Staff Development Committee

The Staff Development Committee’s role is to assess the staff development needs of UMaine Extension staff and determine ways to address those needs. The committee operates with a annual budget of approximately $9,000 and unspent funds are devoted to organizational meetings held on a periodic basis.

The Staff Development Committee also seeks ideas from staff members for staff development activities. A staff member may propose a staff development activity they are willing to offer or they may propose that organizational resources be used to bring in an outside resource. The Staff Development Committee solicits proposals twice a year and is open to considering a proposal at any time. Please see the proposal submission form (Word).

An activity that would meet the definition of a staff development offering is one that:

  • benefits the total organization; or an employee group (professional, support staff, aides, classified or faculty)
  • is affordable;
  • addresses a need within the organization;
  • does not duplicate other efforts; and
  • crosses program areas, is not specific to one program area.

Your questions and suggestions are welcome. Contact the Staff Development Committee at

Committee members

  • Mike Eckhardt
  • Leslie Forstadt
  • Fran Sulinski
  • Sheila Vaillancourt

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