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
072 Antimicrobial Stewardship Specialist
The focus of this position is to enhance outreach with relevant stakeholders on improving judicious use of antibiotics in California’s food animal production systems (small to large-scale commercial agricultural systems, 4-H, and backyard enthusiasts) and to conduct research on the beneficial impacts of antimicrobial stewardship. Areas of research emphasis will include the beneficial effects of antimicrobial stewardship on reducing the occurrence of antimicrobial resistant pathogens in meat, poultry and milk produced in California, methodologies to induce behavioral change among animal handlers and veterinarians regarding judicious use of antibiotics, on-farm risk factors for persistent antimicrobial resistance, and developing scientifically-validated yet practical alternatives to the use of medically important antimicrobial drugs, such as effective vaccines, sanitation and hygiene, and improved livestock management practices. This position will be located at the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center at Tulare, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis.
Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis, at Tulare, CA.
Proposed Area of Coverage
Statewide (throughout California).
- Edward Atwill - Main Contact
- Specialist in Antimicrobial Stewardship (pdf), uploaded 05/05/2016 by Edward Atwill
Decisions are being made without sound information. Rhetoric is superseding rationale on both sides. It is just this kind of circumstance that the University was created to resolve. .
CDRF is deeply embedded in California dairy industry and its communities and uses its non-profit public benefit structure to lead and deliver best research and science-based programs toward an innovative and sustainable California and U.S. dairy industry. The proposed position and subsequent research expectations align with CDRF objectives due to its potential for scientific discovery benefitting the state’s diverse livestock/poultry production systems, including the development and optimization of scientifically validated practical alternatives to the use of medically important antimicrobial drugs.
In addition, the position’s expected communications and collaboration with stakeholders, farmers and faculty focused on livestock health, commodity organizations, and state and federal agencies is imperative to the goal of implementing a multidisciplinary approach to reduce AMR in food animals and retail meat while also considering animal well-being and welfare.
In summary, from a research perspective, there is still no strong science based consensus on how to best reduce antimicrobial resistance. Therefore, longitudinal studies, such as those proposed to be implemented by this new statewide position, will be essential toward gaining valuable insights regarding antimicrobial stewardship and resistance in food animals and the retail food supply.
The Specialist position will play a crucial role in the translation and delivery of research programs and outcomes to the California industry. Thus, such a position is vital to our dairy industry remaining competitive, profitable and sustainable while improving the health and care of dairy cattle.
We look forward to working with the successful candidate.
CDFA has been given the charge to develop antimicrobial stewardship and monitoring programs for our commodity groups in California. And SB 27 has identified the University of California and Cooperative Extension as resources we can work with on this issue. We need someone with expertise and interest to assist us in this effort. They can act as a point person with the University to assist in developing University team efforts regarding this topic and they can be a point person with industry as well.
The State needs programs within the academic environment that can work with California's livestock and poultry industries to not just adopt good stewardship principles but to develop scientifically sound tools for them to accomplish this task. The range of need is broad: development of rapid diagnostics, susceptibility testing, new antimicrobials, scientifically valid alternatives to antimicrobials including vaccines, and even more research into the mechanisms of resistance development.
Additionally, there is need for understanding the relationship between on-farm antimicrobial use to resistance in animal microbial pathogens to better determine appropriate mitigation schemes. Having this knowledge and implementing these schemes can help us preserve the limited number of antimicrobials that are available now for veterinary use as our pool of antimicrobials is not likely become bigger in the near future.
In conclusion, there is much that needs to be done and a Cooperative Extension Specialist that can work in this arena is a necessity.
This position is sorely needed, and is a perfect fit for the University and the School of Veterinary Medicine. Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a popular topic not only in the scientific community but the public as well. California is at the forefront of the discussion with the passage of S.B. 27 and the new federal Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulations.
Throughout S.B. 27's legislative process, it was very apparent to me that more scientific information about AMR was needed and will be needed in the future. Additionally, once that information is generated, it will be essential to educate all sectors involved in the AMR discussion. I have given two talks on AMR at our state veterinary conference, and both were well-attended. While veterinarians in all segments of private practice are passionate about AMR and deal with making appropriate antimicrobial selections daily, we welcome great scientific data produced here in California for our specific animal populations.
Distribution of scientific information to individuals involved in all facets of production agriculture is a core mission of University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE).
Personally, I see this position as step in the right direction for UCCE, as many other extension positions have become overshadowed by private industry and its research. This is one of the few positions UCCE can quickly emerge as a leader in the field and truly make a difference for veterinary medicine and production agriculture in California.
Dairy production fits two of our initiatives within ANR: healthy families and communities, sustainable food systems. The Program Team identifies this as a high priority position. Food safety and security are important to all Californians. Prudent use of antibiotics is important and necessary. Defining the cause and effect relationship between use of antimicrobials in animal production systems and antibiotic resistance in humans is an important first step. The recent Feed Directive from FDA should reduce use of non-therapeutic antibiotics for some livestock and poultry species.
California dairy families take great pride in producing a wholesome, nutrient-rich food product that is a key component of a healthy diet. Our consumers hold our dairy farmers to the highest of standards for food safety and animal welfare. Therefore, the dairy industry has been a key part of the discussions in recent years about the appropriate use of antibiotics for treating animals such as our cows.
This new Specialist Position could play a much-needed role in ensuring that sound science is the basis by which future regulatory policies are developed and implemented – or perhaps to even re-evaluate some of the initial regulations that have already been passed based on rhetoric and emotion, rather than facts. Focused academic and scientific research along with industry collaboration that could result from the addition of this new position will be critical in bringing much-needed clarity into the debate.
Dairy producers strive for responsible antibiotic use in their cattle to ensure the efficacy of the product used, maintain heard health and food safety and instill consumer confidence. We feel that the creation of this position would provide solid research and sound information to assist in that mission. In addition, the position would bring needed scientific engagement to this very hot topic at both the state and federal legislative levels and the consumer community.
Thank you for your consideration,
Chief Executive Officer
Western United Dairymen