Program integration

Appointment of thematic teams

Thematic teams will be appointed under the guidance of the Program Integration Leadership Team, with administrative liaison responsibilities through the associate vice provost for programs.

The following principles, adapted from Mizzou Advantage, will guide the teams:

  • Thematic teams will NOT be existing organizational units.
  • Facilitator and core team appointments will be for multiple years. The additional team member’s appointments will be fluid, as team goals and objectives for a specific program area are fulfilled and additional goals or objectives are identified.
  • Participants and collaborators will be diverse — including faculty and staff from university departments or centers as well as partners outside the University of Missouri who can enhance the thematic team’s program delivery capabilities.
  • Thematic teams will creatively engage university research and extension to provide interdisciplinary educational programming that will help Missourians solve problems and issues facing family, business and community.
  • Participants will collaborate on activities such as grants, contract work, conferences and other program delivery efforts.

Thematic team facilitator roles and expectations

Each Core Thematic Team will be led by a facilitator who is passionate and visionary about improving the world through education and research. Facilitators should also have strong process and organizational skills and be able to lead these teams. Time required for the facilitator role may vary, given current job responsibilities, and will be negotiated with facilitators and their supervisors prior to naming facilitators.

Facilitators should possess the following characteristics, which can help them to be successful:

  • A broad understanding of the issues underpinning the thematic area and MU Extension
  • Strength in developing relationships and bringing people together in productive dialogue
  • Capacity for developing and supporting strong networks
  • Skill in forging collaborations with corporate and other non-university partners, including foundations and granting agencies
  • Understanding of the academic world and Missouri communities

The thematic team facilitator’s main roles will be to:

  • Commit to creative activity in scholarship, community and programming
  • Guide the formation of the core team, while interfacing between the thematic teams and the program integration team
  • Assist the core team with audience and program identification, sub-team formation, program development, delivery and evaluation and revenue generation
  • The team facilitator will be accountable to the program integration team, with ultimate responsi-bility to the associate vice provost for programs. Resources such as travel, clerical support, process support will be made available to support teams.
Next: Figure 2: Decision grid to determine priority issues