Edition Topics

May 10, 2022

  1. Message from Interim Director Ed Martin
  2. Irrigation Engineering Specialist Candidates Seminars
  3. Director, Maricopa Ag Center Experiment Station Opening
  4. Resilience in Western Ranching
  5. May-June 2022 The EFNEP Bite
  6. Continuing Status and Promotion Workshop for University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Faculty  

Message from the Interim Director of Extension

Recently, I had a meeting with Extension Specialists and another with Extension Directors to discuss the successes and challenges of working in county offices, Experiment Station Centers, and on campus. Although there are some differing concerns, as a whole, we all had the same end state – providing research-based information to clientele across the state to help improve lives, communities, economies, and the environment. Each group (Specialists and Directors) gave me much to consider about how best to support their faculty/staff, offices, and programs. As we work through our economic impact study, our needs assessment, and finally updating our strategic plan, we need to keep in mind our duty and responsibility to support our current faculty and staff. Sometimes we get too carried away with the thought of starting something new or making a new hire when, in fact, we need to better support those already getting the job done.

Extension Specialist in Irrigation Engineering Candidates

The following links are for the candidates' seminars for the Extension Specialist in Irrigation Engineering position.

The first link is a recording of the first seminar.  There are two additional candidates who will be providing seminars on May 12th  and May 16th in Shantz 440 or at the Zoom link below.

The search committee values feedback from a diverse pool of individuals, so we would love to hear from you.

- Recording of seminar presentation of Candidate 1, Dr. Diaa Elshikha: https://arizona.zoom.us/rec/share/kS39SYUSVXXAbcR_N26eNGQFksVPNcbUBSSVBFhJ7bn2Pwyo9t8Tgt2bf-9ISJlR.BX49IRoKZ90gs83n

- Seminar for Candidate 2, Dr. Blessing Masasi, will be Thursday, May 12th at 2:00pm in Shantz 440 or at: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/252046619?pwd=SjRlUS9CSUVKdmtESURiVmdtNTRadz09.

- Seminar for Candidate 3, Dr. Ahmed Hashem, will be Monday, May 16th at 2:00pm in Shantz 440 or at: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/252046619?pwd=SjRlUS9CSUVKdmtESURiVmdtNTRadz09.

Please complete the evaluation forms for candidates.  

Director, Maricopa Ag Center Experiment Station  

The Director is a professional position within the Arizona Experiment Station (AES).  Experiment station units are university-owned assets located across the State whose purpose is to support research, education and public outreach.  This position will lead Maricopa Agricultural Center (MAC), which is a 2,100 acre Unit located just outside the town of Maricopa, AZ.   Current research includes crop variety trials, integrated pest management, soil health, water conservation, and large-scale plant phenotyping with LiDAR (https://news.arizona.edu/story/world-s-largest-robotic-field-scanner-now-place). 

The detailed position description and application procedure can be found at

Resilience in Western Ranching

What does resilience mean to western ranchers? This Story Map shares the work of an interdisciplinary group, including University of Arizona researchers, who are studying resilience from the viewpoint of ranchers and land managers across the American West. Their goal is to share information from the perspective of ranchers to increase awareness of rangeland management and to encourage more discussions about change and adaptive actions. 

Changing demographics in the rural West, increasing demands on public lands, climate change, invasive species, and a complex global food system are a few challenges livestock producers now face. The U.S. Department of Agriculture funded the work to better understand how rangelands and ranching are changing, and what other changes can be expected in the future. 

UArizona's Christina Greene, Daniel Ferguson, Michael Crimmins, and Mitchel McClaran participated, along with researchers from the University of Colorado, the University of California, Utah State University, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, and Northern Plains and Southwest Climate Hubs.

Find the Story Map at this link: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/collections/b08b39a1ca134e658d98915afe91b13f

May-June 2022 The EFNEP Bite

Read about family activities, home summer fun, tasty recipes, and more!

Continuing Status and Promotion Workshop for University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Faculty - Register by Friday

May 23 12:30-4:45pm to May 24 8:00am-12:45pm

Maricopa County Extension Office, Phoenix, AZ; and Online via Zoom

Registration is Open! And the deadline is Friday, May 13.
Link for In-Person Registration: https://uarizona.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0JnG9JccPk8oAvk

Link for online Zoom Registration: https://arizona.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkcuutrz0pHdXlMRRocamr1zh6FqU8GN1x

If you are an assistant agent or specialist (pre 3rd year retention or 6th year mandatory review), associate agent/specialist considering going up to full agent, or a CED with faculty going through the promotion process, please join us May 23-24 at the Maricopa County Extension office for a workshop on Putting Together a Successful Promotion Packet. We will discuss the most important sections of the packet (the CV, the Candidate Statement, and the Service and Outreach Portfolio), as well as go through the packet process and timeline, and discuss the roles of the agent and the CED in successfully submitting a packet. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. This is an in-person workshop, however if you are unable to attend in person a hybrid option is available. 

There is no charge for this workshop, however please make your own hotel and travel arrangements.

Please register by Friday, May 13th so we can have an accurate count for breakfast/lunch/snacks.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Jones (ckjones@arizona.edu), Ashley Wright (awright143@arizona.edu) or Patty Merk (pmerk@arizona.edu).
 We hope to see you (or “see” you) there 😊

TEN Submittal Process

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

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