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Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) is dedicated to fostering standards of excellence in the land-grant extension system and developing the extension profession and professional. Membership is open to all University of Missouri Extension faculty and staff members. Please contact Jessica Trussell, Sarah Denkler or any officer if you are interested in becoming a member (see list of officers below).


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    2021 National ESP Call for Webinar Proposals

    The ESP National Professional Development Committee is seeking webinar proposals to present at the national level. The committee will host a series of professional development webinars in the spring and summer of 2021.

    We are looking for webinar proposals that will assist Extension educators with programming focusing on emerging issues and/or reaching new audiences. Topics could include but are not limited to innovative program ideas, management techniques, community issues, new technology or tools, methods to reach diverse audiences, etc.

    Webinar Proposal Submission Deadline: February 15, 2021. Lead presenters will be notified mid March 2021.

    The lead presenter must be a current member of ESP to submit a proposal. For more information visit Webinar Proposals (login required). You may also find this information along with the ESP Webinar Library at

What ESP is About

The Extension Worker's Creed was adopted in 1927 at the first national Grand Council Meeting, this document has been revised through the years to always be an articulation of the values of Extension professionalism. The first version was prepared by the founder of ESP, W.A. Lloyd.

In 1952 ESP published a book called The Spirit and Philosophy of Extension Work, edited by R.K. Bliss. The entire book is available as an online-only digital book from Pennsylvania State University. You can find the original 1927 version of the creed on page 357.

ESP Officers 2021

Committee Chairs for 2021 are as follows. Members interested in being a part of the committee should contact the following:

  • Membership Recruitment and Retention – Sarah Kenyon, Chair 2021
  • Recognition and Awards – Emily Barbee, Chair 2021
  • Global Relations – Mary Leuci, Chair 2021
  • Public Issues – Jim Meyer, Chair 2021
  • Retirees and Life Members – Karma Metzgar, Chair 2021
  • Professional Development – Karisha Devlin, Chair 2021