Assistant /Associate Professor and Extension Specialist

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Job Title

Assistant /Associate Professor and Extension Specialist


Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service


Agricultural Economics

Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

Lubbock, Texas

Job Type


Job Description

Extension Specialists serve as subject matter experts and use their expertise to fulfill the mission of the Agency, providing support to the Extension network at the county, district, region, and state levels. Extension Specialists both individually and in team settings plan, coordinate, develop, implement, and evaluate curricula extension education programs, and educational resources. Additionally, they are expected to perform scholarly work including, but not limited to, applied research related to their subject matter area.

Roles and responsibilities of Extension Specialists are typically as follows, but can vary depending on the department and expectations of the Associate Department Head, Department Head/Unit Leader and/or Agency leadership:



  • Collect and synthesize information from county, regional, and statewide program development committees, clientele needs assessments, trend data, clientele organizations, and key industry leaders to guide the content, quality, and priority of programming
  • Train Extension personnel to use appropriate educational methods and techniques for communicating with specific audiences
  • Support agents with programming and content related to the subject matter expertise through program planning meetings, individual consultation, site visits with clientele, speaking at educational programs, and in other educational roles
  • Provide input to DEAs and RPLs regarding agent-training needs
  • Coordinate with RPLs and appropriate agents programming efforts, result/demonstrations, and other activities when performed in counties.
  • Provide professional development opportunities and mentor and coach agents as requested by RPLs, DEAs, and ADHs in subject matter, issues identification, and program planning areas


  • Develop disciplinary and interdisciplinary programming efforts as appropriate to adequately address the priority issues facing our stakeholders
  • Work to effectively coordinate and integrate programs and, as appropriate, contribute to an Extension Coordinated Program Area
  • Develop and implement evaluation strategies to assess outcomes from Extension educational programs and demonstrate evidence of program impacts (i.e., knowledge gain, behavior change, adoption of new technologies and best practices, economic impact) as measured by well-designed program evaluations
  • Participate in program planning at the multi-county or regional level and convey insights to their ADH or unit leader as appropriate


  • Provide timely and effective coordination, cooperation, and scheduling of activities with colleagues and personnel within Extension and across AgriLife, including but not limited to District Extension Administrators, Regional Program Leaders, Associate Department Heads/Program Leaders, other departmental or unit faculty/staff, County Extension Agents/staff, and AgriLife Research and College personnel.
  • Engage with external groups including state and federal government agencies and stakeholder organizations and other entities to better understand issues and potential partner in addressing stakeholder needs.
  • Seek grants, contacts, and other revenue sources to advance and sustain programmatic efforts in the subject area
  • Engage in leadership through
    • membership on unit/departmental, college, and agency committees
    • participation in professional organizations and societies
    • mentorship of junior Extension faculty
  • Demonstrate collegiately by serving on departmental/unit, Extension and AgriLife committees, and demonstrating a track record of building effective working relationships across departments, agencies, and/or colleges

Scholarly Efforts

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate innovative educational programs and materials (e.g., fact sheets, instruction manuals, educational videos, online courses, computer software programs, apps, etc.)
  • Conduct applied or translational research that is in line with the Extension Specialist’s Extension programming effort
  • Publish creative and scholarly work in refereed journals appropriate to the faculty member’s subject matter area, and present research findings at relevant professional meetings or conferences
  • Support academic pursuits in the subject matter area through activities such as guest lectures, undergraduate student mentorship, student club activities, student competitive team activities, graduate student mentorship, serving on graduate student committees, and serving as a chair or co-chair on graduate student committees
  • Other duties as required.

Required Education and Experience:

PhD in related field - Candidates with All But Dissertation (ABD) will be accepted.

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Preferred - doctoral degree that aligns with the programmatic work of the agency, unit and/or position; published research results in refereed journals

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Experience in area of specialization, ability to write grant proposals to secure external funding; development and implementation of extension programming; evidence of publishing in peer-reviewed journals; and participation in professional societies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in the English language.
  • Competence in the use of personal computers; navigating communications, team collaboration, word processing and spreadsheet software; and using appropriate statistical-analysis software is required.
  • Ability to multi task and work cooperatively with others.

Reporting Line:

Extension Specialists and Program Specialists, depending on their home unit, report to an Associate Department Head and respective Department Head or Unit Leader. As applicable Regional Program Leaders and Program Area Coordinators will provide input in the specialist’s annual review.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.

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