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Step II and Step III promotions approved by MSU

The Michigan State University Provost’s Office has approved promotions of 10 Extension academic staff members to Step II and five to Step III. Step II is awarded after successful completion of a three-year and six-year portfolio review process, and is analogous to the promotion to associate professor rank for faculty. For individuals appointed in the MSUE Continuing Employment (CE) system, Step II also comes with award of CE status. Step III is awarded to Extension academic staff members who have demonstrated excellence and scholarly achievement in their work as Extension professionals over a sustained period. Those who are awarded Step III achieve “senior” status, analogous to achievement of the professor rank among faculty, and their titles are changed by addition of the senior modifier to the title of educator, program leader or specialist.

 Individuals who were successful in the Step II process this year include:

  • Janis Brinn, Children and Youth Institute
  • Kittie Butcher, Children and Youth Institute
  • Ryan Coffey, Greening Michigan Institute
  • Elizabeth Ferry, Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute
  • Andrew Hayes, Greening Michigan Institute
  • Glenda Kilpatrick, Children and Youth Institute
  • Betty Jo Nash, Children and Youth Institute
  • Nikki Rothwell, Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute
  • Brad Slaughter, Michigan Natural Features Inventory
  • Dixie Ward, Greening Michigan Institute

 Those who were promoted to senior status this year include:

  • Phil Durst, Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute
  • Kathy Lee, Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute
  • Amy Irish-Brown, Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute
  • George Silva, Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute
  • Jane Herbert, Greening Michigan Institute

 Congratulations to all for this significant achievement. You can learn more about the Step II and Step III processes in our Administrative Handbook at Step I, Step II and Step III Promotions.

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MSUE faculty awarded promotions

Eight faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources who have Extension appointments were awarded reappointment or promotions in action taken by the Michigan State University Board of Trustees in June. The following assistant professors were granted reappointment for a second three-year term as assistant professors:

 Daniel Brainard, Assistant Professor, Horticulture

A. Stuart Grandy, Assistant Professor, Crop and Soil Sciences

Matthew Grieshop, Assistant Professor, Entomology

Paolo Sabbatini, Assistant Professor, Horticulture

 Four other faculty members who had previously been granted tenure were promoted from associate professor to professor rank:

 Leslie Bourquin, Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Rufus Isaacs, Professor, Entomology

Zenia Kotval, Professor; Planning, Design and Construction

Dale Rozeboom, Professor, Animal Science

 The Trustees’ action affected other faculty in CANR and other colleges who do not have Extension appointments, but whose expertise is important for our ability to deliver programs. Congratulations to all on their reappointment or promotion. We appreciate having them actively engaged in conducting research and developing programs that help us serve the people of Michigan.

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Promotions announced for five Extension professionals

In our second year of reviewing Michigan State University Extension professionals for promotion to senior status, we are pleased to announce five colleagues who will be awarded senior status as of July 1, 2010. They include:

 Lela Vandenberg, senior Extension specialist
Dan Rossman, senior Extension educator
Judy Ratkos, senior program leader
Tom Schneider, senior Extension educator
Hannah Stevens, senior Extension educator

 You may recall the inaugural announcement of promotions last July, in which 11 colleagues were promoted. Promotion to senior status is an opportunity to recognize excellent employees for their scholarly work while encouraging them to continue to excel in their Extension assignments. I think of it as being analogous to promotion from associate professor to professor for ranked faculty. The dossiers of candidates are reviewed by a committee of peers, which included Julie Chapin, Chuck Pistis, Dawn Contreras, Dale Mutch and Dean Solomon this year. I’m grateful for the time and effort they gave to providing their input and to professionals from around the nation who provided external reviews of the candidates’ dossiers.

 Individuals who are interested in being considered for promotion in 2011 should indicate their interest with a letter of intent due to their Institute Director by July 1. Michelle Rodgers has provided instructions to District Coordinators and Institute Directors and will distribute a message to all MSUE employees in the next week with more details on the process for 2011.

 Congratulations to our newest group of senior Extension professionals, and thanks to them for pursuing their careers with MSU Extension!

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