Professional Development

Our mission To enhance the learning and growth of all employees and support their efforts towards professional excellence.  We value continuous learning, self-direction, core competency development, scholarship and career growth.

What we do:  We are responsible for face-to-face and online learning opportunities related to keystone events such as New Staff Onboarding and Fall Conference.  We also offer workshops and courses on competencies such as facilitative leadership, collaborating in Zoom, conflict resolution, Ask an Expert, and adult learning. Some important resources for you to know about include:

  • Live Zoom! and Face-to-face trainings are updated on our OD Events page.
  • elevateU is an MSU resource for professional development on all topics.  Log into ebs to access it under "My Career and Training." You have access to thousands of searchable videos, but our favorites are kept in The Library under Unit Specific Programs > MSU Extension.
  • What Every Extension Worker Should Know is a great resource for acquainting new faculty and staff to the basics of Extension.

We are currently creating an inventory of professional development resources through MSU Extension, MSU, and outside resources. Contact Our Learning and Talent Development Specialist, Anne Baker, for suggestions if you have a specific training need. 

Professional Development Fund Awards

There are two endowed funds that are available to Extension staff for pursuits of professional development and advanced degrees: The Endowed Fund Award (general professional development)and the K.J. Moilanen Memorial Scholarship Fund (degree work). More information on eligibility and access to application and submission information is found by clicking on the links in the right column, under Professional Development.

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