Midwestern University Assistant Professor - AZ - College of Optometry-Primary Care/Ocular Disease in Glendale, Arizona


Midwestern University provides graduate and post graduate education in the health sciences on its campuses in Downers Grove, Illinois and Glendale, Arizona. The University excels by providing an interdisciplinary learning environment for students in a variety of health care disciplines. The Arizona College of Optometry initiated its Doctor of Optometry program in September 2009, and graduated its inaugural class in May 2013. Each year the Arizona College of Optometry admits a class of approximately 50 students. The College is accredited by Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (Accreditation Council on Optometric Education).* Position Title:* Assistant Professor / Full-time non-tenure track Primary Care/ Ocular Disease


Candidates are expected to be highly skilled clinicians who can teach courses and/or laboratories in ocular disease, provide clinical instruction to professional students as well as residents, and be involved in interdisciplinary practice with other educational professionals. Candidates must be willing to actively participate in curricular assessment, professional development, student counseling and service activities within the college, university and the scientific community. Successful candidates are also expected to be involved in research and scholarly activities, and have a sincere commitment to optometric education, community service and patient care. Primary duties include, but are not limited to:

a) Teaching

  • Developing and delivering lectures and/or laboratories for ocular disease and other optometry courses, as assigned;
  • Embracing and enhancing the didactic philosophies in the O.D. program;
  • Maintaining and expanding the high quality clinical practice environment for optometry students on rotation;
  • Precepting students on clinical rotation at the Midwestern University Eye Institute;
  • Demonstrating and developing accepted optometric business management concepts and practices to prepare the students for entry into practice and aid in the expansion of the Eye Institute patient census


  • Working closely together with all optometry faculty
  • Maintaining a strong interdisciplinary focus
  • Participating in leadership roles in state, regional, and national research/optometry organizations
  • Participating on College and University committees, as assigned
  • Participating in College and University service activities

c)Scholarly activity

  • Engaging in scholarly activity, including presentations at scientific meetings, research, and publication in peer-reviewed journals


Candidates must possess a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from an ACOE accredited institution, must have completed an ACOE-accredited residency in Primary Care / Ocular Disease, and must be eligible for an Arizona optometric license. Primary eye care clinic expertise is also required.

Candidates must have a strong commitment to teaching, must demonstrate excellent communication skills, and value the importance of teamwork.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please submit your application packet through Midwestern University’s online job board:

  1. Visitwww.midwestern.edu
  2. In the jump to section, select 'employment at MWU'
  3. Select 'employment opportunities'
  4. Select 'faculty' for job category and click 'search'. The online profile should include a letter of application outlining interest in the position (uploaded as an attachment), curriculum vitae (uploaded as an attachment), and the names and contact information of at least three professional references.

Please send any additional questions to:

Joshua Baker, M.S., O.D.

Dean, Arizona College of Optometry

Midwestern University

19555 North 59th Avenue

Glendale, AZ 85308

By Email:jbaker@midwestern.edu

Midwestern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not discriminate against an employee or applicant based upon race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or veterans status, in accord with 41 C.F.R. 60-1.4(a), 250.5(a), 300.5(a) and 741.5(a). We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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Doctorate or better

Posted: April 18, 2016