Membership

It’s Time to Join!

Every November and December, we invite you to come join us to be a part of a dynamic organization that helps develop and maintain leaders from all disciplines within the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and beyond.

For more information, contact:
Izette McNealy
office: 205-325-5342
cell: 205-535-0160
email: mcneaiz@aces.edu

There are the two classes of membership:

  1. Active member. A professional (currently employed or retired) who has exhibited excellence in programming and leadership.
  2. Life Member. A retiree from Cooperative Extension who has paid an amount equal to five times the national annual dues at the time of purchase or makes installment payments over a 2-year period.

Epsilon Sigma Phi values and seeks a diverse membership representing Alabama’s land grant institutions. The membership of Epsilon Sigma Phi shall consist of duly installed faculty and Administrative and Professional personnel who have done the following:

  • Held full- or part-time Extension appointments
  • Successfully completed the required probationary period per their respective appointment on June 1 of the previous year
  • Displayed a cooperative and helpful attitude toward fellow Extension employees
  • Demonstrated competency in assigned fields of responsibility
  • Exhibited ability in educational techniques essential to the conduct of an effective Extension program

Benefits of Epsilon Sigma Phi Membership:

  • Scholarships for individual professional development opportunities including advanced degrees
  • Professional development grants for chapters
  • Chapter and national recognition programs for member individuals and teams
  • National Conference provides an opportunity to give peer reviewed scholarly presentations
  • Involvement in public issues and activities
  • ESP Connection newsletter and ESP Communiqué provide communication with members
  • Numerous and varied professional development opportunities
  • Chapter and national leadership opportunities
  • Network of Extension professionals united across disciplines and program areas
  • Mentoring opportunities
  • Chapter officer/member training support
  • Involvement in Global and International Opportunities
  • Partnerships with Joint Council of Extension Professionals and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA)–USDA