For faculty and staff

Associated Industries of Missouri Extension Industry Award


The Associated Industries of Missouri Extension Industry Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates leadership in providing educational programs that support the economic viability of Missouri firms.


Associated Industries of Missouri presents a symbol of recognition.


University of Missouri and Lincoln University campus and regional faculty and professional staff members with a 50 percent extension appointment are eligible. Members of the immediate administrative staff of the vice chancellor for extension, regional directors, campus extension administrators and members of the Fellowship and Awards Committee are not eligible.


Nominees are evaluated on:

  • Recognized competence and leadership by Missouri industries.
  • Demonstration of their interest and ability to assist firms in finding solutions to their problems.
  • Established identity as providing quality information and educational programs.
  • Success in providing information on opportunities, plans, activities and progress to interested parties.
  • Effectiveness in establishing relationships with firms, organizations, legislators and civic groups.

Nominations and selection

County extension councils, extension faculty and staff members, manufacturers or other agencies may nominate an individual specialist. 

click the link  located in the submission section  to name your nominee for this award.  Nominations will open on June 1 and are accepted through July 13.  Nominators will be directed through a simple form consisting of brief text fields, drop-down selection boxes, and a single 500 character (or less) description of why your nominee is deserving of the award.  An individual award nomination involves only 7 brief fields or clicks, and a team award nomination involves only 12 fields or clicks.  Note:  Nominator name and contact information are not required fields; you may nominate anonymously or self-nominate.

After submission of the nomination form, the nominee will be contacted in early July to complete an electronic application form.  Many fields on the application form will auto-populate from the nomination information.  The nominee may edit this information and/or complete a single narrative (limit 750 characters) describing their work.  A current CV (for faculty awards) is the only requirement with no adaptation necessary to relate to the award. An easy checkbox page will allow the applicant to select the required references, with an option to list two additional references.  Applications from nominees are accepted through August 15.

Following the application submission, the references will be contacted in August to complete one checkbox and a single limited text field to support the nomination.  So simple!

If you have questions regarding this process, please contact Tiffany McMichael at (573) 882-2394 or  For award-specific questions, please email

Nominations are reviewed by the Fellowship and Awards Committee appointed by the vice chancellor for extension and engagement. 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 and president of Associated Industries of Missouri, who makes the final selection.


Click here to submit your nominations:

For award questions, please email:

Award location

The award will be presented at University of Missouri Extension's Annual Conference.

Award recipients


2017 Isabel Eisenhauer
2016 Rebecca L. Gubbels
2015 Chrystal Dawn Irons
2014 Larry Nelson Dill
2013 Rebecca Rose Nace
2012 James R. Gann
2011 Chris Vincent Thompson
2010 Richard Dale Proffer
2009 Gregory D. Tucker
2008 Kevin Wilson
2006 Wendy Harrington
2005 Donna Marie Porch