Town halls scheduled
During the campus visit, the candidate will meet with various stakeholders and participate in a town hall session where students, faculty, and staff can meet them and ask questions. Members of the IU Bloomington community are invited to join the town halls in person (IU School of Optometry, Lecture Room 105) or virtually at 12:00 pm on September 26, 2023.
Indiana University (IU) seeks an eminent and accomplished leader to serve as the next Dean of the IU School of Optometry (IUSO). IUSO is a national leader in optometric education, clinical training, and vision science research. The mission of IUSO is to protect, advance, and promote the vision, eye care, and health of people worldwide by preparing individuals for careers in optometry, the ophthalmic industry, and vision science, while advancing knowledge through teaching, research, and service.
Formed in the 1950’s, IUSO is currently home to 40 faculty, more than 80 staff, and 320 current students, along with an extensive adjunct faculty network within externships and residency programs. IUSO boasts more than 4,000 living alumni, including many prominent individuals in the profession.
The school operates the Atwater Eye Care Center in Bloomington and the Indianapolis Eye Care Center on IU’s Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus, both servicing their immediate areas and several outreach programs in southern Indiana and Indianapolis. The school’s strong professional, research, and graduate programs take advantage of the opportunities for interdisciplinary studies with other units in the University, including the Schools of Public Health, department of Ophthalmology, basic science departments, and the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering’s intelligent systems engineering. IUSO offers the degrees of Doctor of Optometry, Bachelor of Science in Optometry, and master’s and PhD in Vision Science.
The next Dean will provide strategic leadership for the academic and administrative activities of IUSO, further its legacy of intellectual contributions and ongoing impact, and develop new streams of support for IUSO’s diversity of scholarship, depth of student excellence, and service to communities. The new dean will be a compelling public face of IUSO, have a sophisticated understanding of the scholarly enterprise, demonstrate a record of collaborative leadership, bring vigor and passion for the IUSO’s educational, research, and service mission, have significant depth of managerial experience, and be an effective fundraiser. The Dean will also serve on the Bloomington Provost’s leadership team and play an important role in shaping and executing on institutional priorities.