Building on the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry’s major initiative to address its strategic objective of “Faculty Promotion and Development,” the Summer Institute for Faculty Development (SIFD) was established in 2006 for the purpose of “providing participants with an opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance their success in an optometric academic environment as lifelong productive faculty, thus contributing to increased retention of faculty in the schools and colleges of optometry.”
This program attracts the most promising faculty from the schools and colleges of optometry who have been full time faculty members greater than 2 years but less than 10 years. The SIFD promotes active learning in a nurturing environment and is comprised of formal presentations, workshops and shared activities in the areas of 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 SIFD is scheduled to take place on July 12-15, 2015 and is held biennially in odd years.
ASCO is currently accepting applications. Applicants must receive approval from their dean/president prior to applying. The application can be found at http://goo.gl/D6RyU1 and must be completed by February 27, 2015.
Please contact LaShawn Sidbury for additional details.