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Out of respect for the financial constraints we're all facing, the Office of Extension and Engagement has elected to suspend all 2021 awards that include a cash stipend, professional development funds or program enrichment funds unless the award is funded and designated by an endowment or gift. We recognize and value the extraordinary work that our faculty and staff have done throughout the year and in response to the global pandemic, and we look forward to honoring and rewarding you, and celebrating together in the future.


To recognize sustained distinguished performance and educational contributions to University of Missouri Extension and clientele by a county engagement specialist.


The County Engagement Specialist Excellence Award has been established to recognize sustained distinguished performance and educational contributions to University of Missouri Extension and clientele by a county engagement specialist. The county engagement specialist is an integral part of the extension organization and their local communities. This award has a $1,000 monetary stipend as well as the associated recognition for outstanding work in this important position.


University of Missouri Extension faculty who have served as county engagement specialist for two years or longer.


Career demonstrates:

  • Effectiveness with county extension council in setting county program priorities and acquiring additional resources (grants, collaborations, etc.).
  • Creative, innovative and original office management. Development of a cohesive office among all faculty and staff within the county that exemplifies a strong team.
  • Outstanding leadership and management skills; providing service outside the county to extension committees, professional organizations, etc., and demonstrating effectiveness as a team player with other specialists and county engagement specialists.
  • Community connectedness, seen as a major player by others by promoting positive working relationships between University of Missouri Extension and other agencies and clientele.

Nominations and selection

County extension councils, extension faculty and staff members may nominate an individual specialist.

Nominations for the 2020 awards will be accepted May 18 — June 15. Nominators will be directed through a simple form consisting of brief text fields, drop-down selection boxes, and a single description of why your nominee is deserving of the award. Note: Nominator name and contact information are not required fields; you may nominate anonymously or self-nominate.

Nominees will be contacted in June to complete an electronic application form, with many fields auto-populated from the nomination form. The nominee may edit this information, complete a single narrative describing their work, and attach a current CV (for faculty awards). Applications for the 2020 awards will be accepted through August 10. References will then be contacted for a simple statement of support as part of the final selection process.

If you have questions regarding this process, please contact Kim Foley. For award-specific questions, please email [email protected].

Nominations are reviewed by the Fellowship and Awards Committee appointed by the vice chancellor for extension. The committee – composed of representatives of UMEA, Epsilon Sigma Phi, the University of Missouri campuses and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement – makes recommendations to the vice chancellor, who makes the final selection.

Award location

Award will be presented at annual conference or its equivalent.

Award recipients

2019 Velynda Cameron 2014 Phyllis Ann Flanigan
2018 Patricia Louise Snodgrass 2013 Mary Kathryn Dothage
2017 Joseph William Koenen 2012 Rebecca J. Travnichek
2016 David L. Burton 2011 Cynthia E. Crawford
2015 Georgia Marie Stuart Simmons 2010 Jay S. Chism