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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 katherine.webb-martinez@ucop.edu.

 

2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

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.

Proposed Location/Housing

Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Proposed Area of Coverage

Statewide

Contacts

Associated Documents

Comments

5 Comments

1
This is an important and timely initiative. California agriculture and natural resources are facing numerous challenges including climate change, droughts, water quality degradation and salinity, environmental consequences of intensive farming and increasing regulations. To combat and mitigate some of these challenges, a suit of beneficial management practices have been developed by researchers and agricultural and natural resources experts. However, there is evidence that adoption of these management practices have been very limited across various regions in California. Among many barriers to adoption of these practices that have been identified including socioeconomical barriers, cost and benefit analysis, and lack of suitable learning and decision making methods customized to local conditions and farmers and landowners of various socioeconomic status. Although of crucial importance, these barriers have not been well studied and have receive only little attention. On the other hand, many of outreach and education projects lack a proper methodology to assess their impact. As a result, it is very difficult to evaluate the success of outreach and education projects.
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.

Sincerely,
Barzin A. Moradi, PhD
Supervisor, Senior Environmental Scientist
Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP)
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Posted Jun 3, 2016 3:34 PM by Barzin Moradi, PhD, Senior Environmental Scientist, Fertilizer Research and Education Program, California Dept. of Food and Agriculture
2
As an example, KARE research has led to the release of important rootstocks that have had tremendous impact on both the nut and stonefruit industry and it has been a weakness within the system in how we have measured the impact of such research on the agricultural industry. With limited resources and more competition for federal and state funding, our ability to compete for those agricultural research funds will be strengthened by our ability to market ourselves and measure the impact that our research has on communities, the Nation, and the world. This position would tap into the broad research expertise that is located at KARE and would help build the needed educational tools and methods needed to evaluate our impact.
Posted Jun 7, 2016 10:16 AM by Jeff Dahlberg, Director
3
This position is of critical importance to ANR.

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.

Alex Putman
Asst CE Specialist, Vegetables and Strawberry
Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology
University of California, Riverside
Posted Jun 24, 2016 9:18 AM by Alex Putman
4
- The California Tree Nut Research and Extension Planning Group representing the almond, pistachio, and walnut industries support this position and believe it could be a very valuable position to all extension personnel as well as commodity boards. We know that the adaptation of research results is uneven and erratic, even if the economic data suggests a strong return on investment, both in the short and long terms. Some growers are early adopters, others lag or never implement seemingly rational strategies. This position will help extension advisors and specialists as well as commodity organizations better present research results to encourage adoption, thereby increasing productivity and efficiency.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 1:15 PM by Bob Klein, California Pistachio Research Board
5
I work with farmers and ranchers around the state, and I have found that social science plays a very large role in the implementation and adoption of conservation practices; however, we have only begun to study these dynamics--more research is greatly needed. And so, I believe this position would be instrumental in increasing efficiency and effectiveness when it comes to the conveyance of pertinent information to producers, thereby increasing the probability of best management practice adoption, assistance with trials and monitoring, etc.

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.

Jeff Borum
CA Soil Health Network Coordinator
East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District
Posted Jul 11, 2016 1:29 PM by Jeff Borum

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