For faculty and staff

For faculty and staff

MU Extension emergency management guidance

With recent flooding throughout much of Missouri, you might need to revisit the University of Missouri Extension Emergency Management Guidance (PDF) information as disasters can affect MU Extension offices, employees and programs. For more information on flooding and other disaster-management issues, visit the Emergency Management pages.

Associate vice chancellor for extension and engagement announced

Blake NaughtonDear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Blake Naughton, executive director for the Hook Center for Educational Renewal and associate clinical professor of education policy at the MU College of Education, has been named associate vice chancellor for extension and engagement at MU, effective Feb. 1, 2017.
During my travels throughout Missouri these past months, I have learned much about the needs and issues that challenge MU Extension as you have shared your hopes and vision for its continuing relevance to the people and communities we serve. Blake Naughton brings the energy, commitment and experience we need to build that vibrant future together.

When Dr. Naughton first came to MU four years ago from the University of Pennsylvania, he was charged with reinventing the College of Education’s strategy for engagement and continuing education. His work as an academic administrator in this area has prepared him with the knowledge and skills to lead extension’s initiatives as our own commitment to outreach and engagement evolves.

Along with his considerable professional experience in higher education and its continuing education component, Dr. Naughton’s three academic degrees weave a connected theme of furthering effective university administration. He has an undergraduate technology policy degree with a focus on industrial engineering from Stanford University; a master’s degree with a concentration on strategic university administration from Harvard University; and a doctorate from Stanford in education administration and policy analysis.
A native Missourian, Blake attended Hannibal Public Schools and was raised by a family that has been living in Macon County and farming in Knox County for more than 150 years. He returned to his home state specifically to work with Mizzou and help it fulfill its mission as a land-grant university.
He has taught for 17 years at non-degree, associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. He has served as a policy researcher focused on education quality enhancement and workforce development. His work in university administration has produced demonstrated successes in program management re-engineering, enrollment growth, student support and revenue generation through increased grants, contracts and gifts.

While at the University of Pennsylvania, Blake helped the school become an international leader in executive leadership development in higher education. He has also served as director of quality management education at Northwest Missouri State University and as an education policy analyst with the Congressional Research Service in Washington, DC.
Throughout his professional career, Blake has focused on demonstrating why the university does matter and showing in measurable, relevant and actionable ways how the university serves the citizens. We look forward to his passion and leadership as he helps us work together toward building a shared vision.
Blake will take over from Mark Stewart, who has served as interim associate vice chancellor during this transition. Mark will move into the role of director of field operations.
Please join me in welcoming Blake Naughton to MU Extension.


MU Extension funds seed-capital grants

To ensure that field faculty are bringing trusted, research-based solutions for improving lives and communities, MU Extension is working to strengthen ties between campus researchers and extension field faculty.

A strong research and extension partnership also benefits researchers. By harnessing the statewide network of extension field faculty, researchers can fulfill the National Science Foundation’s grant requirements to demonstrate broader impact in the community.

To accomplish this goal, MU Extension is offering seed-capital funding to MU researchers who have projects that

  • Align with MU Extension’s strategic goal to enhance integration with research to ensure reliable and trusted educational solutions.
  • Help build collaborations and partnerships with MU Extension.
  • Have potential to lead to externally funded grants.

Individual faculty members or teams may submit proposals. At least one investigator on the team should be a campus or regional faculty member with an MU Extension appointment. Applicants may request up to $25,000 through the seed-capital program. Projects should be one year in duration.

For more information on the program and directions for applying for grants, go to

Retractable banners available for free

Retractable banners are available for free to use at events throughout the state. Contact your regional office for check-out information. Contact Andy Emerson at for campus reservations.


2017 budget sessions


All MU Extension employees are invited to take advantage of an opportunity to learn more about the university’s budget assumptions for 2017 and the impact on MU Extension. To see the budget presentations and overview documents, visit the Information sessions about 2017 budget Web page.

MU Extension brochure

Need a general brochure that quickly and easily explains who we are and how we can help Missourians? Publication UED1120 (PDF) does just that.

Created using colorful images, beloved Truman the Tiger and targeted language to attract a general population, this is a great educational piece for those who don’t understand the breadth of extension’s services.

You can order them easily on the internal ordering system by typing in “UED1120” in the “List by item prefix” field.

Event templates and kits

Templates and kits to promote and support events and programs that are designed in accordance with University of Missouri Extension's graphic standards and may be downloaded for use by county, campus and system offices. Templates are available for fliers, signage, handouts and PowerPoints. Find available designs here.


New tabletop displays

Are you hosting an upcoming event for researchers, state or regional council members, legislators, or other constituents? If so, you need to reserve one of our new tabletop displays.

This display speaks directly to researchers and communicates the opportunities MU Extension has to collaborate with them on getting their research to the people of Missouri.

This display is designed to be used at events where constituents, such as donors, legislators and council members are in attendance. It communicates how MU Extension affects lives, businesses and communities across the state with specific examples of successes and available programming.

The three-panel displays measure 64” wide x 32” high and will fit perfectly on a 6-foot or an 8-foot table. Each display weighs 19 pounds and can be set up in just minutes. Each display has a handle and a shoulder strap for convenient transport.

Due to the weight, the display cannot be shipped so it must be picked up in Columbia. Contact Laura Lindsey at to reserve.


Telling our story one photo at a time

Have you heard about MUEXT101?

On August 3 a social media campaign called MU Extension 101 was launched. The purpose is to expand our online audience by showing the diverse ways we affect people’s lives. Every Monday and Thursday, a new picture will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Visit to see the previous posts.

Your assistance is requested to ensure the success of this campaign:

  1. Help spread the message by sharing, retweeting, pinning and liking the posts on the extension accounts on your personal pages and on your county social media accounts.
  2. If you have an engaging picture that helps tell the extension story (and you have the proper photo release signed), please send it to along with a brief description and how the picture connects to an extension program, service or publication. Photos should be high-resolution.

Global Connections webinars

Epsilon Sigma Phi is holding monthly lunchtime webinars to provide Extension faculty and staff an opportunity to discuss their professional global experiences and the resulting impact on their life, career and MU Extension. Sessions are 45 minutes long (noon-12:45 p.m.) with interactive presentations and moderated dialogue. So pack a lunch and munch while you learn and explore with colleagues.

To sign up, go to

Recordings of all past Global Connections webinars are available on the ESP Web page.

Non-Tenure Track promotion

Recordings of past workshops, PowerPoint presentations and all guidelines and submission information are available on the Non-Tenure Track Promotion System page.

Upcoming fee generation ISE workshops

Workshops have been scheduled to explain additional functions and updates to the Fee-generation Worksheet-Online Tool. Register through ISE up to one week before the workshop. Sessions that do not have at least four registrants will be canceled and registrants will be asked to choose an alternative date.

Nov. 16 10-11 a.m.
Dec. 15 2-3 p.m.

See the Fee generation page for more information

Technology news

Inner Circuits, technology news blog (PawPrint login required)
Learn how to create, administer and join a Microsoft Lync meeting in the latest article from ETCS.

Website support

Tutorials and information about maintaining county and programmatic Web pages, style guidelines, training opportunities and policies.
MU Extension website support page

MU Extension social media
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