Future Faculty Program

About the 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 of teaching and learning, scholarship and academic culture. Each participant develops a long-term career plan with specific goals, objectives and action strategies. Participants are mentored in this process by the program leadership and other participants.

Stay tuned for when the next FFP will take place.

Applications are not being accepted at this time. Applicants must receive approval from their Dean/President prior to applying. 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.

Key Program Offerings

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, 2015, 2017, and 2020 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 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.

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. 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

What Faculty Say

The Future Faculty Program offers a unique opportunity for those seriously considering academia to learn more about the details of evaluation and promotion, so that they can optimize their potential for success by building a complete curriculum vita beginning day one of their career. It also provides young academics with a formal and potentially informal mentor to help guide the student’s career choices. This program has the potential to very positively change one’s career.  

— Jeffrey J. Walline, OD PhD FAAO, The Ohio State University

Meet FFP’s Program Leadership

Co-Chairs

Mika Moy, UCBSO

Dr. Mika Moy graduated from UC Berkeley School of Optometry and completed a residency in Pediatrics and Specialty Contact Lenses there. She is currently a Health Sciences Clinical Professor at Berkeley Optometry where she teaches the Anterior Segment Disease course. She is a clinical instructor for 3rd and 4th year interns as well as a mentor for the Primary Care and Pediatric residents. She is in charge of the Tang Eye Center in the University Health Services which has a high volume of anterior segment disease patients. Her clinical interests include anterior segment disease, pediatrics, and neuro-optometry. She serves as a Remote Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and as a Senior Consultant for the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. She is a peer reviewer for Optometry and Vision Science and is on the California Optometric Association Education and Clinical Practice Committee.  She has been presented the Michael G. Harris Teaching Award as well as the Bernard Dolan Residency Mentor Award. She was recently granted Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry Anterior Segment Section.


Jeffrey Walline, OSU

Dr. Jeffrey J. Walline is the Associate Dean for Research at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry, and he received his Master’s and PhD degrees from The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

Dr. Walline has led several pediatric contact lens studies, and he is the Principal Investigator of the Bifocal Lenses In Nearsighted Kids (BLINK) Study and the BLINK2 Study, both National Eye Institute-sponsored studies to investigate the myopia control effects of soft multifocal contact lenses.