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UC Merced Extension is committed to offering access to quality academic, professional and personal enrichment opportunities in a variety of delivery methods to meet the needs of continuing students, professionals and modern learners. Extension seeks to inspire an interest in and commitment to lifelong learning by providing innovative and practical education experiences to help people improve their lives and reach their full potential. UC Merced Extension strives to make research and discovery real and applicable in the daily lives of people in the community and region.

What is Extension?

Extension currently offers access to regular academic courses, noncredit, professional development courses and personal enrichment courses in a variety of formats including face to face, hybrid and fully online. 


Extension Support Team

Jill Orcutt

Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management

Dean of University Extension

Dean of Summer Session

Jill Orcutt oversees the Offices of Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid, Students First Center, Summer Session, and Extension.  She earned both her bachelor's degree in Administrative Management and Master's of Arts degree in Higher Education from Central Washington University.  Orcutt has worked in higher education for more than 30 years in a variety of roles.  Her professional experience includes serving as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions at the University of Washington Bothell as well as roles in the Offices of the President, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Internal Auditor, Admissions, Financial Aid, and academic departments at Central Washington University.  Orcutt is a technology consultant for the American Association of Collegiate Registrar and Admission Officers (AACRAO).  She is excited to build increased educational opportunities for the San Joaquin Valley through University Extension. | 209-228-4785

Tammy Johnson

Director of University Extension

Director of Summer Session 

Tammy Johnson was born and raised in Merced, and graduated from Merced High School, Merced College and the University of California, Santa Barbara.  After earning a bachelor's degree in history, she lived in Cairo, Egypt before beginning graduate school at UCLA.  Johnson worked for several years as a program manager at UCLA before joining the staff of the School of Natural Sciences at UC Merced in June 2005.  She transitioned to her position with Summer Session in the Division of Student Affairs in 2012 and to University Extension in 2015.  Having been a part of UC Merced since before the campus opened, Johnson is humbled to have seen and contributed to the progress that’s been made by the faculty, students and staff, who have worked so hard to make UC Merced what it is today.  She has enjoyed building Summer Session and now is committed to building educational opportunities through University Extension for the San Joaquin Valley that engage the public in scholarship and creativity and lead to career advancement. | 209-228-7867

Lynn C. Reimer, Ph.D.

Director of Education Programs | 209-228-UNEX (8639) 

My work integrates my experience as a P-12 educator, instructor in Teacher Education, and research on STEM teaching and learning. I am an advocate for citizen science and conservation of our natural resources. My love of science and math began in middle school and matured in high school. I had amazing teachers that inspired me to be the first in my family to earn a college degree from the University of California, Davis (1991) as a double major in Biological Sciences and German. While teaching, I completed an MA in Integrated Math & Science Education from Fresno Pacific University (2009). A specialist with project-based and hands-on science pedagogy, I created a cross-age science program at our San Joaquin Valley K-8 school where my 7th and 8th-grade students served as mentor teachers to younger students. After I completed my Masters, I had the honor of working with California science teachers through the Project-Based Science Institute at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Before coming to UC Merced, I was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow in the School of Education at University of California, Irvine (2013-2017), where I completed my doctorate in Education. My program specialization was Learning, Teaching, Cognition, and Development. 

Research Interests: P-16 STEM education, problem-solving, interactive learning, character development, persistence/grit, underrepresented students

Personal Interests: Hiking, gardening, and cooking


Janelle Barnes

Program Coordinator and Analyst | 209-349-2354

Helen Hays-Thomas

Registration Services Manager


Veronica Kemp

ILTI and Student Services Coordinator, Extension

Amy K. Lozano-Smith

Creative Director, Extension & Summer Session


Extension Assessment

Extension Assessment Cycle

Extension Governance and Organizational Chart

The Curriculum Advisory Board provides oversight of all academic Education Programs (see UC Merced Extension Organizational Chart below).

UC Merced Extension Organizational Chart

UC Merced Student Affairs Organizational Chart 

UC Merced Senior Leadership and Office of the Chancellor Organizational Chart


Nondiscrimination Statement 

The University of California, in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran. The University also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access and treatment in University programs and activities.

Inquiries regarding the University’s student-related nondiscrimination policies may be directed to Student Conduct staff in the Office of Student Life. 


Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action

UC Merced is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action and compliance with all laws and regulations pertaining to both.

Our policy is to provide employment, training, compensation and other conditions or opportunities associated with employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), pregnancy, age (over 40), genetic information (including family medical history), disability status, veteran status or any other basis protected by law.

UC Merced hires, assigns work, promotes, compensates and retains employees only on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and our business needs.