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Positive budget developments for Division of Extension result in approved Extension-funded faculty positions in CALS

Due to better than expected state revenues and the inclusion of $1M in new, ongoing base funding for agricultural extension positions in the state biennial budget, the Division of Extension is in a stronger financial position for FY 2021-23. As a result, CALS and Extension will release the hold on three previously approved Extension-funded faculty positions. Senior Associate Dean Mark Rickenbach has informed the following departments they may begin their searches immediately:

  • Agronomy: Forage systems agroecologist
  • Biological Systems Engineering: Facility and environmental control engineer
  • Entomology: Precision pest ecologist

Additionally, Dean Kate VandenBosch and Division of Extension Dean Karl Martin announced as many as three to four additional new Extension-funded faculty positions may be released in CALS.

Dean VandenBosch said, “To select the additional Extension-funded positions, CALS will invite proposals from departments as part of our regular process, with a due date anticipated in late November. As departments begin to develop ideas for position descriptions, we encourage chairs to work with CALS Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach Doug Reinemann and Extension Associate Dean for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Community Development Patrick Robinson to define priorities.”

The new faculty members will join the 71 Extension-funded faculty and academic staff in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.