About Montana State University Extension

Brief Position Overview
Engaged scholarship and use-inspired, convergent research represent growing priorities for major funders. The Associate Director of Research Development for Extension and Engagement will have an unprecedented opportunity to respond to these priorities by enhancing the societal relevance and public impact of research and scholarship at Montana’s land-grant university. Working as a member of both research development and extension leadership teams, this individual will play a vital role in increasing externally funded research and supporting MSU’s mission and status as a Carnegie-classified “very high research activity” (R1) and “community engagement” institution. As this is a new position, the Associate Director of Research Development for Extension and Engagement will have creative license when it comes to shaping the particulars of the role and fulfilling its broad charges of improving proposal development, elevating engagement and outreach in MSU’s academic culture, and increasing meaningful partnerships across MSU, Montana, and the West.

 

Extension work at MSU is defined as, the creation of partnerships, programs, and plans through Extension, or other community-based research, that leverage the knowledge and resources of the university and the public/private sector to enhance learning, discovery, and engagement; educate and engage citizens; strengthen communities; address locally identified issues and problems; apply and disseminate knowledge; and contribute to the public good.

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