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Professional Development

Cooperative Extension actively supports individuals' professional and career development objectives. The professional development program consists of three categories of activities:

  1. Self-directed Professional Development Activities

    These activities are identified by individuals and may be offered by Cooperative Extension or other universities, organizations, agencies or businesses. The primary source of funding will be Region (for county faculty and staff), Program Area and Departmental funds (for integrated faculty and staff). Grants and other support also should be identified and combined with internal funding.

  2. Institution and Program Area Professional Development

    These activities are offered by program areas or Cooperative Extension to faculty and staff in Cooperative Extension. They include such activities as state program area meetings, Regional meetings and statewide Cooperative Extension Faculty and Staff Conference.

  3. Program Specific Professional Development

    These activities are developed and conducted by program areas, issue teams and the Program Development and Evaluation unit. They are intended to increase knowledge of specific program initiatives. These offerings are elective.

Policies and Procedures for Professional Development

Individuals should apply for funding support for self-directed activities through Regional offices. UW-Extension travel procedures apply to attendance at these activities. Combining funding from various sources is encouraged.

For More Professional Development Information:

Program Areas:

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development

Family Living Programs (Requires login)

4-H Youth Development (Requires login)

Program Development and Evaluation

Regional Offices:

East-Metro Region

Southwest Region

North Central Region

Northwest Region