ASCO Future Faculty Program (FFP)
In 2011, ASCO launched the first Future Faculty Program (FFP) for the purpose of “providing 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.” In 2014, the program was expanded to include residents. This program 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 FFP is comprised of formal presentations, workshops and shared activities. Each attendee develops a long-term career plan with specific goals, objectives and action strategies that are shared with the mentors. Attendees are encouraged to share their goals with their institution, along with the information gained at this program to extend our reach. Attendees are mentored in this process by the program leadership and other attendees. Subsequent programs were offered in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2020 and were very successful.
Provide 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.
This program is geared toward individuals that have an OD degree or are earning a PhD degree, not for students concurrently obtaining an OD and a Master’s or PhD degree.
Participant Application Process:
The materials for application will be forwarded to the deans and presidents in fall 2021. Applicants will be required to submit an application, short biography, CV, and a personal essay stating why they are interesting in pursuing a career in academic optometry. Applicants will be reviewed and selected by representatives from the Future Faculty Program Committee.
Approximately 21 resident and graduate students and five mentors will be selected for the program. Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time graduate program at an ASCO member institution and have demonstrated a strong interest in pursuing a career in academic optometry.
ASCO and Wal-Mart have generously supported the FFP; thus, the hotel, meals (during the program), evening reception, printed materials, and administrative expenses are funded for the first applicant from each institution. The schools and colleges are asked to fund airfare, ground transportation, and incidentals for the first applicant. For each additional participant, the institution must cover the entire cost of the program for that individual. Affiliate members must cover the entire program cost for all participants. Please note that this information is subject to change.
Three specific areas will be addressed:
1) Teaching and Learning
2) Scholarship, and
3) Academic Culture
Keynote speakers and program facilitators will present topical areas for discussion. The impact of the program upon each participant will be evaluated both at the conclusion of the program and over the ensuing year. Participation on the longer term outcome assessment is an obligation of all attendees.
- Finding your path in academia (Panel)
- Academic Culture
Clinical track versus tenure track
Private school versus public school
How to get in CE circuit
How to entice participants
How to make the presentation clear
- CV versus Resume
What are the similarities
What are the differences
What are they used for
- Participant-Mentor Program Meetings
- Looking for Jobs in Academia; Interview Process
Types of jobs
Where to look for jobs
- Clinical/Didactic Education
Break out into groups that are clinical educators (primary FTE) v. didactic educators
Clinical education group can focus on evaluation and feedback with student learners
Clinical education group can focus on how to be an effective preceptor
Didactic education group can focus on teaching style, assessment, and feedback
Didactic education group can work on teaching the millennial generation (i.e., turning point clickers, etc.)
- Participant-Mentor Program Meetings