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 email@example.com.
2016 URS Call for Positions
094 Extension Methods and Evaluation Specialist
The CE Specialist will provide expertise on new social marketing and extension methods, best practices in informal education, and project and program evaluation methodologies (quantitative/qualitative and applied statistics). The focus of this position is on agricultural and natural resource management. The position will interact with ANR units such as the program planning and evaluation staff, county-based staff, the Academic Personnel Unit, Strategic Initiative and Program Team leaders, and statewide programs.
Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Proposed Area of Coverage
- Extension Methods and Evaluation Specialist (docx), uploaded 05/02/2016 by Cheryl Wilen
This suggested position is well suited to help make progress on some of those above mentioned challenges and fits nicely within the ANR network as well as with outside private, public, and state agencies. I highly encourage and support this initiative.
Barzin A. Moradi, PhD
Supervisor, Senior Environmental Scientist
Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP)
California Department of Food and Agriculture
1. Farming is performed by people, and the goal of extension is farmers to adopt new or improved practices. Yet I would guess that the vast majority of extension and research scientists in ANR have no formal training in socioeconomics or human behavior and decision making. The proposed position would be crucial at addressing this skill gap.
2. I echo what the two commenters above stated regarding the importance of program evaluation. It is important to: a) know if and how extension methods are successful for the purpose of adjusting effort or moving on; and b) report to granting agencies, administrators, governments, and the public on extension’s impact. The latter point is especially relevant to campus-affiliated specialists for engaging with non-agricultural or basic research-oriented faculty on the role and impact of extension.
3. Extension methods and evaluation are among the things that California should be a leader in. This position would contribute to the body of research on these topics and make critical contributions toward California agriculture’s ability to respond to rapidly changing socioeconomic environments, demographics, and communication technologies.
I fully support this position, and in fact would argue that ANR might need a network of this or related positions.
Asst CE Specialist, Vegetables and Strawberry
Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology
University of California, Riverside
In addition, local solutions seem to have brought about greater success than any blanket approach, likely due to the heterogeneity of California in terms of climate, culture, and geology. Therefore, I believe more positions such as this one should be created around the state in order to see significant increases in the aforementioned efficiency and effectiveness of information delivery.
CA Soil Health Network Coordinator
East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District