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3 UNCE educators earn full-professorship rank

Posted 1/22/2013

Schultz, Wilson and Donaldson promotions based on ’sustained’ achievement

Three University of Nevada Cooperative Extension faculty members have been promoted to full professors by UNR President Marc Johnson.

Sue Donaldson, Brad Schultz and Mary Wilson were notified earlier this month of their promotions to Rank IV status — the highest achievable faculty rank.

"Each of these educators have shown a sustained record of accomplishment, national recognition and professional standing," Interim UNCE Dean and Director Jerry Buk said. "They’re great teachers and researchers — and they’ve touched the lives of everyday Nevadans with their outreach work."

These educators are tenured members of the UNR faculty whose work is to do outreach — meaning they bring nonbiased, science-based teaching and information to the public through classes, seminars, guest lectures and applied research. The subjects they teach are determined by extensive research into the key issues facing Nevada communities and interest groups, such as senior citizens or alfalfa farmers. These "needs assessments" also help ensure that UNCE faculty are only working on issues not being addressed by other state agencies or municipalities.

"One thing our faculty — and these three faculty in particular — are good at is identifying the gaps in what Nevadans need and filling those gaps with information and programs that are effective and trusted," Buk said.

The three new full professors each works in a different area. Donaldson, a water quality education specialist in UNCE’s Western Area, teaches Master Gardeners and landscapers about water quality protection, pesticide safety for certified applicators, water quality planning for municipal officials and integrated weed management. Wilson is based in Clark County with UNCE’s Southern Area and teaches nutrition to a wide variety of age groups, from seniors to children. Schultz is the Extension Educator for Humboldt County and does extensive work on weed control, management of rangeland resources, and community development.

Schultz has been an Extension Educator with UNCE for 11 years, focusing on natural resource programs. He has made more than 447 educational presentations to more than 12,000 students, and his scholarly work includes four refereed journal articles, 74 refereed Extension publications, 10 proceedings papers, 28 technical reports, 14 trade journal articles, eight other scholarly papers and 74 conference presentations. He has received more than $1.2 million in external funds, including $200,000 in program enhancements.

Donaldson joined UNCE in 1996 as a water quality education specialist, providing community outreach programs on water quality protection, invasive weed management and pesticide safety. Her programs have reached national and international audiences and have been continuously supported by $1.6 million in grants and awards. She has published three peer-reviewed Extension curricula, 79 peer-reviewed Extension publications and six journal articles. Her programs have been recognized with 26 awards, including the national Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) Partnership Award in 2008 and the University Distinguished Outreach Faculty Award in 2007. She served as national president of the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals in 2008.

Wilson has been with UNCE as a nutrition specialist since 1989, securing tenure and promotion to associate professor in 1997. She is a nationally recognized expert in nutrition education programming for limited-resource families, and administers the federally funded Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program- Education (SNAP-ED). She has secured more than $1.7 million grants and has published nine refereed journal articles and 60 Extension publications, and has made 17 professional presentations. She served as UNR Faculty Senate Chair from 2000-2001 and received the UNR President’s Award for Outstanding Committee Service in 2006. She was recognized with the UNCE Faculty Award of Excellence in 2009.

Professor Profiles

Susan Donaldson

Susan Donaldson

Dr. Susan Donaldson joined Cooperative Extension in 1996 as a water quality education specialist, providing programs on water quality protection, pesticide safety and invasive weed management. These programs have reached national and international audiences and have been supported by $1.6 million in grants and awards. The goal of Donaldson’s teaching is to improve water quality by providing critical watershed audiences with the knowledge and skills needed to make necessary changes to protect water quality. From 1996 to 2005, Donaldson also served as Director of Operations of the State 4-H Camp, overseeing all phases of property management. In 1999, she led an effort by the Western Area natural resources team to complete and publish a broad needs assessment that identified the issues of water quality, watershed management and invasive weeds as priority issues for her teaching. In 2003, Donaldson co-authored the Watershed Management and Protection Plan for Tributaries of the Truckee River, a plan that was endorsed by the Regional Water Planning Commission.

Seeing a need for natural resource education for small acreage owners, Donaldson developed a curriculum called Living on the Land in 2000. The program was successful internationally, with 1,369 copies of the curriculum distributed to 42 states and four foreign countries. Her commitment to education extended outside of Nevada in 2006 and 2007 when she helped educators in Boise, Idaho, launch a successful small-acreage education program. The Idaho Living on the Land program was awarded the National Excellence Award for Programs by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents in 2007. In 2008, she also served as national president of the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals. Donaldson has also published three peer-reviewed Extension curricula, 79 peer-reviewed Extension publications and six journal articles. Her programs have garnered 26 national, regional, state and local awards since 2002.

UNCE Western Area Director, Frank Flavin said he has been privileged to work with Donaldson for the past six years. "In my 15 years with Cooperative Extension I have never met an Extension professional with the depth of scholarship and productivity of Sue Donaldson," Flavin said.

Mary Wilson

Mary Wilson

Since 1989, Mary Wilson has been a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Nutrition specialist. In 1997, she was promoted to associate professor. Besides serving on numerous committees at the international, national, regional, state, university and local levels, Wilson served as University of Nevada Reno Faculty Senate Chairperson from 2000 to 2001, and from 2002 to 2004 she served as UNCE interim Western Area director.

Wilson is a nationally recognized expert in nutrition education programming for limited resource families, administering the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-ED), both of which are federally funded. Because of her leadership in SNAP-ED, she was appointed to the Extension Council on Policy Snap-ED Task Force (2007-2008), CSREES SNAP-ED Program Development Team (2005-2008), and chaired the Extension SNAP-ED Research Grant Selection Committee in 2009. She was also awarded the 2009 UNCE Award of Excellence for her teaching and leadership within the SNAP-ED program. In 2004, Wilson became Nevada’s state Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) coordinator, which helps limited resource families acquire the knowledge necessary for them to provide nutritional diets for themselves and their families. Since becoming Nevada’s EFNEP coordinator, the program has continued to grow, educating nearly 5,000 participants and indirectly affecting the nutritional status of over 21,000 family members.

From 1990 to 2003, Wilson wrote the weekly Nutrition Helpline newspaper column in the Reno-Gazette Journal, promoting good nutrition practices to readers. In 2011, Wilson began writing monthly columns for the Las Vegas Review Journal’s heath section, also providing nutrition and food safety information to readers. Wilson has secured grants in excess of $1.7 million to support her programming efforts, has published nine refereed journal articles and 60 Extension publications, and has made 17 professional presentations.

Erik Killian, Interim Southern Area director, said Wilson is a great asset to UNCE. "Mary Wilson is a very dedicated and committed UNCE faculty member who always tends to go the extra mile to get things done," Killian said. Wilson continues to identify program needs in western and southern Nevada to address through integrated education and research.

Brad Schultz

Brad Schultz

For 11 years, Brad Schultz has been an Extension Educator with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension in Humboldt County. As the principal link between the University and the residents of Humboldt County, Schultz’s programs focus on natural resources and agriculture. Since 2001, Schultz has developed and delivered more than 446 educational presentations to more than 12,000 recipients while also receiving more than $1.2 million in external funds, including $200,000 in program enhancements.

The Nevada Range Management School, a grazing management program he co-developed for Nevada , expanded to Idaho and the country of Morocco in 2011. Following the creation of the program, the U.S. Forest Service’s International Forestry Program and Morocco’s High Commission for Forests, Water and Desertification invited Schultz to travel to Morocco to create and deliver a Moroccan Range School. Shultz’s other major programs include Noxious Weed Management and Control and Youth Education about Natural Resources and Agriculture. In 2007, Schultz collaborated with the Farm Services Agency to implement their non-insured crop insurance program for livestock producers. The FSA used his knowledge and analysis to determine if a livestock producer should receive insurance payments to offset forage losses from drought or other disasters.

Shultz’s research activity strongly supports his Extension programs. His record includes four refereed journal articles, 71 refereed Extension publications, 10 proceedings papers, 28 technical reports, 14 journal articles, 74 conference presentations and eight other scholarly papers. He currently has 12 e-Xtension papers in press and two journal articles in revision. During his time with UNCE, Shultz has served on one university, eight college, and five departmental committees.

Loretta Singletary, UNCE’s central/northeast area director, said Schultz has positively impacted Humboldt County. "Brad has effectively utilized direct and indirect teaching methods including formal presentations, field demonstrations, study tours, and one-on-one, problem-solving exercises," Singletary said. "His teaching and research record reflects his command of subject matter and excellence in both teaching and research."

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