Assistant Professor - Michigan College of Optometry

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Work type: Faculty - Temporary & Continuing
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Faculty

Position Title: Assistant Professor - Michigan College of Optometry  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

36100 - Optometry Instructional

Advertised Salary: $90,000-$100,000 plus a comprehensive benefit package  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: Ferris Faculty Association (MEA-NEA)  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: Just Cause  
Summary of Position: Full-time 12-month tenure-track faculty position. Responsible for teaching in laboratory, classroom, and clinic. The candidate will be expected to develop in the areas of patient care, teaching/advising, scholarly/professional activities, and service.

The anticipated start date of this position is May/June of 2023 at the earliest and August of 2023 at the latest (preferably May/June of 2023).
Position Type: Faculty - Temporary & Continuing  
Required Education: At the time of appointment, the applicant must hold the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree and must either have completed an accredited optometric residency or have an equivalent degree or experience in patient care.  
Required Work Experience: At least one year of residency experience, or 5 years of consistent clinical experience post-graduation if no residency was completed, or commensurate work/professional experience.  
Required Licenses and Certifications: At the time of appointment, the applicant must have or be eligible to obtain a Michigan optometry license with DPA and TPA certifications, and be eligible for appointment to the clinical staff of the college.  
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Bending
  • Carrying
  • Moving
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Twisting
  • Balancing
  • Lifting
  • Pulling/Pushing
  • Repetitive Movement
  • Standing
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: The applicant should demonstrate experience and a strong level of interest in clinical and didactic instruction in primary care optometry. Experience or a strong level of interest in other optometric practice areas, such as ocular disease (including anterior/posterior segment) or contact lenses is preferred. Experience working within a team-teaching environment and demonstrated ability to initiate and complete scholarly/professional activities.  
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Teaching in the classroom to present elements of the optometric curriculum including primary care optometry, contact lenses, anterior segment disease, posterior segment disease, neuro optometry, pediatrics, practice management, and public health, depending on need, interest, and expertise.

Laboratory appointments where didactic information is translated into hands-on labs where students learn to be optometric clinicians.

Seeing patients in an oversight capacity with students in the various clinics of the University Eye Center (UEC).

Engagement in optometric research that expands the standards of optometric care, creates knowledge in the optometric profession, and involves students, enabling them to learn about research and include it in the expertise they obtain from the OD program.

Demonstration of an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Faculty members also have professional responsibilities which may include advising students, orientation and registration of students, participation in University committees, keeping regular posted office hours (which are scheduled at times convenient for students), and participation in traditional functions which have academic significance (ex. reporting initial student participation data and submitting final grades on time). Faculty members may be required to teach off-campus or asynchronously, and/or take after-hours clinical calls.

Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities:    
Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity, and inclusion.  
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial Transcript 1
  • License
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of OD degree.

Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.

License (REQUIRED): Attach a copy of current OD License.

Finalist will be required to provide Michigan optometry license with DPA and TPA certifications within a timeframe determined by the University.
Initial Application Review Date:
March 31st, 2023  
Open Until Position is Filled?: True  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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