Dean of the School of Optometry Search

School of Optometry Dean Search

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.

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When: Sept. 26, 2023 012:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Position description

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.


All applicants should apply through IU Jobs via the posting here. Inquiries and nominations may be directed to Search Committee Chair, Kathy Hiller, at

Search Committee

Kathy Hiller, associate dean of the IU School of Medicine Bloomington, will chair the committee. The search committee includes representatives of faculty, staff, and students at IU Bloomington. In addition to Hiller as chair, members are:

  • Steve Burns, Professor, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, IU School of Optometry
  • Jeremy Caylor, Doctor of Optometry candidate, IU School of Optometry
  • Jane Ann Grogg, Doctor of Optometry, Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Clinical Professor, IU School of Optometry
  • Patricia A. Henderson, Doctor of Optometry, Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Clinical Professor, IU School of Optometry
  • Kyle W. King, Doctor of Optometry, Partner, Evansville Eyecare Associates
  • Irene Newton, Professor of Biology, IU College of Arts and Sciences
  • Neil A. Pence, Associate Dean, Clinical & Patient Care Services, IU School of Optometry
  • Amanda Peterson, Associate Director of Financial Aid and Records, IU School of Optometry
  • Richard Trevino, Doctor of Optometry, Clinical Professor, IU School of Optometry

Carrie Docherty, Interim Vice Provost for Strategy and Innovation will serve as an ex officio, non-voting member of the committee. Further search support will be provided by Abby Van Alstine Brown of the Office of the Provost.