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Dean's Column (December 2, 2010)

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Dear Colleagues,

As part of our ongoing effort to ensure that Extension programs achieve a level of quality and professional standards expected of a land grant university, Extension tenure/tenure-track faculty and educators with academic rank participate in promotion processes that recognize their accomplishments in teaching, research and outreach. 

In addition to these promotion processes, Extension will introduce a promotion process for Extension educators who do not have academic rank. This includes local/county educators and youth development educators with regional responsibilities. The promotion process for educators without academic rank will take effect in January, with the annual application beginning in July/August. The policies and procedures on promotion for educators without academic rank are available on the employee website.

Promotion is a professional indicator of personal and organizational success. I am pleased that we will now be offering this to our educators without academic rank. Promotion systems that encourage faculty and educators to actively engage in scholarship and peer review support and enhance the quality of our educational offerings.  I am confident that our promotion systems will continue to increase the credibility of Extension's work within this research university.

I want to thank the ad hoc committee who spent many hours discussing the issues, reviewing and making recommendations, and preparing the final policies and procedures: Brad Carlson, Rebecca Harrington, Nancy Hegland, Barb Liukkonen, Jennifer Skuza, Trisha Sheehan, Betsy Wieland and Nathan Winter. Thanks also to Mike Schmitt, senior associate dean, and Leslee Mason, human resources director, for your work with this committee.

Bev Durgan

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