Corporate Support Opportunities

For more information, please contact Christine Armstrong, Director of Development, at 301-231-5944 extension 3079 or carmstrong@opted.org.


Journal (Optometric Education)

Newsletter (Eye on Education)


Board Meetings

Sponsors have the opportunity address ASCO’s Board of Directors directly and interact in a social setting.   

Special Interest Groups (SIG)

Binocular Vision and Perception Educators

Clinic Directors

Clinical Optometric Methods & Procedures Instructors

Continuing Education Directors

Development Directors

Educational Technology

Ethics Educators

Externship Directors

International Optometric Educators

Low Vision Educators

Neuro-rehab Educators

Ophthalmic Optics Educators

Public Health Educators

Residency Educators

Vision Science Librarians


Summer Institute for Faculty Development (SIFD) (July 2015)

This three-day workshop provides participants with an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills necessary to enhance their success in an optometric academic environment as career-long, productive faculty members. Participants are assigned to mentors throughout the workshop. Estimated 60 attendees. More information about the SIFD.

Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice (IPECP) Summit (February 2016)

The new health-care model is one of collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams of professionals working together to improve population health, provide a better care experience to patients and reduce health-care costs. Graduates of the schools and colleges of optometry must be prepared to work with members of other health-care professions under this new model. ASCO believes that effective preparation to be a Doctor of Optometry includes educating students in collaborative care, and that this is best accomplished through development of interprofessional education initiatives in collaboration with other health professions.

The IPE Summit will bring together one representative from each member optometry school, who will in turn bring a colleague from outside of optometry but affiliated with the participants’s home university or institution. Experts in the field of IPE and/or representatives from programs with successful IPE components will be on the program. Different perspectives on IPE will be presented as well as examples of IPE in different contexts, styles and phases of development. Participants will share best IPE practices at their institutions as well as what has not worked, and will leave the summit with a greater understanding of how to implement or advance IPE at their institutions.


Applicant Development

Over the past year, ASCO has developed a well-defined national campaign intended to increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of applicants to the Schools and Colleges of optometry. The campaign is in collaboration with the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) efforts to enhance the image of the profession to prospective applicants for the Doctor of optometry programs. As part of the national campaign, ASCO conducted extensive market research to develop a new website, booklet and a recruitment video. These materials provide inspiration through the use of warm human interest stories that are emotionally engaging, show the range of conditions and the impact optometrists make in their patient’s health and quality of life. Funding opportunities for sponsorship of the booklet, website and video are available.

Brochures: $8,000 – $10,000 – printing of the True Stories Booklet

Virtual Career Fairs: $6,500 – a unique virtual event where prospective applicants can conveniently an efficiently meet admissions representatives and interact with ASCO-accredited optometry schools and colleges in a live online event.  In fall 2013, ASCO had over 900 applicants and in the spring 2014, ASCO had close to 750.


ASCO’s volunteers are educators and practitioners who give of their time in partnership with the Association, supporting and furthering our efforts to advance optometric education. A key strategic asset for ASCO, these individuals provide integral guidance and leadership by contributing to the development of Association policies, programs, and services we establish or offer our membership.  Our volunteers’ experience and knowledge helps to keep ASCO’s work current and relevant, and their efforts on the Association’s behalf allows far broader and deeper support and guidance to the member schools and colleges  and staff than would otherwise be possible. ASCO is therefore deeply grateful for our volunteers’ work in support of specific ASCO initiatives, and in support of the profession over a lifetime of service. With the bestowing of special awards, ASCO is honored to recognize the contributions of those working above and beyond the call in support of optometric education. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the following awards:

Student Award in Clinical Ethics

This annual national award is available to optometry students during any point of their professional program at an ASCO-affiliated school or college of optometry in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. The application consists of an essay of up to 1,500 words describing any one of the following scenarios:

  • A patient based case-study that the student encountered as part of their clinical learning experience.
  • A research based case scenario that the student has encountered during their clinical or didactic learning experience.
  • A professional ethics based scenario that the student has encountered during their clinical or didactic learning.

The essay must describe and discuss the ethical theories and values that were used in the decision-making process and address relevant state laws relating to the case (if applicable). The essay must be submitted in a publishable quality format. Each school or college of optometry is permitted to submit only one essay through the assigned award coordinator for their school. A committee of the ASCO Ethics Educators SIG (Special Interest Group) will make the selection of one national recipient. The award will consist of a plaque and a cash award of $1,000.

Rising Star Award

This award recognizes a faculty member or administrator with less than 10 years of service who has made noteworthy contributions to fulfilling the mission, strategic objectives or programs of ASCO. Awardees will demonstrate outstanding contributions in one of the following areas: Teaching which may include classroom, laboratory instruction, or course development; Scholarship which may include grant writing, research, publications, presentations, or other scholarly and creative activities; Administration which may include general administration, planning, development, or evaluation activities; and Professional Service which may include service to ASCO through committee, group, SIG or related activities; work in the community, state, or national levels that represents or promotes ASCO or optometric education.

Dr. Jack Bennett Award

ASCO’s Dr. Jack Bennett Innovation in Optometric Education Award was established in March 2000 to recognize an ASCO volunteer for an outstanding innovation to optometric education. The award was named in June 2000 in honor of Dr. Bennett, a creative leader in optometric education, who served as dean at three optometric institutions.

Dr. Lester Janoff Award

The “Dr. Lester Janoff Award for Writing Excellence” recognizes the outstanding writing of a research article published in the ASCO Journal Optometric Education. The award is named in honor of Dr. Lester E. Janoff, editor of the journal from 2002-2005, and long-time member of the editorial review board who was known as an exceptional optometric educator, administrator, contact lens clinician and researcher. Dr. Janoff was also a beloved mentor of young writers.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The ASCO Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an outstanding individual who over an extended period of time provided exceptional leadership to ASCO and to optometric education; made outstanding contributions to the optometric community, and displayed exemplary commitment and dedication to the association.