POSITION: Field Specialist in Agricultural Engineering (emphasis in Ag Technology) and Assistant/Associate/Full Extension Professional
LOCATION: Warrensburg, Missouri and primarily serves the following Counties: Bates, Benton, Camden, Cass, Cedar, Cooper, Dallas, Johnson, Laclede, Henry, Hickory, Moniteau, Morgan, Pettis, Polk, St Clair and Vernon in the West Central Region.
University of Missouri Extension and Engagement faculty and staff develop, deliver, and improve educational programs and services that fulfill the University's land-grant mission to extend the reach and impact of teaching and research to improve the lives and communities of Missourians and beyond.
Extension faculty are 12-month, non-tenure track appointments to the promotable ranks of assistant, associate, or full Extension Professional. The rank at time of appointment or promotion is consistent with the standards of achievement and experience established by the faculty. MU Extension faculty are commonly known as Specialists, with titles that indicate geographic focus and programmatic specialization. Specialists provide educational opportunities that enable businesses, farms, families and communities to strengthen the economy and enhance quality of life. Additionally, specialists create partnerships with civic and business organizations, educational institutions, local leaders and key stakeholders to identify priorities, increase resources, and determine how research-based education can best meet the needs of residents.
This position is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs in Natural Resources.
The MU Extension's Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Extension program is strategically focused on the goal of improving Missourian's quality of life enhance the economic viability of Missouri enterprises, while protecting the environment and the state's natural resources. MU Extension research-based programs promote, enhances, and develops efficient and viable production, management and sustainable systems.
CORE DUTIES OF EXTENSION FACULTY
The core duties of MU Extension faculty are to Educate, Create, and Connect. The emphasis among these duties and specific deliverables will vary for different appointments and evolve from year to year, direction for which is developed in an annual plan of work for the program area and for the individual.
Educate . Extension Faculty deliver onsite Extension teaching and programming, online courses, continuing education, technical assistance, consultation, and other educational methods and interventions. The primary role of all Specialists around the state is to disseminate the knowledge generated by the University through educational programs and services to support the individual, organizational, and community goals of Missouri learners and clients.
Create . Extension Faculty develop innovative and research-informed educational products, services, and materials and scholarly products, including curricula, publications, presentations, and other resources. Extension Faculty contribute to the scholarship of extension and engagement and to applied research, to evaluate and improve how programs and services result in learning and behavior changes that positively impact individuals and communities.
Connect . Extension Faculty engage with learners, communities, and stakeholders including Extension Councils, government officials and agencies, partners, and with university and professional organizations. Strong connections help generate revenue to sustain and grow valued programming through grants, contracts, fees, gifts, and partnerships. Extension faculty intentionally foster diversity and inclusiveness by providing educational programs that connect to the varied needs of Missourians and their communities, through the cycle of market relations including needs assessment, promotion, and feedback utilizing a variety of media and venues. As part of this effort assistance with disaster recovery efforts as needed and service on one or more Soil and Water Conservation District Boards as established by state statute is expected.
Program specialization: This is position is a shared position (75%) between University of Missouri Extension and the (25%) University of Central Missouri. The position is responsible for providing one class per semester within the School of Natural Science's (SNS) Agricultural Science Program Curriculum at the University of Central Missouri. These classes should be related to the use and application of Ag Technology on the farm, including but not limited to Machinery Management Ag Technology and Big Data Analysis as it is related to Ag Technology, Natural Resource management, and other topics as technology continues to evolve.
Agricultural engineers use their knowledge and skills to improve or maintain the sustainability of agricultural systems use through the creative design and wise application of technology. These systems include soil, water, atmospheric, energy (renewable and non-renewable), and biological (plant and animal). Agricultural engineering takes into consideration both the impact of humans on agricultural systems and the impact of agricultural systems on humans. Educational programs may consist of workshops, farm tours, field demonstrations, one-on-one consultations, and online programming that provide research-based material to local clients. The affiliation of this position to the University of Central Missouri's School of Natural Sciences will also provide access to students and faculty performing research in the area of wildlife conservation, which provides the unique opportunity to collaborate with natural resource professionals that have equal focus on land use issues, but have different functional endpoints and challenges.
All Extension Faculty, regardless of appointment category or type, expected to demonstrate competency in Communication, Educational Programming and Knowledge of Subject Matter, Inclusivity, Information and Education Delivery, Interpersonal Relations, Knowledge of Organization, Leadership, Organizational Management, and Professionalism.
Actively participate in professional development opportunities to continuously improve skills and increase research-based knowledge. Participate in interdisciplinary teams, committees and task forces. Work with faculty and staff located in county offices, across program disciplines and regions, with boards and organizations and with other campuses throughout Missouri with a positive outlook, high personal standard of excellence, and passion for the mission, vision and values of MU Extension.
Specialists travel throughout Missouri regularly, using own transportation, with occasional travel out of state. Extension Faculty must work effectively, flexibly, and independently, often with little guidance. Working evenings and weekends is often required to meet the needs of learners, clients, and stakeholders. Other duties and responsibilities expected to support the mission and purpose of MU Extension.
Conduct all activities in accordance with the Civil Rights Acts, Title IX, Rehabilitation, Americans with Disabilities Act and local, state and region affirmative action plans.
Programmatic supervision received from the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director . Regional leadership received from the West Central Regional Director. This individual will also have full access to the University of Central Missouri's professional staff at the Center for Teaching and Learning in order to facilitate course development and instructional improvement.
Master's Degree in Natural Resources Management, or related Biological, Environmental Management, or other related fields.
Complete the brief online application and be prepared to upload:
Copies of all academic transcripts, and
a list of 3-5 references
A doctorate is preferred.
Effective and innovative teaching strategies that engage others, including strong listening, written, and oral communication skills. Must be able to integrate new and emerging technology into teaching strategies. Experience in designing, conducting and evaluating educational programs, and applying research-based knowledge in subject matter areas related to community cooperation and collaboration, capacity assessment and action planning, needs assessment, citizen participation, leadership, resource management, and volunteerism is desired.
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.
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