Assistant Extension Professor 4-H Science of Agriculture - Columbia, MO

Job Title: Assistant Extension Professor 4-H Science of Agriculture - Columbia, MO
Location: Columbia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 27624
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  • Job Description

    HEADQUARTERED: University of Missouri – Columbia, MO

    The University of Missouri (MU) Extension’s distinct land-grant mission is to improve lives, communities and economies by producing relevant, reliable and responsive educational strategies throughout Missouri. MU Extension faculty and staff collaborate with researchers and community leaders to develop and deliver programs that address needs of Missourians. For more information about MU Extension visit

    This is a full-time, 12-month non-tenure position that is eligible for rank and promotion within the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences. Non-tenure rank (Assistant or Associate Extension Professor) may be assigned depending on qualifications and experience demonstrated through a curricula vita and by the college’s promotion policy. The appointment is an annually renewable contract with the Youth and Families Extension Unit within the College of Human Environmental Sciences and reports to the Dean of Human Environmental Sciences. This position has a strong linkage to the MU College of Agriculture, Foods and Natural Resources and may seek a joint appointment if desired.

    This position provides leadership to the design, development, delivery and evaluation of the 4-H Science of Agriculture program by working collaboratively with colleagues, teaching and research faculty, regional Extension faculty and staff, youth, volunteers and stakeholders. The position creates systems to help youth ages 5 to 18 learn about the role of agriculture, primarily animal and plant science, in their lives and explore career possibilities.

    The position is responsible for the development of curriculum and educational opportunities in animal and plant science and is expected to collaborate with faculty in other STEM fields for cross-disciplinary education outreach.


    1. Utilize agriculture, youth development and education principles to build a science of agriculture program with colleagues, teaching and research faculty, Extension faculty and staff, youth, volunteers, community partners and other stakeholders.
    2. Provide educational leadership by planning, designing, implementing and evaluating culturally competent educational programs.
    3. Develop, organize, coordinate and lead comprehensive county, regional and state learning opportunities incorporating the science of agriculture and addressing workforce preparedness in the field of agriculture.
    4. Generate and manage revenue to sustain and grow science in agriculture programming.
    5. Build and maintain strong connections with leaders and partners in fields and disciplines that contribute to youth development and the science of agriculture.
    6. Develop multidisciplinary collaborations with campus faculty to develop programs, events and seek external funding.
    7. Other duties as assigned.


    1. Remain current on trends and research-based knowledge to effectively create relevant, reliable and responsive education. Apply this knowledge in scholarly products such as curriculum, inservice education instruction, articles in professional and popular press, presentations at professional meetings, grant proposals and more.

      Actively participate in professional development opportunities to continuously improve skills and increase research-based knowledge. Demonstrate mastery of core competencies, including subject matter expertise, effective and innovate teaching strategies, program development processes, and integration of new and emerging technology.

    MU is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellent.


    The University of Missouri, also known as Mizzou and MU, is the Flagship University of the four-campus University of Missouri system. It is the state’s land-grant university and one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States. MU’s broad undergraduate programs and its’ graduate, professional and research programs attract annual enrollment of more than 30,000 students. MU is centrally located in Columbia, MO, which is consistently ranked as one of America’s most livable cities. MU Extension programs are located on all four campuses and in 114 counties and St. Louis city.


    Commensurate with education and experience.


    Administrative supervision is received from the Dean of Human Environmental Sciences.


    An earned master’s degree with course work in a discipline or program related to agriculture education. Relevant coursework in one or more of the following areas: education, learning theory and learning strategies; organizational systems and human resource management; community development/partnerships; child, adolescent and human development; and volunteerism. Equivalent experience will be considered.

    Other Information

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Five or more years of professional experience in designing, conducting and evaluating education opportunities for youth and volunteers.
    • Ability to apply knowledge of agriculture science to volunteerism, human growth and development, experiential education, community collaborations and state and national issues relative to youth.
    • An earned Ph.D.
    Benefit Eligibility

    This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

    Diversity Commitment

    The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

    To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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