CD Wire - October 21, 2019

Mission Statement:
Ohio State University Extension
Community Development
helps communities enhance
their well-being.

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award - Nominations Due November 1:

Please consider nominating a deserving Community Development professional.

The Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award recognizes a CD Extension professional for significant programmatic strengths, major contributions and innovative approaches achieved over the course of their Extension career with a $1500 cash award. The awardee’s accomplishments must have value beyond their assigned work location; they must document long term strengths in teaching and research; exhibit a long-standing record of teamwork and collaboration in program planning, implementation and evaluation as well as a successful track record in grant awards, cost recovery or other external funding.

Additional information can be found here. Thank you.

2019 OSU Extension Annual Conference

You are invited to attend and participate in the 2019 OSU Extension Annual Conference – Land-Grant Fierce: Meeting the Challenge. The work we do as a land-grant institution is even more critical today than at possibly any other time in our more than 100-year history. Our ability to braid together our three missions of teaching, research, and Extension to bring the knowledge and resources of The Ohio State University to all our statewide campuses and beyond is invaluable. We are optimally poised as a land-grant to make a difference in the life of every Ohioan through our partnerships, products, processes, and people.

Annual Conference will be held December 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus. Accommodation information, as well as all conference information, can be found here. Conference registration will open the week of November 4.

Extension Roadshows

You are cordially invited and highly encouraged to attend one of the six upcoming OSU Extension Roadshows during the month of November. Dates and locations are listed below. Lunch will be provided. There is no charge for participation. Please use this link to register.

The priorities for these Roadshows are:

  1. Provide Civil Rights training across the state.
  2. Provide an opportunity for Interim Director Jackie Kirby-Wilkins and Administrative Cabinet to listen to your needs and concerns.
  3. Provide an opportunity for Learning and Organizational Development to hear your needs and desires for professional development opportunities.

Dates and locations:

Friday, November 1 – South Centers @ Piketon (Endeavor Center), 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, OH 45661

Tuesday, November 5 – Operations, Caldwell, 16714 Wolf Run Road, Caldwell, OH 43724 

Friday, November 8 – Lucas Satellite Horticulture Office (MetroParks Toledo Botanical Gardens Conference Center), 5403 Elmer Drive, Toledo, OH 43615

Monday, November 18 – Willis Government Building (Board of Elections Meeting Room), 2079 US 23 N, Delaware, OH 43015

Tuesday, November 19 – OARDC, Fisher Auditorium (South Exhibit Area), 1680 Madison Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691

Monday, November 25 – Montgomery County Agricultural Society Calumet Center, Office of OSU Extension Montgomery, 58 Calumet Lane, Dayton, OH 45417

Each will start with registration at 9 a.m. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and be done before 3 p.m. Offices are encouraged to carpool and may close for the day to attend.


I want to congratulate Cindy Bond and Gwynn Stewart for revising the "Rural Neighbors – Living and Working Together" fact sheet (CDFS-1280). The document is now posted to Ohioline.

Hold the Dates

Next year, two CD in-services have been scheduled: April 16 and August 6. Both in-services will be held at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. If you would like to be involved in planning the agenda, please let me know.

Have a great week and remember: “Old ways don’t open new doors.”



Diversity Training: An Introduction to LGBTQ+ Identities - October 24 or 29:

CFAES’ Office of Equity and Inclusion in partnership with Cultivating Change, a new student organization for LGBTQ+ undergraduate, graduate students and their allies who are interested in the food, agricultural and environmental sciences, offers an interactive workshop entitled “Queer 101: An Introduction to LGBTQ+ Identities.” This workshop explores the diverse identities within the LGBTQ+ community. Participants will receive information and gain skills for creating inclusive and welcoming environments for LGBTQ+ people and a better understanding of their own identities. CD's program assistant, Gage Smith, is the president of Cultivating Change.

Workshops will be held on the Columbus campus on Thursday, October 24, and on the Wooster campus on Tuesday, October 29, both from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Registration deadline for the Columbus workshop is October 23. Registration deadline for the Wooster workshop is October 28.

Invitation to Participate in a Professional Development Survey - Due October 25:


Extension professionals are invited to take a survey about four topic areas that will explore professional development and training across Cooperative Extension. The survey will take approximately five minutes to complete, and results will be shared within the Cooperative Extension System. Through funding from a USDA-NIFA Cooperative Agreement, eXtension will be providing professional development across Cooperative Extension for all land-grant universities and continue to strengthen technology delivery. Take the survey.

Cybersecurity Days Community Forum - October 28:

Cyber Security Days On October 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be a Cybersecurity Days Community Forum at the Ohio Union. A variety of sessions will be offered regarding what cybersecurity is, as well as how to ensure digital protection. At the forum, there will also be a sneak peak of the university’s new security awareness platform, Cybersecurity 4 You. Read more. Register.

Deadline for UITL Teaching Support Program - October 31:

UITL Eligible instructors should complete the first two components of the Teaching Support Program (TSP) by October 31 to receive compensation at the end of December.

The first component, the Teaching Practices Inventory, takes less than 30 minutes. Nearly 3,000 instructors have stepped into the TSP, which is offered by the University Institute for Teaching and Learning. Deadline to complete the TSP for compensation is March 31. Read more.

Writing a Compelling Project Narrative - October 31 or November 1:

On Thursday, October 31 from noon to 1 p.m. (Columbus) and Friday, November 1 from noon to 1 p.m. (Wooster), Kayla Arnold will be leading a session titled "Writing a Compelling Project Narrative." Grant applications include various sections, one of the most important being the project narrative. This section is your chance to describe your research idea to the funding agency, how it will be carried out, why your project is important, and the feasibility of such a project. In this session, we will discuss how to develop a strong project narrative and how to communicate your research clearly. This session will also be very beneficial for students who are applying for a SEEDS grant. Register.

Learning Community Diversity Workshop Series - November 4, 11, & 18:

Engage and Empower Online

Community organizers and educators leading or engaged in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work are generally highly committed but have odds stacked against them. The chance for social change can feel slim and the resistance we face can feel painful. Together we must take turns feeling what is happening to and around us, and letting our feelings guide us into solidarity action for systematic change in university and community settings.

Participate in Heal, Repair, Recover, a learning community that explores the gap between institutions’ symbolic commitments to diversity and the experience of those who embody or advance diversity in their communities. The series will take place on November 4, 11, and 18 from noon to 1 p.m. Register.

Skype for Business Training - November 6:

Skype for Business

On November 6 at 10:30 a.m., Skype for Business Training will be held at Mount Hall on the Columbus campus, as well as via Zoom.

The 90-minute training will address the following:

  • The Skype environment
  • Placing and answering calls
  • Managing voicemail
  • Instant messaging
  • Online meetings
  • Device options
  • Skype for Business mobile

Contact Dietrich Eubank ( with questions. Register.

Exploring Blind Spots to Build Understanding - November 6:

At this workshop, participants will discuss the impact of potential blind spots and implicit bias on our interactions in this instructor-led workshop. Engage in conversations of understanding in the workplace to expand perspectives, build relationships and foster a culture of inclusion. The event is on November 6 from 11 12:30 p.m. at the Office of Human Resources, 1590 N. High St. Register.

Strategic Doing: Leading Complex Collaborations Training - November 6 - 8:

Strategic Doing

Strategic Doing 301 training will begin on November 6 at 8 a.m. and will end on November 8 at 1 p.m. This two-and-a-half-day training will focus on thinking differently about collaboration, how to help groups have different – and more productive – kinds of conversations, and how to make sure that conversation turns into action. Register.

A simulation will be used for the first two days of the training, as well as plenty of time for unpacking why it works. On the last half-day, there will be time to consider how to start using Strategic Doing to approach challenges and ways to get assistance from the instructors and peers. Participants receive a copy of the book: Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership (Wiley, 2019), a workbook, and access to an online library of resources.

Upcoming NCRCRD Webinar - November 7:

North Central Regional Center for Rural Development Making Sense of Incentives: Taming Business Incentives to Promote Prosperity
November 7 at 2 p.m.
Presented by: Timothy J Bartik, Upjohn Institute

CFAES' Office of Equity and Inclusion Fall Professional Development Workshops:

CFAES Equity and Inclusion This fall the CFAES Office of Equity and Inclusion will be hosting professional development workshops, which will be facilitated by Dr. Leo Taylor, Program Director for Equity and Inclusion. Please contact Equity and Inclusion’s Program Director, Dr. Leo Taylor (, or Program Assistant, Alicia Baca (, if you have questions or would like more information. These workshops are free and open to all CFAES faculty, staff (including postdocs), undergraduates, and graduate students.

Men, Women, and Everyone Else: An Exploration of Sex, Gender, and Gender Identity - November 7 or 8:

This workshop will take a deep look into the surprisingly complex world of sex and gender and will culminate in an in-depth discussion of the diversity of transgender identities. Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of how their identities fit in the limitless continua of possibilities and be better equipped to create safer, more inclusive environments for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals at work and in their communities. 

  • Columbus - Thursday, November 7, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. (Eastman Room, Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center). Register.
  • Wooster - Friday, November 8, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. (126 Research Services). Register.

Discussion with the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center - November 8:

Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center (OhSFEC) is an Ohio State University center housed in the Center on Educational Training for Employment (CETE) located just off campus. The center’s director, Dr. Barbara Boone, and her staff are interested in meeting with Ohio State University Extension educators to learn about experiences related to school-family-community engagement in communities.

In addition, the center is seeking feedback on an infographic toolkit we would like to develop around school-family-community engagement. On Friday, November 8 at 10 a.m., OhSFEC will be hosting a brainstorming discussion to talk about these topics and more. Participants can join via Zoom or in person (location TBD). To show interest, complete this survey.

Accessibility in Extension and Higher Education Webinar - November 18:

Purdue and CFAES Extension On Monday, November 18 at noon, Megan Fogel and Laura Akgerman will be leading a webinar titled "Accessibility in Extension and Higher Education." The first half of the program will cover the basics of creating accessible digital content and cover legal obligations in offering content that is accessible to all audiences. In the second portion of the program, the presenters will focus on accessibility of physical spaces. More will be shared about the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how to ensure compliancy. Register.

Converging on Wicked Systems Problems Lecture - November 18:

Converging on Wicked Systems Problems
The “Converging on Wicked Systems Problems” lecture will be hosted by Dean Cathann Kress as part of the 75th Anniversary Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR) Lecture Series. It will be held November 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bob Evans Auditorium, Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center with a reception following the lecture. Presentations and panelists will focus on the application of transdisciplinary research and systems approaches to solve grand challenges in our food, water, and energy systems. Register here before November 12.

Managing Sponsored Programs Awards Workshop - November 19:

On November 19 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., there will be a workshop focused on managing sponsored program awards. It will be offered in Columbus in room 355 at Jennings Hall and in room 126 Research Services at Wooster. There is also the option to view the session online. Attend this workshop to learn effective project management by understanding the electronic tools available and regular monitoring activities. Register.

OSU Extension Income Tax Schools:

Image of IRS Publication The upcoming Tax School for Tax Practitioners workshop series will be held in late October, November, and December in various locations in Ohio. These sessions will focus on how to deal with the new tax law (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) for both individuals and businesses in the state. Register and read more.

DC Days 2020 - Applications Due December 20:

DC Days 2020 The CFAES Office for Research and Graduate Education and the Grant Development Support Unit are happy to announce that the 2020 DC Days request for applications is now available. This trip allows researchers to become more competitive by providing an opportunity to visit with federal program officers. This is an excellent opportunity for networking and to increase grant writing skills. Read more.

Interested individuals should e-mail a single PDF document to Pam Schlegel ( containing the following:

  1. Cover Page: Include Name, Faculty Rank, Department, and up to three Federal sponsors and/or specific program officers and/within their programs you would like to meet with.
  2. Abstract: Applicants must provide a comprehensive abstract (1000 words or less) detailing your research program and a synopsis of an anticipated proposal submission.
  3. Curriculum Vita: Vita should include a complete list of publications, contributed and invited talks, and funding history - including submitted, funded and non-funded proposals.

Please contact Pam Schlegel ( with questions. The deadline for applications is December 20. Successful applicants will be notified mid-January 2020.

Urban Extension Events - January 28 & 29:

Think Beyond Summit

Urban Universities and Thriving Communities on January 28 at The Ohio Union
This special OSU Sesquicentennial event will focus on confronting complexities of education, healthcare, economic, and human development.

Join educators, industry, nonprofit and community leaders at The Ohio State University to exchange ideas and reinvigorate our collective efforts toward strengthening and sustaining vibrant, inclusive communities. Read more. If you are interested, complete this survey.

Urban Extension 2020-2025 on January 29 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
This event will address converging national, state, campus, and college interests to provide perspective for planning the OSU Urban Extension 2020-2025. To show interest in helping plan this event, email Julie Fox (

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate:

The College of Arts and Sciences now offers a certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This 12-credit-hour certificate is open to all degree-seeking Ohio State students as well as anyone with a bachelor’s degree, including eligible Ohio State faculty and staff. Faculty and staff can take advantage of tuition assistance and a flexible course schedule. Beginning spring 2020, the certificate can be completed in person or online. Read more.



Fisher Leadership Initiative Research Grant Proposals due October 25:

The Fisher Leadership Initiative at the Max M. Fisher College of Business is accepting proposals for its third annual Leadership Research Grant program. Faculty, staff and graduate students from colleges and units across the university are invited to submit projects for consideration. This year, the Fisher Leadership Initiative intends to award up to $50,000 in grants to eligible projects. The deadline to apply is October 25. Read more.

Innovate 2020 Proposals due November 19:

innovate transform Innovate 2020 will explore how we transform the landscape of 21st century education to ensure excellence in teaching and learning, improve the student experience, and change the world beyond the classroom.

From individual teaching practice to interdisciplinary collaborations and institution-wide initiatives, your innovative ideas and inspiring stories are being requested. The event will be held at The Ohio Union on May 14, 2020. Read more.

Supplemental Request for Applications due December 6:

This fall, the North Central Region Water Network (NCRWN) and the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) are partnering to address the challenges for agriculture and communities posed by devastating recurring floods.

They are currently accepting applications through their Supplemental Request for Applications for multi-state projects that result in a collaborative whitepaper or report that:

  • Documents current Extension responses to long-term flood planning and preparedness across the North Central Region,
  • Assesses long-term flood planning and preparedness needs for agriculture and communities that Extension is best suited to address,
  • Documents gaps in Extension programs and the research foundations of Extension programs, related to long-term flood planning and preparedness.
  • In collaboration with Network leadership, NCRCRD leadership, Extension program leaders for Agriculture, and Extension program leaders for Community Development develops recommendations for strengthening Extension support for long-term flood planning and preparedness and reducing flood vulnerability in the North Central Region.

Lead applicants must have an Extension appointment/assignment at a land-grant institution in the North Central Region. Read more. Download the full Supplemental Request for Applications here. Applications were due no later than December 6 at 5 p.m. CT. 

CFAES Grant Development Support Unit now offers Color-coded Proposal Reviews:

CFAES Grant Development Support Unit

The Grant Development Support Unit now offers color-coded proposal reviews to CFAES faculty. A color-coded proposal review is a review system that provides constructive, unbiased feedback to improve overall proposal quality and competitiveness with the goal of increasing award success rates. The GDSU offers blue, pink, red, and gold level reviews.

  • Blue Team Review: A review of the narrative outline to ensure all sections are included and writers assigned to each section. Identify missing information. Timing: 10+ weeks before submission.
  • Pink Team Review: A review of a first/second draft of the narrative (65-80% complete). Assess if in agreement with RFP. Timing: 8-10 weeks before submission.
  • Red Team Review: A disciplined and methodical peer review process of a near-final narrative to identify areas of improvement. Involves three to four subject matter experts. Timing: 6-8 weeks before submission.
  • Gold Team Review: A review of the final narrative to ensure compliance. Timing: Two weeks before submission.

Contact Shannon Hollis ( or 614-292-1748) with questions.



Articles/Publications of Interest:

Weekly News Digest (CFAES information blog for faculty & staff)

The Ohio State University Extension’s Direct Food and Agricultural Marketing Program Selected to Receive Sustainable Agriculture Grant from NCR-SARE (South Centers News)

CFAES Research News (October 2019)

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