Core competencies for MU Extension faculty
Each faculty member is expected to possess knowledge, skills and abilities in the areas below. It is recommended that faculty possess these competencies at the time of employment. If the competency does not exist at that time, the faculty member should engage in professional development experiences during the first year of employment to develop it. The core competencies of experienced faculty may be reviewed annually at the time of performance appraisal to determine the individual’s professional development needs. Faculty may include in their annual “professional activities and development plan” any developmental experiences that will be pursued to strengthen those skills. The faculty member is encouraged to contact their supervisor to assist in locating appropriate training opportunities. In addition, the faculty member is encouraged explore internal and external learning experiences that address specific competencies.
Educational Programming — The ability to plan, design, implement, evaluate, and account for significant Extension education programs that improve the quality of life for Extension learners.
- Ability to conduct needs assessment or facilitate asset mapping
- Ability to develop programs that address identified needs, including program objectives, performance indicators and evaluation plans, ability to determine and report programmatic impacts
- Ability to understand and apply research being conducted by faculty and others in the programmatic area
Marketing and Communication — The ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
- Ability to effectively market programs offered by Extension faculty
- Ability to work effectively with the media
- Ability to inform constituents about the purpose and role of Extension, and its place in the community and state
Community and Social Action Processes — The ability to identify and prioritize community variables and connect them with high quality educational programs.
- Ability to incorporate, demographic, economic, human service, and environmental data into educational programs and services
Diversity/Pluralism/Multiculturalism/Globalism – The awareness, commitment, and ability to include one’s own as well as the others’ different cultural perspectives, assumptions, norms, beliefs, and values.
- Ability to demonstrate understanding and respect of varying racial, ethnic, religious and social groups, and conduct programming appropriate to diverse audiences
- Ability to ensure that programmatic content reflects a valuing of all people
- Ability to effectively communicate with diverse audiences
- Engagement -Ability to recognize, understand, and facilitate opportunities within communities
- Ability to broker the necessary resources that best respond to the needs of individuals and communities
Information and Education Delivery — The ability to effectively deliver educational programs and information in a way that meets the learning styles of the target audience.
- Ability to utilize technology when appropriate in educational programming
- Ability to use delivery methods that support educational programs and guide behavior change among Extension learners
Interpersonal Relations — The ability to successfully interact with individuals and groups to create partnerships, networks, and dynamic human systems
- Ability to promote the positive exchange of ideas
Knowledge of Organization -Understanding the scope of Extension as it is carried out on campus and in the field.
- Mastery of an understanding of the history of Extension
- Mastery of an understanding of the philosophy and mission of Extension
- Mastery of an understanding of the contemporary nature of Extension
Leadership — The ability to proactively influence a wide range of diverse individuals and groups positively.
- Ability to make sound decisions, use effective judgment, motivate people and promote excellence
- Ability to try new ideas
- Ability to supervise faculty, staff and volunteers
Organizational Management — The ability to establish structure, organize processes, generate and monitor resources, and lead change to obtain educational outcomes effectively and efficiently.
- Ability to manage time
- Ability to manage and generate fiscal resources
- Ability to deliver reports as requested
Professionalism — The demonstration of behaviors that reflect high levels of scholarship and performance, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to self assessment and continuing education and to the mission, vision, and goals of Extension.
- Ability to engage in Extension scholarship that includes transferred or applied knowledge, and applied research, such as guide sheets, curricula, or journal articles
- Ability to pursue working within a framework of professional ethics, promoting collegiality and maintaining integrity