may thrive.
Chairman of the Research Committee of the California Dry Bean Advisory Board