Professional Development – Mini-Grant Issue
Each year since 2007, UF/IFAS Extension administration offers theopportunity for state and county Extension faculty to compete for a Professional Development Mini-Grant. Professional growth and development are key factors to job satisfaction and effectiveness. We have set aside funding to support local, state, national, and international initiatives. Each year the Office of the Dean for Extension sends out the current application, guidelines and timeline. In 2018 we were pleased to offer 32 Professional Development Mini-grants worth a $50,000 to UF/IFAS Extension faculty. This issue of UF/IFAS Extension Comings & Goings features the reports of last year’s awardees.
Program Extension Agent II, Sarasota County
Randall Penn was awarded a $1,300
mini-grant to attend the National Urban Extension Leadership (NUEL) Southern Region & 1890 Professional Development Conference. The Sarasota County waste reduction agent was selected to present a lightning talk during the opening day of the conference. The topic was strategies for reaching new audiences.
Proposal Outline: The sports industry is much more than the teams that are taking the field. In today’s world of sports, managers must be aware of all components of their organization, including their ability to impact and influence our communities. A handful of schools are leading the way by addressing the global concern for increased environmental and ecological sustainability in the sport industry. Additionally, organizations like the Green Sports Alliance are bringing together members and partners within the sports industry to engineer positive environmental and social impacts.