Extension Orientation, Onboarding, and Mentorship

Providing resources that enable Extension Professionals to become acquainted with their profession and their colleagues helps new staff members to succeed in their roles, while enhancing their job performance and job satisfaction. As a result, longer retention within Extension is expected. In this section of the Professional Development Inventory, we are sharing resources that can be used for Orientation of new professionals; providing them with a series of Onboarding experiences; and equipping professional Mentors with resources to help the new staff members succeed in their orientation and onboarding.

Indiana
New Educator Orientation is provided to new Purdue Extension Educators as a two-day, on-campus experience.
Purdue orientation.pdf
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Kansas
Agents complete a Canvas course throughout their first year on the job, with most tasks and learning modules to be completed within the first 12 weeks. They have a virtual orientation within the first two months, and do a one-week in-person orientation within 6 months of hire.
KSU Orientation.pdf
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Missouri
MU Extension’s New Employee Orientation includes information on MU Extension’s history, land-grant mission, organization, and other Extensionspecific resources and information that benefit new employees. MU Extension’s New Employee Welcome Event is the next step in our onboarding process and is intended to provide new employees with professional development and networking opportunities to help them succeed in their new roles.
Missouri Orientation.pdf
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