Future Faculty Program




Building on the success of the Summer Institute for Faculty Development (SIFD), the Future Faculty Program (FFP) was formed for the purpose of providing residents and graduate students with an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance their success in an optometric academic environment as career-long, productive faculty members. The FFP, first held in 2011, attracts the most promising residents and graduate students from the schools and colleges of optometry who have demonstrated a strong interest in pursuing a career in academic optometry. The program is centered on the unique and important issues that graduate students face as they embark on a career in optometric education and is comprised of formal presentations, workshops, small group discussions, one-on-one mentoring opportunities and shared activities in the areas teaching and learning, scholarship and academic culture. Each attendee develops a long-term career plan with specific goals, objectives and action strategies. Attendees are mentored in this process by the program leadership and other attendees.

The next FFP is scheduled to take place in the summer of 2017 and is held biennially in odd years.

The deadline of April 10, 2015 has passed. Applicants must receive approval from their Dean/President prior to applying. The application can be found at goo.gl/XZTi89. Please contact LaShawn Sidbury, Director of Meetings and Special Interest Groups, (lsidbury@opted.org) for additional details.

ASCO wishes to thank Wal-Mart for being the sole sponsor of the program.

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