February 16, 2021
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Today's Q&A with Dr. Silvertooth
  3. University Employee Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
  4. Faculty Hiring Committee Information
  5. 2021 Small-scale Farmer’s Colloquium 
  6. ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series
  7. 2021 Online CEAC Short Course
  8. Generational Succession Planning
  9. Getting Your Garden Started Webinar
  10. Remote Produce Safety Alliance Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Course 
  11. The Garden Kitchen Hands-on Cooking Class
  12. 2020-21 Promotion Workshops

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

In December 2020, a surge in COVID-19 cases began to develop in Arizona and many states across the country in response to the beginning of the holiday season, cooler weather, and more people congregating indoors.  As a result, the phase transition conditions for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension System (CES) were moved back to Phase 0 in our phase transition matrix and we have continued to operate under Phase 0 since then.

In recent weeks, the public health parameters associated with COVID-19 have been gradually improving in most parts of Arizona.  Accordingly, we are now very close to moving the CES to the Phase 1 level of operation.  The next full review of COVID-19 conditions in Arizona for Extension programs in each county will be next week on Tuesday, 23 February involving all County Extension Directors and the Extension Administration Team.

Subsequent advances in CES program capacities will be contingent upon COVID-19 conditions as described by public health parameters and compliance of best public health practices among CES personnel and stakeholders.

We are well-aware that CES educators across the state are eager and ready to expand Extension operations as soon as possible.  We appreciate the enthusiasm among CES personnel and the preparations that are being made to advance the organization to the next level.

For reference to the status of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Phased Operational Plan and brief phase management descriptions, please refer to the following link:     

Live Q&A with Dr. Silvertooth

February 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Jeffrey Silvertooth will deliver his quarterly Live Q&A on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 1:30pm.  We will open with a current state of Extension followed by pre-submitted and live questions.  Please register for the event by clicking here and pre-submit your questions at this link

University Employee Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Human Resources is providing guidance to University supervisors about how to approach existing remote and flexible work arrangements. Employees may also review the new Employee Vaccine FAQs for additional information. Please review the University’s Return to Workspaces webpage for all guidelines.

Faculty Hiring Committee Information

Do you want to learn more about how to have a more diverse and inclusive faculty hiring committee? If so, go to https://facultyaffairs.arizona.edu/recruitment-workshops. Upon viewing the videotaped information (including about unconscious biases), you will also receive follow-up materials and resources that will help you with your search.

Posted by Melissa Curran and Ursula Schuch on behalf of the ALVSCE D&I Council. For follow-up questions, please contact Asya Roberts (asya@arizona.edu).

2021 Small-scale Farmer’s Colloquium (SFC)

The Small-scale Farmer's Colloquium ( is a free monthly meeting for small scale farmers to discuss, connect, and learn from one another and expert faculty members who will guide with science-based information.  It's for seasoned farmers, beginner farmers, and those interested in going into small-scale commercial farming in the future.

It is brought to you by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Commercial Horticulture and Small Acreage (CHSA) program in Yavapai and Coconino Counties.

Dates: March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2, and September 6.
Time:   4 5pm on each date

March 1 - Hydroponic and aquaculture production: the professional and the farmer expertise
Presented by Professor Justin Brereton (Yavapai College) and Coleman Anderson (Farmer)

ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series

Please Join us for the ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series

Smart Enough? Intellectual Biases in Higher Education (and Life)
Thursday, February 25th | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | ZOOM Only

Implicit biases that are responsive to societal constructs of “intelligence” are pervasive and mostly ignored. Even within discussions, programs, and policies which address inclusivity and diversity, intellectual disabilities and societal biases about intelligence are rarely mentioned, rarely explored and rarely addressed. During this session, attendees will be asked to explore their personal experiences within the construct of “intelligence” and the impact it has within educational systems as well as life in general.

Speaker Bio: As an Assistant Professor of Practice with the Office of Instruction and Assessment, Phyllis Brodsky, M.Ed., supports faculty and future faculty in the successful integration of pedagogy with technology on behalf of student learning. With a B.S. in Rehabilitation and an M.Ed. in Special Education, Phyllis began teaching children with severe and multiple disabilities in 1985. She was an adjunct instructor in the College of Education for 15 years in the area of severe and multiple disabilities, developed and implemented K12 teacher training and certification programs in Southern Arizona, and was instrumental in the development of the UA program, Project FOCUS, designed to support students with intellectual disabilities in higher education.

Register for the Zoom Webinar for all 4 Speakers during Spring 2021: https://arizona.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_O78eF3B1Qf25cUPa61C5SA

Brought to you by: the ALVSCE Diversity & Inclusion Council


2021 Online CEAC Short Course

Only a few weeks away from the 2021 Online Greenhouse Crop Production and Engineering Design Short Course put on by the UA Controlled Environment Agriculture Center. This virtual program will be hosted through Zoom on Wednesdays- March 3rd, 10th, & 17th from 10am-3pm (MST). Come expand your knowledge, sharpen your skills, and hear innovative presentations given by industry leaders and academia experts in Controlled Environment Agriculture.  Click here to register.  Registration will close on February 26th.

For more information, visit ceac.arizona.edu/events/cea-short-course or email

Generational Succession Planning

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm Eastern

Webinar Summary: 

Uncertainty about the future transfer of family forest or rangeland enterprises is becoming more commonplace. Increasingly, family natural resource enterprises are struggling with plans for succession to the next generation – whether the next generation is within the family or simply the next owner.

This webinar will highlight:
Shorna Allred, is an Associate Professor at Cornell University in the Center for Conservation Social Sciences, Dept. of Natural Resources. Her teaching focus at Cornell is on community-based research methods in natural resources, global service-learning, environmental justice, and community organizing for the public good.

Allyson Muth, began at Penn State in 2004 as a Forest Stewardship Program Associate working with the Pennsylvania Forest Stewards Volunteer Program and conducting outreach to forest landowners across the state (and beyond). She has worked in the forest industry and for private consulting firms and has a strong interest in peer learning and in creating dialogue to advance understanding of forest stewardship issues and opportunities.
Jeff Tranel is an agricultural and business management economist with Colorado State University Extension and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. He serves as co-coordinator of the award winning Agricultural and Business Management Team. Jeff's professional interests include risks faced by farm and ranch families, accounting and record keeping, income taxes, and human resource management.

For additional information please contact Barb Hutchinson.

Getting Your Garden Started Webinar

Event Date: February 18, 2021 11:00am to 12:00pm 

Featured Speaker: Suzan Miller-Hoover is an avid gardener and staff member at the Payson Community Garden. Gardening is an ever-changing challenge and over the past four years Suzan has learned much from her fellow gardeners. She is always looking to learn new techniques. She shares her newfound knowledge with the gardeners and public while teaching classes for the garden and when working on her garden.

Webinar Overview: Spring is right around the corner. Making a plan is essential for having a successful gardening season. Have you decided what to plant? Are you considering three-season gardening? Have you investigated which plants are planted during which season? Let's explore the possibilities.

Zoom Link: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/84211391394 Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.

Cost: Free 
Registration: Not required

Remote Produce Safety Alliance Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Course

Due to the current Coronavirus Outbreak, Produce Safety Alliance is allowing for Remote Grower Trainings while we are practicing social distancing. This course will be offered remotely, online via Zoom, during this time to accommodate and once the public health concern is lifted, in-person classroom courses will resume. 

Who Should Attend: 
Produce Farms including growers, harvesters, packers, coolers, and those interested in learning about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule (PSR), Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Co-management of natural resources and Food Safety. Academic’s and students wanting to learn more about food safety and the Produce Safety Rule would benefit from this course as well as government officials working in food safety. 

Course Dates and Times: 
March 9-10, 2021 
7:45 AM - 1:00 PM 
Register Here 
Password: MAR9&10 

March 23-24, 2021 
7:45 AM - 1:00 PM 
Register Here 
Password: MAR23&24 

The Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Course will take place over 2 Days from 7:45 AM- 1 PM, hosted online via Zoom. You must be present for each session on both days to receive your Certificate of Course Completion from AFDO. The Produce Safety Rule Grower Training Course does not offer CEU credit.  

For more information & additional course dates please visit the Arizona Department of Agriculture Plants and Produce FSMA Website: 

For additional information please contact Natalie Brassill, nbrassill1@email.arizona.edu or Dr. Channah Rock, channah@cals.arizona.edu.

The Garden Kitchen Hands-on Cooking Class

Around the World Dumplings 
11am - 1pm

In this fun, online hands-on class, our instructor will show you how to create a variety of internationally inspired bites, from Japanese Gyoza and Latin empanadas. We'll walk you through the steps for preparing homemade doughs and share secrets for shaping and filling dumplings.

     Baked Empanadas with Soy Chorizo and Potato
     Mushroom and Tofu Gyoza
     Ginger Sesame Dipping Sauce

Instructor: Jenn Parlin

Class Fee: $40.00 per household. Optional $25 add-on to pick up groceries needed for recipes.

All proceeds from these classes go towards our free programming, empowering Pima County residents to build community wellness and make healthier choices through food, fitness, and gardening education.

Sign Up Here

2020-21 Promotion Workshops

The annual promotion workshop schedule is complete.  Please see the Faculty Affairs webpage for the complete schedule and video links to previous workshop recordings.  All workshops will be recorded.

2020-2021 Promotion Workshop Schedule

Preparing for Promotion on the Continuing or Tenure Track

Thursday, February 25 at 10:30-12:00 pm.  Please register by February 23 at 4 pm.

This workshop will provide an overview of the review process for continuing and tenure track candidates only. We will review the parts of the dossier and the best practices candidates can document their impact in research, teaching and service in the dossier. To get the most out of the workshop, participants should review our Guide to the Promotion Process and the Promotion Dossier templates for Continuing Status or Promotion & Tenure.

Candidate Training for Dossier Submission to Review, Promotion, Tenure (RPT)

Thursday, April 22 at 10:00-11:30 am.  Please register by April 20 at 4 pm.

Candidates will learn how to submit their sections of the dossier into Review, Promotion, and Tenure (RPT) for 2021-2022. Attend this workshop to view step-by-step how to begin this new university process.

If you have questions about these workshops and presentations, please contact Asya Roberts at 626-0202 or asya@arizona.edu.

TMN Submittal Process

Please submit your news by 4:00pm Monday to TMN [tmn@cals.arizona.edu].

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