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Professional development

Ongoing professional development is essential to maintaining a high-performing and engaged workforce. Professional opportunities listed below provide a framework for supporting the career growth of MU Extension employees that aligns with MU Extension strategic direction.

See below for information regarding various professional development opportunities within MU Extension.

State-wide professional development

State-wide professional development is seen as employee driven with accountability to self, supervisor, program/unit and MU Extension. The employee is encouraged to seek training opportunities that improves their craft, and aligns with their individual development plan, performance and career goals, and career stages.

  • State-wide professional development committee
  • Committee members and operating guidelines (DOCX)
  • State-wide development funds
  • Funds are available per approved request. Approval is based on potential development impact to the employee, return on investment to the organization, previous approvals, and availability of funds.
  • Statewide professional development funds are intended to supplement other funding sources.
  • Employee completes the Funding Request form (below) and submits to the Statewide Professional Development Committee. Effort should be made to submit request at least 30 days before funding is required.
  • Funding Request form: State-wide professional development funding request form (XLSX)
  • State-wide professional development FAQs (DOCX)
  • State-wide professional development opportunities
  • On-campus monthly orientation
  • New Faculty Cohort
  • Summit (MU Extension professional development conference)
  • Spring Institute (regional and campus day of training)
  • March 20, 2018
  • Training workshop on Clifton Strengths
  • Stay tuned for further information
  • MELD (Missouri Extension Leadership Development)
  • NELD (National Extension Leadership Development)
  • Supervisor/coaching training
  • Mentor/mentee training
  • Certification Training
  • Internship/externship
  • Campus/system opportunities
  • Administrative support training
  • Individual development plan (IDP) – currently under construction
  • The IDP is an on-line tool that will be accessed on myExtension. It will contain training resources and links; and a system that will enable you to plan and track your professional development goals and experiences.

Program/unit professional development

Check with your program director for content specific training opportunities.

Regional professional development

Professional meetings (as of July 1, 2018)

Support Unit professional development

Check with your unit supervisor for unit specific training opportunities.

Other professional development opportunities

MU Extension in-service education opportunities (ISE) PawPrint login required Leadership development National and international conferences related to your program area Professional organizations Awards and recognition Technology training provided on the MU campus by DOIT myLearn, self-paced online training on many subjects. Login to > Sign in > Training & Performance > myLearn Educational assistance program To participate in a professional development opportunity, check with your supervisor to discuss funding and work time scheduling.

Watch 2019 Spring Institute presenters

Margaret Duffy David Burton Rae Lyon Marshall Stewart

Recommendations on effective career development

Core competencies list for professional development (DOCX)

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Grow professionally and personally Knowledge is University of Missouri Extension's biggest asset, and we believe in continual investment in training to keep our people on the cutting edge. We offer first-rate professional development training to give you the latest tools and skills to get the job done. Opportunities to expand your knowledge and skills are available the moment you join University of Missouri Extension and continue throughout your career. You receive up-to-date training in your field as well as opportunities to grow personally. Each faculty member writes an individual development plan to build on strengths and expand knowledge. Professional development with University of Missouri Extension takes many forms: New faculty orientation Scheduled professional and personal development experiences Individualized and specialized professional development, including international experiences and attendance at national meetings Study leave to pursue an advanced degree for ranked faculty Tuition assistance for graduate education Leadership training Internships and externship