Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension In Public Policy: Department of Human Ecology University of California, Davis

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Title: Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension in Public Policy is located in the Department of Human Ecology, University of California, Davis.

The position of Specialist in Cooperative Extension (Specialist) is one of providing statewide leadership to University colleagues, public agencies, community- based organizations, youth, consumers, and citizens. The Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork, develop collaborative relationships with UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) academic colleagues, and ensure appropriate external input into the planning of research and educational programs by the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and UCCE.


Responsibilities: This position will be filled by a social scientist with training in public policy and experience with translational research, the process by which research findings are acquired, interpreted, and used by policy makers and practitioners, and by which the context-specific knowledge of practitioners and policy makers can inform more relevant research. The successful candidate is expected to conduct applied research and outreach in translational research and public policy and to develop an innovative program including four elements:

EXTENSION EDUCATION: Provide leadership as liaison between campus-based research, public policy makers, and community based organizations, and serve as a resource person for UCCE county-based academics. Provide training on translational research approaches and strategies.

APPLIED RESEARCH:  Provides leadership to plan and coordinate applied research activities related to translational research and public policy. Work with departmental and other research and UCCE academics to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration.

PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY: Participates in activities of appropriate local, state, and national professional organizations. Reviews research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise.

UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE:  Participates in activities of committees within the department, college, or UC Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources. Works with state and federal agencies (regulatory, advisory, etc.), counties, municipalities, and others on issues related to youth, families, and communities. Responds to media inquiries.


Qualifications: The applicant should have a doctoral degree in public policy, political science, public administration, sociology, planning, geography, education, or related fields, along with expertise and experience in linking science with policy processes to inform social change. Desired attributes include substantive policy expertise related to issues of concern to youth, families, and/or communities, and experience with research which translates the concerns of traditionally underrepresented groups.

Appointment date: Applications will be reviewed with the expectation that the appointee will be available for service on or about January 1, 2015.

Applications: Applications should be submitted on-line at ( Inquiries should be directed to Dr. David Campbell, Search Committee Chair, Department of Human Ecology, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA  95616, telephone (530) 754-4328, e-mail: To ensure consideration, applications should be received by September 2, 2014.



UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community.  We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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