Extension Faculty

People employed as extension faculty work at the university level, conducting research and providing programming in their specialty area. In addition to their research, they seek out agriculture and natural resource needs in counties, inform university and state leadership and specialists of those opportunities, and then develop and carry out appropriate responses to meet the identified needs.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Conduct research-based educational programs in one’s area of expertise
  • Manage budget as it relates to research initiatives
  • Investigate, develop and refine value-added content to a variety of delivery platforms
  • Support extension educational programming in the state
  • Serve as an expert in the community and speak on panels and at events as requested
  • Evaluate and report the impact of programs
  • Assist in developing youth programs and education on topics of expertise
  • Seek out agriculture and natural resource needs in the state and then develop and carry out appropriate responses to meet needs
  • Develop volunteer networks and support strategies required to sustain programs
  • Teach courses at state land-grant universities as assigned
  • Conduct research that will be helpful to those in the state and produce resources based on that research

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • plant science
  • animal science
  • public speaking
  • mathematics
  • business
  • English
  • computer skills
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • family and consumer sciences

Education/Training Required:

Extension educators have a master’s or doctorate in their area of expertise (e.g., animal science, leadership, agronomy, etc.).

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