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Celebrating Excellence via A&P and Faculty Promotion

-shared by Greg Davis, associate chair, Department of Extension

Being a part of Ohio State affords the Department of Extension an opportunity to have faculty educator and specialist positions. We also have the unique ability to have a promotion track for our A&P educators. There are more than 250 such positions currently, each with the ability to apply for promotion in rank. See the existing positions under Personnel Listings at the bottom of this page in the OSU Extension Policy and Procedures Handbook.

This time of year, we recognize our colleagues who have succeeded in their promotion application. Their accomplishments in programming, community engagement, teaching, scholarship, and service have been reviewed by peers and weighed against the expectations of their rank and position description. To learn more, see our A&P Educator Expectations Table for A&P educators and our Departmental APT Criteria for faculty. Full details are described in Section VI: Promotion and Tenure.

For our 2022 class, we celebrate the professional advancement of 33 A&P and three faculty colleagues. A&P educators promoted include:

A&P Educator I to II: Molly Avers (Ottawa 4-H), Justin Bower (state 4-H), Danielle Combs (Highland 4-H), Lydia Flores (Marion 4-H), Frances Foos (Madison 4-H), Andrew Holden (Ashtabula ANR), James Morris (Brown ANR/CD), Sami Schott (Noble FCS/4-H).

A&P Educator II to III: Katie Cole (Seneca 4-H), Michelle Fehr (Guernsey 4-H), Beth Guggenbiller (Mercer 4-H), Stephanie Karhoff (Williams ANR, now field specialist), Tyler Kessler (Adventure Central 4-H), Marcus McCartney (Washington ANR), Beth Miller (Auglaize 4-H), Christy Millhouse (Preble 4-H), Roseanne Scammahorn (Darke FCS), Lydia Ulry (Fayette 4-H).

A&P Educator III to IV: Godwin Apaliyah (Fayette CD), Becky Barker (Morrow 4-H), Christy Clary (Brown 4-H), Mike Estadt (Pickaway ANR), Cheryl Goodrich (Monroe 4-H), Jason Hartschuh (Crawford ANR), Teresa Johnson (Defiance 4-H), Jenny Lobb (Franklin FCS), Lisa Manning (Lake FCS/4-H), Amanda Osborne (Cuyahoga CD), Kelly Royalty (Clermont 4-H), Kate Shumaker (Holmes FCS), Beth Stefura (Mahoning FCS), Kyle White (area leader and Lorain CD), Rhonda Williams (Darke 4-H).

Faculty promoted include: Glen Arnold, field specialist, manure management (to professor); David Marrison, Coshocton ANR (to professor); and Elizabeth Hawkins, field specialist, agronomic systems (to associate professor with tenure).

For our colleagues in these positions, the process of applying for promotion in rank is similar to applying for a new job. Unique qualifications, skills, experience, and meaningful accomplishments are documented. Promotion provides an opportunity to continue to be challenged and grow as a professional. The process is designed to ensure continued success when tasked with higher level responsibilities. Understanding how the expectations vary depending on rank can better enable the upward trajectory in a way that is manageable, healthy, and sustainable. Here is the key: Do you know the rank of those you are working with? Do you know the expectations of their rank and of your own? How are we working together in ways to better take care of each other?