FFP Key Program Offerings

ASCO Future Faculty Program (FFP)

 PROGRAM OVERVIEW

 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, and 2015 and were very successful.

Program Goals:

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.

Targeted Participants:

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 sometime in 2017. Applicants are required to submit an application, short biography, CV, two letters of reference, 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.

Selection Criteria:

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.

Funding:

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, which is $1,350. 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.

Topics:

  • Finding your path in academia (Panel)
  • Academic Culture
    Clinical track versus tenure track
    Private school versus public school
    Promotion
    Governance
  • Presentations
    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
    Interview
  • 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