The Donald W. Fancher Provost Award for Outstanding Achievement in Extension and Continuing Education


To provide special recognition to faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to the extension and continuing education efforts of the campus.


The award is in the amount of $1,000, less applicable taxes.


Open to all faculty (full-time, tenured, non-tenured, and non-tenure track) with five or more years at MU. Preference will be given to those who have major extension and/or continuing education responsibilities as reflected by a current, at least 25 percent FTE, extension appointment. Individuals with service dates prior to Sept. 1, 2019, will be considered to have more than five years of service and are eligible to receive this award.


Faculty colleagues, departments, schools/colleges, or recognized campus organizations may nominate individuals.

Do not place nomination materials in a hard binder. The length of the nomination materials is not of primary importance because the final choice will be based on convincing evidence. Nomination materials will not be returned; therefore, the department chair should retain a copy of nomination materials for possible future use. Unsuccessful nominations may be updated and resubmitted in successive years.

Nomination materials should include:

  1. Submission Requirements Form
  2. Nomination/Cover Letter
    • Describe the extension and continuing education activity or activities that qualifies the candidate for nomination (i.e. projects, presentations, sustained administrative and delivery efforts, special honors and awards, publications or other comparable creative activity). Include a statement of the impact of the candidate’s activities.
  3. Supporting letters (limited to five) from clientele served, colleagues, students and peers.
  4. Nominee’s curriculum vitae (or resume).


Annual Deadline:  January 15 (due the following business day when falls on a weekend or holiday)

Nominations and supporting materials must be submitted by the Divisional Dean, who may establish an earlier deadline. Submit an electronic version as a single PDF attachment via email to Name the file as follows: YearFancher_LastFirst (e.g., 2025Fancher_TigerTruman). Original hard copies of the proposal packet are no longer required.

Please contact us at with any questions.

Past Recipients

2024Jo Britt-Rankin, Health Sciences
2023Julie Kapp, Health Management and Informatics
2022Teng Teeh Lim, Plant Sciences
2021No Nominations Submitted
2020No Nominations submitted
2019Gerald Lee Miller, Plant Sciences
2018Judy Stallmann,  Agricultural & Applied Economics, Rural Sociology and TSPA
2017Timothy Safranski, Animal Sciences
2016Craig Roberts, Plant Sciences
2015No award
2014Robert Broz, Extension Food Systems & Bioengineering
2013Shirley Farrah, Nursing Extension
2012Marcia Shannon, Ag Extension, Animal Sciences
2011No award
2010Stephen Ball, Human Nutrition & Exercise Physiology/Environmental Sciences Extension
2009Joe Horner, Ag Extension-Social Sciences
2008David Patterson, Animal Sciences
2007Robert Kallenbach, Plant Sciences
2006John Lory, Agronomy
2005No award
2004Von Pittman, Center for Distance and Independent Study
2003William J. Wiebold, Agronomy
2002Frank Seibert, Business Extension
2001Lynn Blinn Pike, Human Development and Family Studies
2000Kenneth D. Bopp, Health Management and Informatics
1999Daryl J. Hobbs, Rural Sociology
1998Ina Lynn McClain, State 4-H Youth
1997Jerry D. Carpenter, Agricultural Engineering
1996Doris P. Littrell, Extension Teaching
1995Barbara Froke, Human Environmental Sciences
1994Barry J. Steevens, Animal Sciences
1993Steven Graham, Continuing Professional Education
1992Robert P. Knight, Editorial (deceased) and Gail S. Ludwig, Geography
1991Shirley Farrah, Nursing
1990Wanda Eubank, Environmental Design
1989Rex R. Campbell, Rural Sociology
1988Betty Feather, Textile and Apparel Management