Summer Institute for Faculty Development


Building on the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry’s major initiative to address its strategic objective of “Faculty Promotion and Development,” the Summer Institute for Faculty Development (SIFD) was established in 2006 for the purpose of “providing participants with an opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance their success in an optometric academic environment as lifelong productive faculty, thus contributing to increased retention of faculty in the schools and colleges of optometry.”

This program attracts the most promising faculty from the schools and colleges of optometry who have been full time faculty members greater than 2 years but less than 10 years. The SIFD promotes active learning in a nurturing environment and is comprised of formal presentations, workshops and shared activities in the areas of teaching and learning, scholarship and academic culture. Each attendee develops a long-term career plan with specific goals, objectives and action strategies. Attendees are mentored in this process by the program leadership and other attendees.

What Faculty Had To Say About Prior Meeting:

“It significantly helped me with giving me the tools to get promoted. It also gave me guidance that has helped me become a better educator and researcher.”

“It gave me the tools navigate the world of academia which I had no experience with.”

“Extremely useful. Much better understanding of the profession and academia optometry after the SIFD.”

“I have a fantastic mentor with whom I still keep in touch.”


“It put me in contact with nationally recognized mentors who were able to impart their experiences in academia.”

“It great me better direction. It helped me learn what is and isn’t important in an academic career. It had a significant impact on my career thus far.”

The next SIFD is scheduled to take place on July 11-14, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas.

ASCO will begin accepting applications in fall 2020. Applicants must receive approval from their Dean/President prior to applying.

Please contact LaShawn Sidbury for additional details.

Key Program Offerings

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