For faculty and staff

Dr. Ronald J. Turner Endowment Global Education Award


The Ronald J. Turner Endowment Fund is established in honor of Dr. Turner's decade of service as the executive vice president for outreach and extension and director of cooperative extension at the University of Missouri. This endowment will be awarded each year to a faculty or staff member within University of Missouri Extension to support global education opportunities. The annual award is funded from a permanent endowment created with contributions from Dr. Turner's faculty, staff, colleagues and friends. The award may be used to assist in funding exchanges to Ireland, South Africa, Thailand, Costa Rica or other locations as requested.

A stable, well-trained workforce is necessary to ensure program quality and sustainability. University of Missouri Extension will strengthen efforts that will result in workforce diversity and retention. The goal is to ensure that the workplace climate affords a flexible, safe learning organization where employees are empowered and motivated to attain the greatest levels of success.


Recipients receive up to $1,000 (based on actual expenses) for an approved professional development activity.


Applications will be reviewed based on the professional development plan of the individual.

Applicants must:

  • Currently be employed as a university faculty or professional staff member.
  • Have three (3) years of consecutive employment with the University of Missouri.


Decisions will be based on:

  • The relationship of the global education professional development opportunity or programming in global education to the applicant's position with extension and their professional development plan.
  • Individual initiative and creativity.
  • The benefit of global education programming or future professional development opportunity to the individual, organization and clientele.
  • Applicant has not received award before.

Applications must be submitted prior to the professional development experience.

Nominations and selection

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.

Nomination materials should include the nomination form, a three- to five-page narrative that addresses the award criteria and a resume or a curriculum vitae with focus on how it relates to the award. Three letters of support are required. One must be from the nominee’s supervisor and the other letters can be from colleagues and clientele.


Submit nominations to:

MU Extension Awards Committee
205 Whitten Hall
Columbia, MO 65211


Award location

Award will be presented at annual conference or its equivalent.

Award recipients


2016 Lee Ann Woolery
2015 Mary Simon Leuci
2014 Teng Teeh Lim
2013 Sharon Ann Gulick
2012 Crystal Weber
2011 Letitia K. Johnson
2010 Julie N. Middleton
2009 Amie D. Schleicher
2008 Joyce Lee Taylor
2007 Ann M. Cohen
2006 Sharen Kay Hunt