Darrell A. Dromgoole, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Jeff Ripley, Associate Director- County Operations, Texas Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Scott Cummings, Associate Department Head and Program Leader; Professor and Extension Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
While County Extension educators are generalists in terms of subject matter expertise in the areas of agriculture, natural resources, nutrition, health or youth development their role as an educator is nevertheless vital. To be successful as an educator, it is critical that quality time be devoted to improving and enhancing subject matter expertise by Extension educators. There are a variety of roles that must be fulfilled by Extension, but the most important role is being an educator.
As Dr. Bob Robinson, Regional Program Leader Emeritus once stated, “Anyone can make coffee and bring donuts to a meeting, but it’s the educator who will make the difference!” There are a number of steps that can be taken to enhance Extension educator’s subject matter expertise early in their career. A few of these resources are listed below:
Remember, Extension educator’s most important role is that of an educator and these purposeful steps should be taken to enhance your subject matter expertise. In the upcoming Next Step to Success for New Extension Educators, we will provide some tips related to enhancing your skills in program development.