MU Extension new employee orientation
New faculty development objectives
New faculty development will consist of orientation and cohort training. Objectives of new faculty development are to develop and retain effective, positive, successful employees, and to have employees who:
Feel welcome and valued
Understand University of Missouri Extension
Understand and successfully implement the program development process
Know how to access information and resources
Develop internal and external relationships
Demonstrate the core competencies
Know their communities
Maintain a positive attitude.
We respect the talents and skills of each new employee. Accordingly, each individual’s new faculty development will be uniquely designed to meet his/her needs.
New faculty development will involve the new faculty member as a co-learner.
New faculty development will model the principles of adult education, professionalism, diversity and recognize different learning styles.
New faculty development will establish collegial relationships that provide a support system for new employees.
New faculty development will include formal and informal, as well as group and individual experiences.
New faculty development will strive for balance between structure and flexibility.
Responsibility for new faculty development
Your new faculty development team consists of an
orientation coordinator, a cohort coordinator, your regional
director, mentor, regional program coach and state program
specialist. The regional director is responsible for the successful
orientation of each faculty member in his/her region.
New faculty development leadership
Regional directors, in
cooperation with the orientation staff
and support team, ensure that each new
faculty member participates in an
effective, successful orientation
New faculty development
The new faculty development process focuses on developing understanding and strengthening competencies in the following seven areas:
Organizational structure: New faculty understand MU Extension, its mission, vision, organization, funding and history.
Program development/evaluation: New faculty effectively design, implement, evaluate and report on educational experiences.
Processes and systems: New faculty access resources and use systems to support and report programming, performance and professional development.
Professional development: New faculty enhance their core competencies and become proficient in developing and managing a successful program effort.
Community knowledge: New faculty know the area where they will be working ‒ the history, culture, politics, local expectations for position, key leaders, demographics, county plans and community issues.
Relationship building: New faculty establish relationships that will provide a support system for them.
Diversity: New faculty work effectively as a diverse workforce and with diverse audiences.
New faculty development components
New faculty development is learner-centered and
tailored to the individual development
of each new faculty member. A
support team will be appointed for
each new faculty member. In addition,
orientation may include cohort
training sessions, campus
teleconferences, e-mail list serves,
county and regional consultations,
in-service education, Web-based training
modules and written resources.
Each new faculty should have a support team comprised of the following:
- Regional director - supervisor and responsible for the overall orientation
- Orientation coordinator - provide welcome and follow-up support
- Program director - provides leadership for the statewide program
- Regional mentor - resource and support in all aspects of the job
- Program coach(es) - train in program development and management
- State specialist mentor - resource and support in program development
- County program director - orient to the local office and region
- County secretary - backup support in developing program in county
- County council representative - orient to the county and community.
The team will be identified and agreed upon by the regional director, program leader and orientation coordinator before the new faculty arrives.
Community Development Academy
All new faculty are encouraged to participate in the Community Development Academy professional development experience during their second year of employment. Enrollment for CDA can be completed in WebApps in the ISE registration section.