Consider joining a professional association to strengthen and promote your field, support and enhance career growth, share professional development opportunities, recognize outstanding work and more. Many of these chapters are affiliated with national associations that can provide additional benefits.

  1. UMEA

    University of Missouri Extension Association (UMEA)

    For all MU Extension faculty, administration and professional staff, UMEA is dedicated to promoting fellowship and the general welfare of our members through opportunities for professional improvement and the recognition of achievement and leadership.

  2. ESP

    Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP)

    For extension professionals, para-professionals, administrators and retirees, ESP is dedicated to fostering standards of excellence in the land-grant extension system and developing the extension profession and professional.

  3. MAEP

    Missouri Agricultural Extension Professionals (MAEP)

    MAEP strives to advance the professional status of Extension agents and specialists with agriculture-related Extension appointments.


    Missouri Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (MEAFCS)

    The role of MEAFCS is to promote, support and recognize Missouri's Extension Family and Consumer Science educators; and to represent their programming efforts and issues throughout MU Extension.

  5. MAE4HYW

    Missouri Association of Extension 4-H Youth Workers (MAE4HYW)

    The mission of MAE4HYW is to promote, strengthen, enhance and advocate the 4-H youth development profession. Association awards are given each year to recognize the achievements of fellow colleagues.


    Missouri Association of Community and Economic Development Extension Professionals (MACEDEP)

    An association of MU Extension faculty engaged in community economic development programming, our members represent the fields of business development, community development, workforce development and related disciplines. MACEDEP encourages and supports the application of the principles of community resource development throughout the state.


    National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals

    An association for extension professionals engaged in programs and staff development. Among various goals, NAEPSDP fosters communication among extension professionals to improve collaboration, share resources, enhance multi-state efforts and to sponsor and promote training programs that advance program and staff development practices.

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    Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP)

    National Extension professional organizations are all a part of the JCEP, representing extension professionals and advocating for excellence in the extension profession.