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University of Alberta Agriculture Division and UA System Sign Special Agreement



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The special agreement between the U of A and UADA will provide new collaborative opportunities for both entities.

The University of Arkansas and the UA System Division of Agriculture (UADA) have signed a special agreement to guide the ongoing cooperation and fundamental interactions between the two entities.

“The agreement reflects a new spirit of collaboration for the mutual benefit of the University of Arkansas, the Division of Agriculture and the State of Arkansas,” said Ed Fryar, board member of administration of the AU system and chairman of the agriculture committee. “I am grateful to everyone working together with the best interests of the Arkansans in mind to strengthen the collective impact of both entities.”

“This is an important step forward, not only in formal codifying the specific details of the agreement, but also in reinforcing the benefits of the mutual association between the U of A and the Division of L ‘agriculture,” said the chairman of the AU system. Donald Bobbit.

In 1959, the board established the Division of Agriculture to focus land grant research and outreach efforts in Arkansas. Many of its professors have cross-appointments within the Division of Agriculture and the U of A and the two have overlapping properties. As both entities have their own administration and policies, the agreement is intended to ensure smooth operations between the Division of Agriculture and the U of A.

The agreement includes operations for the remainder of the current fiscal year and fiscal year 2023, or until completion of a memorandum of understanding (MOA) to become effective no later than the start of the year. financial year 2024.

Appropriate management and other U of A and UADA representatives will continue to meet to finalize the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding. The MOU will include, but not be limited to, terms and procedures related to financial operations and human capital, services, benefits, facilities and space allocation, as well as the management of cross-appointments.

“We have a long and successful history of working with the Agriculture Division,” Acting Chancellor Charles Robinson said. “And this initiative to assess and align our shared resources will play an important role in strengthening this partnership for the future as we seek to produce innovative research and provide meaningful outreach in service of our mission of land grant.”

“This is a new deal for once again, and I couldn’t be more supportive,” said Acting Vice President of Agriculture Chuck Culver. “I would like to thank former Vice President for Agriculture Mark Cochran for initiating this process, the Agriculture Division leadership team for their vision and cooperative spirit, and Chancellor Robinson for his desire to strengthen the relationship between our two institutions.”

“In addition to its many other benefits, this special agreement lays an important foundation for expanding the ways in which we support our wonderful and hardworking staff and faculty,” said Deacue Fields, dean of Bumpers College and vice president of the designated agriculture. “I am thrilled with this progress and look forward to helping facilitate the development of an MOA that positions both Bumpers College and the division for future success.”

Fields assumes his new role as vice president of agriculture for the UA system on July 1, when JF Meullenet begins his role as acting dean of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. Meullenet will also continue to serve as UADA’s Senior Associate Vice President for Agricultural Research and Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station.

“This agreement strengthens our already strong ties with the University of Alberta and ensures that professors have the tools and resources they need to conduct research and make discoveries,” said Meullenet. “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the U of A to finalize the Memorandum of Understanding and advance our shared goals. »

“This collaborative agreement extends beyond northwest Arkansas and into every county in the state,” said Bob Scott, senior associate vice president-agriculture-extension for the Division of Agriculture. . “Little Rock State Office and all 75 county offices are part of the Agriculture Division. I am pleased with the collaborative and cooperative environment that Chancellor Robinson has cultivated during his interim term. »

While the MOU is being developed, the Special Agreement provides specific guidance in the following areas:

Financial conditions

Until the MOA is adopted, indirect costs generated by UADA AES related to sponsored research will be distributed according to the following structure:

  • U of A – 50 percent
  • UADA AES (including stipends to Bumpers College departments) – 50%

Administrative service fees

No administrative service fees will be charged by the U of A to the DADU during the period of the special agreement.

Promotion and tenure

Faculty hired in FY22 or FY23 with at least a 20% U of A appointment will be eligible for tenure or tenure track with the minimum 20% appointment for budgeted appointment at the U of A, either in teaching or research.

Advantages

  • Current UADA employees on campus or at the Milo J. Shult Research and Extension Center will have access to current benefits and discounts applicable to U of A employees.
  • Retired UADA employees who held joint positions between the U of A and UADA will receive the benefits and discounts usually given to retirees who worked on campus. The U of A will maintain these customary benefits and discounts so long as they are also provided to retired employees with a 100% U of A appointment and so long as UADA retirees otherwise comply with UADA guidelines. U of A when it comes to retiree benefit eligibility.

The two entities will also begin working together soon on a comprehensive spend analysis to inform the development of a jointly agreed cost-sharing model for implementing the new MOU.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through teaching new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of colleges and universities in the United States with the highest level of research activity. US news and world report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Learn how the U of A is working to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.

About the Agriculture Division: The mission of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture System is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research with the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the country’s historic land grant education system. The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities in the University of Arkansas system. It has offices in all 75 counties of Arkansas and faculty at five system campuses. The Agricultural System Division of the University of Arkansas offers all of its extension and research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin , religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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