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Job post: Extension Educational Technology Specialist, New Mexico State University Department of Innovative Media Research and Extension

Open faculty position in the Learning Games Lab at New Mexico State University (NMSU): Extension Educational Technology Specialist (tenure-track, assistant professor): Please share with interested candidates. This non-teaching position focuses on educational games and media development, including research and publication, outreach and service in areas of instructional design and education, including: user testing, accessibility, message development, virtual reality or another specialties.

CDC Awards $11M to Cooperative Extension to Combat Obesity

Sixteen land grant universities will receive first-year CDC awards totaling more than $11 million to help reduce disparities in US counties with high rates of obesity. The awards are part of the 5-year High Obesity Program (HOP) . Through these awards Cooperative Extension at these sixteen institutions will work to increase the availability of affordable, healthy foods and safe, convenient places for physical activity. HOP serves counties where more than 40% of adults have obesity. Obesity...

Ten Tips for Military Families to Survive a “Financial Tornado”

U.S. consumers haven’t just experienced a “perfect storm” of financial challenges…they have experienced a “perfect tornado!” Challenging financial events include sustained high inflation (and increased costs for food, utilities, rent, gas, insurance, housing, etc.), recession fears, increased interest rates, bank failures and government bank take-overs, volatile stock prices, lower savings rates, and increasing household debt. Extension professionals routinely answer questions from clients...

We are hiring: University of Minnesota Extension Specialist Faculty Position

The Department of Family Social Science in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and University of Minnesota Extension Department of Family, Health and Wellbeing seeks a tenure track Assistant Professor whose work centers community-based applied research approaches to studying family health, resilience and thriving in the context of social and economic inequalities. The person in this role will contribute through 1) establishing a national and international reputation in...

JOB POST- University of Nevada Reno Horticulture Assistant / Associate Professor, Extension - Las Vegas, NV

The University of Nevada, Reno is looking for an innovative Extension Specialist as an Assistant or Associate Professor in the field of Horticulture in Clark County, Las Vegas, Nevada. This is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty position. The Extension Specialist, Horticulture, will guide collaborative work with communities to respond to opportunities and challenges facing Clark County and Nevada. The individual in this position will educate, connect, and create information and content through...

Feel the surge? Resist the urge!

A few years ago an assignment came my way due to a lack of personnel with the right experience. It featured a lot of diverse tasks to prepare a team for a challenging assignment involving advanced training, remote communication, outside agency networking/coordination & team building. After months of painstakingly detailed work, my bosses felt I had not asked the right questions, sweat the small stuff enough and let too many “balls drop”. In a one-way conversation, they fired me. This hit...

Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence in Your Community: Using the Heart & Hope Program to Build Resilient Families

Domestic violence is a widespread issue that affects families in all communities. Addressing this problem requires a collaborative effort from both communities and institutions. In a recent Program Centerstage webinar , the spotlight was on the University of Nevada's Heart & Hope program, which aims to create resilient families and break the cycle of domestic violence in local communities. Hosted by program leaders, Julie Woodbury and Jill Baker-Tingey Jill and Julie from the University...

Job Opening: Associate Director of Outreach & Engagement at UConn

The Office of Outreach and Engagement (O&E) at the University of Connecticut centrally oversees and supports public engagement and initiatives at UConn through outreach, community-based learning, and scholarship in dedicated partnerships with communities. O&E strengthens UConn’s activities in particular fields of regional engagement and fosters collaboration with the University’s academic divisions to further the development of UConn’s efforts. Reporting to the Director of Outreach...

Funding Opportunities Now Featured in the Connect Extension Weekly Digest

Extension Professionals! If you weren't aware, the Extension Foundation has a weekly newsletter to help you stay informed about the happenings within Cooperative Extension. In the Connect Extension digest, you receive a round-up of upcoming events, professional development opportunities, job postings, and more. We provide useful resources to you weekly which now includes a section on federal funding opportunities available for the Extension system, updated regularly with new grants! You can...

Extension Foundation Receives USDA-NIFA Award to Maximize Biosecurity Threat Resilience

The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) is a collaborative network of Cooperative Extension educators across the United States and territories who work to improve the delivery of education and information, and the availability of resources related to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Historically, this grassroots network has been aligned with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) and supported by USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)...

Beyond the Binary: Understanding and Affirming LGBTQ+ Continuums of Identity

By Dr. Tiffany Lange, Psy.D. (she/her/hers) In a society where conformity is expected and non-conformity must be “explained”, there are many misperceptions about the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and related identities) community. Biology and nature are not binary categories, our world is full of spectrums. Yet, society often oversimplifies people and identities into binary categories: we’re either “this” or “that.” Known as social categorization, this...

Agent Career Commitment Survey

A team of Extension researchers in the Western states are conducting research on Agent career commitment. We invite you to assist this team in helping to better understand commitment and what impacts it. Please complete this 15-minute survey to develop understanding about how various factors in your life influence your career commitment. https://montana.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ergsekMPv8iDa7k

Finding Hope and Confidence by Practicing Connection

Professionals, like you, can make a difference through connection and collaboration. The Practicing Connection initiative is a place for ideas, inspiration, and information on building skills and creating connections that will help support the well-being of military and civilian families. It’s an exploration of the practices that empower us to work together to help each other, our families, and our communities improve our resilience and readiness. So, why should you join Practicing...

Third Meeting of the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will be held on September 12-13, 2023, and will include Oral Public Comments

The 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s work continues, and the Committee will hold its third meeting September 12-13, 2023. The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) invite the public to participate in this important event via livestream. Registration is required and will open on Thursday, August 10, 2023, at DietaryGuidelines.gov. The September meeting will include presentations by each subcommittee and deliberation by the full Committee on...

What keeps senior leaders up at night?

Our family had the pleasure of being stationed in Tokyo, Japan while my wife and I were in the U.S. Air Force. While Japan and the other countries we visited were amazing, it was a particularly complicated time in the Pacific region. Most notably, North Korea's leader was threatening war. Additionally, many career fields in the Air Force lacked the people to sustain the operational pace required to maintain peace and stability in the region. Because of these situations, several military...

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About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit extension.org. You can view the terms of useat extension.org/terms.

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