SIFD’s Program Leadership

Co-Chairs

Janice Scharre, OD, MA, FAAO

Dr. Janice Scharre is the Salus University Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs in Elkins Park, Pa. Since 2014, Dr. Scharre has been the chief academic office of the four colleges at the university. In her role she is responsible for all issues of accreditation, assessment, faculty, academic finance and student education and welfare for the university. Dr. Scharre was the initial Co-Chair of the Faculty Development Institute with Dr. David Heath for two years.

In 2012, while serving as a consultant for the University, Dr. Scharre was instrumental in the development of the University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry Scholars program. The first accelerated Doctor of Optometry degree program in the country, the Scholars Program is highly selective, offering enrolled students the opportunity to earn the credit equivalency of students in a traditional four-year program in just three years.

Previously, Dr. Scharre served as dean of optometry, associate dean for clinical education, coordinator for rehabilitative services and chief of pediatric/binocular vision services for the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) /Illinois Eye Institute. She was responsible for all residency education at ICO. She served as a member of the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) and chair, of the ACOE Professional Degree Program Committee for nine years. She has served on numerous specialized and regional accreditation teams and professional committees.

She has provided patient care/clinical education in underserved communities in Chicago. She has presented on accreditation issues in health care education, pediatric eye care, autism and augmentative communication systems at both national and international healthcare conferences.

Dr. Scharre was integral in the creation of several Interprofessional collaborations while at ICO and continues these initiatives at Salus University.

 

 

Tiffenie Harris, OD, FAAO
Associate Professor, Western University College of Optometry

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Dr. Harris is an Associate Professor at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry. She joined the faculty in 2008 and is the course leader for Principles and Practice of Optometry, teaching ocular health assessment skills in the anterior and posterior segment courses. Dr. Harris attended Indiana University where she received her degree in Chemistry in 1989 and graduated from Indiana University School of Optometry in 1993.

After graduation, she moved to Southeastern Michigan and practiced primary care for over 10 years in the Detroit Metropolitan area. Her clinical experience includes working in a variety of urban practice settings including a multi-discipline medical center. The demographics of this community provided a wide diversity of challenging cases and a large amount of pathology to diagnose, treat, and manage.

In 2004, Dr. Harris began her career in academia at her alma matter as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Chief of Primary Care Clinics for 4 years. Dr. Harris has lectured nationally on hypertension and ocular manifestations. She has won numerous teaching awards. She is currently the lead instructor for optometry’s participation in WesternU’s Summer Health Professions Enrichment Program funded by a grant from Roberts Woods Johnson Foundation.

Dr. Harris is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and has served on the admissions committee and currently serves on the Academy’s Quality Assurance Committee. She has served as an examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry as well as a remote examiner for NCCTO. Dr. Harris has also served on the ASCO clinical affairs committee along with the diversity and cultural competency committee. Her service continues as a member of the American Optometric Association as well as the National Optometric Association. In 2008, Dr. Harris was reported to be the first optometrist to join the American Society of Hypertension.