April 2004 // Volume 42 // Number 2

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Editor's Page

"JOE FAQ's" calls attention to the updated and reconfigured page that should answer most of your questions about JOE. "April 2004 JOE" talks about the many articles in this issue that take a "long view of Extension" and how JOE really is the Journal of Extension.


  • Is JOE a peer-reviewed journal?
  • What's the acceptance rate for the journal?
  • Does JOE accept international submissions?
  • How can I become a JOE reviewer? (By the way, we could use some reviewers with economics expertise.)
  • How permanent and secure is JOE?

You can find the answers to these and 12 other frequently asked questions about JOE at our updated and reconfigured JOE FAQ's. If you think of other JOE questions that belong with our FAQ's, please let me know. And if you have colleagues with JOE questions, please let them know about JOE FAQ's.

April 2004 JOE

As I promised in February, the April issue of JOE contains quite a few articles that take what I've been calling a "long view of Extension." That is, many of the articles in this issue "take on" Extension as a whole or comment on issues important to Extension and Extension's future. How better to celebrate JOE's 40th anniversary?

We've got a Commentary that tells us "it's time to put theory into action" when it comes to futuring, "Futuring: The Implementation of Anticipatory Excellence." And we've got one that addresses a probing question, indeed, "Which Universities Should Provide Extension Services?"

Then there's a Feature on "Identifying the Public Value in Extension Programs," which resonates in an interesting way with the second Commentary, and one on "Evidence-Based Extension," which resonates in at least as interesting a way with "Can Diversity Extend to Ways of Knowing? Engaging Cross-Cultural Paradigms."

Want to read about the kinds of skills and support Extension professionals in the field need? See "Supporting the Critical Administrative Leadership Role of County Directors"; "Extension Agents as Administrators of Volunteers: Competencies Needed for the Future"; and "Defining Key Sub-Competencies for Administrative County Leaders."

How about teams and teamwork? See "Program Leadership: Do Teams Work?"; "Teams Change Everything"; and "Self-Directed Work Teams: The Antidote for 'Heroic Suicide.'"

Combine these with the other articles that take a "long view" and with the many articles having a more subject-specific orientation, and it's clear that JOE really is the Journal of Extension.

Laura Hoelscher, Editor