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The Urban Extension Specialist in the Department of Extension will address Ohio State University's RAISE themes of race, economic opportunity, and leadership. The successful candidate will foster a dynamic hub of innovation linking the priorities of urban communities with university assets. The position will advance Ohio State's efforts to coordinate and facilitate community-engaged research and relevant programming to address equity in the areas of food, health and wellness, environment, economic and workforce development, community leadership, and other concerns facing Ohio’s urban communities.

As part of Extension’s Community Development team, this new faculty member will foster interdisciplinary and community-engaged solutions to address Ohio’s urban influence and urban-rural connections. The urban Extension specialist will collaborate with other university colleagues, community and business leaders, elected officials, state and local development professionals, nonprofit and non-governmental organization leaders, and other influencers to ensure productive sharing of ideas and practices regarding equitable engagement for equitable opportunity across socioeconomic and geographic profiles.

This position reports to Ohio State Extension's Assistant Director of Community Development in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

• Position is a senior-level faculty, 12 month position, 60% Extension, 40% applied research and teaching.

• Position location: Columbus campus (negotiable)

• Education: PhD in urban studies, urban affairs, urban policy, community development, city and regional planning, or discipline applicable to the duties and responsibilities outlined.

• Salary will be competitive and commensurate with education and experience.

• Direct or indirect experience with university Extension preferred.

Applicants need to apply at

Internal applicants must apply through Workday.

Position Reference Number: R88951

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The organizing committee of the NUEL North-Central Regional Conference is offering scholarships to the National Urban Extension Conference in Nashville, TN, May 28-31, 2024. Find more information about this region-specific scholarship opportunity on the NUEL Connect Extension subgroup here: Scholarships Available to North-Central Extension Professionals for NUEC '24 | National Urban Extension Leaders | Connect

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The National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) and Tennessee Extension are pleased to invite you to NUEC24: Rhythm to the Future, which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, May 28 - 31, 2024.

The National Urban Extension Conference (NUEC) provides an opportunity for Extension professionals and applied researchers to learn about innovative approaches, receive recognition, and find inspiration for their work from colleagues. NUEC24 will provide opportunities to share research and innovative educational strategies that address the needs of urban, suburban, and peri-urban populations as well as urban-rural interdependencies. Proposals will be accepted for presentations, posters, and panels (defined below) for the 2024 Conference. Abstracts that highlight research or outreach activities that involve partnerships between researchers, practitioners and Extension professionals are especially encouraged. We are also looking for innovative ideas that are just that, ideas.

Proposals Due: December 1, 2023
Initial Notification of Selection: February 1, 2024
Selected presenters confirm acceptance and registration: March 1, 2024

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Marilyn Kirkpatrick had an out-of-the-box solution for her district’s parks problem that will, in turn, let hundreds of urban Clark County, Nevada kids out of a box of their own. With millions of dollars in tax revenue built up to create a new park, specifically a 4-H camp, the world would seem to be Commissioner Kirkpatrick’s oyster. But much like oysters, available land surrounding Las Vegas is in short supply, dramatically limited by federally owned land throughout the county — the norm for the state. Over three years, the largest plot she could find for the camp was 10 acres. She and Varlin Higbee, a commissioner in neighboring Lincoln County, hatched a plan. Read more.

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Community spaces are on the ascendancy. Almost as a reaction to the isolation of the pandemic, investment and interest are rising in shared spaces that bring neighbors together. Community spaces are all around us but we don’t think of them as a class of real estate. They are unified by the themes of improving community, civic and personal health, building power and lifting up voices of those disenfranchised by capitalism. Read more.
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