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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

If you’re not a member of the NUEL subgroup, create an account and follow NUEL.

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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Commercial Pesticide Recertification - September 27, 2023

Sponsored by: Ohio State University Extension and Ohio Department of Agriculture

This online webinar is intended for individuals who hold a current commercial pesticide license. If you do not have a current pesticide license, please visit the New Applicator page. You need to attend the entire day to meet the five hours required for an Ohio commercial license.

PreRegistration Only! Register by September 20

During the online commercial recertification webinars, attendance will be taken throughout the day. This requires each attendee to participate on their own device.

For complete information, visit the event page.

This OSU Extension 10-Year Urban Extension Report, Reflection, Recommendations provides a historical snapshot of Ohio State University (OSU) Extension’s approach to Ohio’s urban influence during the past 10 years, 2014-2023. Reflections and recommendations connect the past, present, and future. As OSU Extension continues to align strategy with the university, the college, Ohio communities, and national networks, this report provides guidance on integrating relevant strategy. Read the report.

WCMER Deep Dive Fellows from the University of Florida and Washington State University are collecting data to inform the development of an Urban Extension Toolkit focusing on the skillsets and competencies of Extension professionals. Two surveys (one for Extension professionals and one for Extension administrators) will investigate the essential skills that Extension professionals need to effectively work across the urban-rural continuum and identify the obstacles they encounter in this process.

They would appreciate your assistance by:

  1. Taking one of the surveys

Each survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

The surveys will close on September 30, 2023.

Contact Deep Dive Fellows Ramona Madhosingh-Hector or Alyssa Bowers if you have questions about the surveys.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) awarded over $604,000 in Fiscal Year 2023 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funding to Ohio. With this grant, the Ohio Department of Agriculture will fund projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop products and create new market opportunities for the state’s specialty crop producers. Read more.

Agriculture brings so much value to our communities, including food production, open space, and economic prosperity. This is true no matter where an agricultural operation is located – whether rural or urban. USDA is committed to working with farms of all sizes and in all locations, including those in urban areas.

USDA commitment includes opening new offices and providing staff expertise in urban communities to increase access to services designed to meet the unique operational needs of urban producers. Last month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a series of investments in urban agriculture and food and market access, including $40 million for initiatives supporting urban and suburban producers. As part of that announcement, they highlight several new services and opportunities their urban agricultural customers can look forward to and access in 2023 and beyond. Read more.