Epsilon Sigma Phi

ESP is dedicated to fostering standards of excellence in the land-grant extension system and developing the extension profession and professional.

National organization

Visit the National Epsilon Sigma Phi website at www.espnational.org for the membership handbook, award applications and much more.

Latest information for members


Fall 2014 ESP newsletter (PDF) — published Oct. 1, 2014

Spring 2014 ESP Newsletter (PDF) — published April 17, 2014

Winter 2014 ESP Newsletter (PDF) — revised Feb. 13, 2014

Global Connections webinars

Epsilon Sigma Phi is holding monthly lunchtime webinars to provide MU Extension faculty and staff an opportunity to discuss their professional global experiences and the resulting impact on their life, career and MU Extension. Sessions are 45 minutes long (12-12:45 p.m.) with interactive presentations and moderated dialogue. So pack a lunch and munch while you learn and explore with colleagues.

Wed., Nov. 12, noon - 12:45 p.m.
Sharon Gulick, State Specialist on Entrepreneurship and Director of Extension Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development Program
Exploring Global Community Economic Development Opportunities– Linking with University of Edinburgh

To sign up for either webinar, go to https://extensionapps.missouri.edu/webapps/RegisterISE.aspx .

Complete Global Connections schedule and recordings of previous presentations

Change Agent Challenge

ESP professional development committee invites you to participate in the Change Agent Challenge, an initiative designed to hone our professionalism together through co-learning and networking.  This is an opportunity for you to get to know others who you might not have a chance to work with, build stronger relationships with your colleagues, and influence the culture of our organization.

We're reading Start With Why by Simon Sinek and discussing it on the ESP Facebook group page. This is a closed group, so only members of the group will see messages posted to it. To join the group, send a request on the page and we will add you.


Join ESP

Benefits of membership (PDF)

Member brochure and membership form (PDF)


The Extension Worker's Creed (PDF)
Adopted in 1927 as ESP's creed at the first national Grand Council Meeting, this document has been revised through the years to always be an articulation of the values of Extension professionalism. The first version was prepared by the founder of ESP, W.A. Lloyd.

In 1952 ESP published a book called The Spirit and Philosophy of Extension Work, edited by R.K. Bliss. The entire book is available as an online-only digital book from  Pennsylvania State University. http://collection1.libraries.psu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/digitalbks3/id/30351
You can find the original 1927 version of the creed on page 357.