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Dean, Michigan College of Optometry

Ferris State University

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Dean, Michigan College of Optometry

Ferris State University, in Big Rapids, Michigan, invites applications, nominations, and inquiries for the position of Dean of the Michigan College of Optometry (MCO). Ferris State University is a vibrant institution that builds on its founders' historic commitments to education for all, with attention to collaboration, diversity, ethical community, excellence, learning, and opportunity. The MCO seeks an experienced leader to serve as its chief executive and academic officer, responsible for maintaining and advancing the Doctor of Optometry professional degree program. The anticipated start date for this position is July of 2023.

Since its inception in 1975, MCO's program has expanded to include 19 faculty offering didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction to a total of 152 students annually. The program offers a curriculum comprising a mix of classroom, laboratory, on-site and off-site clinical experiences, which prepare students and optometric residents to practice full-scope optometric care. The college is a member of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry and is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

Reporting directly to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Dean of MCO will plan, supervise, and coordinate all activity within the college, including but not limited to the preparation, implementation, and maintenance of grants and other college fundraising efforts; supervision of teaching, service, and research activities of faculty, staff, and students on the Big Rapids campus and all clinical locations; development and administration of academic policies and programs; review, approval, and administration of the college budget; maintenance of accreditation standards and supervision of ongoing reaffirmation of accreditation activities.

Ferris State University is being assisted by Academic Search. To learn more about the University, the Michigan College of Optometry, and the expected responsibilities of the next Dean, visit the position profile.

Prospective candidates may arrange a confidential discussion by contacting Dr. Jerry Israel at [email protected] or Andrea Cowsert at [email protected]. Nominations may also be sent directly to Dr. Jerry Israel and Andrea Cowsert. Applicants must submit materials through the Ferris State University HR website:

Applications must include a cover letter that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the position prospectus; a curriculum vitae; an unofficial transcript showing a conferred professional optometry degree; copy of a current active optometric license; and a list of at least five professional references with contact information, including telephone and email, and a note indicating the candidate's working relationship with each. References will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. This position is open until filled, but only applications received by January 16, 2023, can be assured full consideration.

A background check (including identity and degree verification and criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily after a candidate has been offered the position.

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. 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:

Applicants requiring accommodation or assistance completing an application or participating in the hiring process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (231) 591-2150 or [email protected].

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