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  • Call for Online Clinical Educators Forum (OCEF) Presenters - Remote/Virtual Teaching Theme

    On behalf of ASCO’s Clinical Affairs Committee, we are pleased to announce a change to the 2021 Online Clinical Educators Forum (OCEF). In past years, OCEF was a single 3-hour program. This year it will be comprised of two 90-minute programs, with one in the spring and the second in the fall. 

    The tentative date for the spring OCEF is Friday, June 4, 2-3:30 p.m. ET, and the subject matter will be remote/virtual teaching. The program will include a panel of 3 speakers who will share the experiences of their institutions, and this will be followed by a Q&A session and discussion with the participants. There will be a review of lessons learned and best practices but the focus of the discussion will be on how didactic changes have affected clinical experiences/progression and which aspects of remote/virtual learning (both academic and clinical) we see being carried forward post-pandemic. 

    If you know of a faculty member who, based on their experience and creativity with remote/virtual teaching over the past year, you would like to recommend as a potential panelist for this program, please contact Ms. Carol Brubaker, Manager of Professional Affairs at ASCO, by Tuesday, March 30 at

     Thank you!

     Michael J. McGovern, OD, FAAO
    Chief Medical Officer
    University Eye Center
    SUNY College of Optometry
    33 West 42nd Street
    New York, NY 10036
    212-938-4036 /


  • January 15, 2021-Deadline to submit nominations for ASCO Achievement Awards

    Friendly reminder: Deadline to submit nominations is January 15, 2021.

    The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry is accepting nominations for the various achievement awards that will be presented at the ASCO Annual Leadership Luncheon in June 2021.  

    How to Nominate a Candidate

    Nominations for any of the awards listed below require a letter of nomination addressing how the candidate meets the specific criteria for the award. Nominations must also include a letter signed by the chief executive officer (dean/president) of the candidate’s school/college of optometry, as well as with a copy of the nominee’s CV. All nominations will be reviewed by ASCO’s Awards and Resolutions Committee.

    Nominations should be submitted by close of business on Friday, January 15, 2021. Please email your nomination letter with supporting materials to Sara Lau at

    Dr. Jack Bennett Innovation in Optometric Education Award

    The Dr. Jack Bennett Innovation in Optometric Education Award was established in March 2000 as the “Innovation in Optometric Education Award" to recognize an ASCO volunteer for outstanding leadership or an outstanding innovation in optometric education that significantly impacts ASCO as an organization. The award was named in Dr. Jack Bennett’s honor in June 2000. Dr. Bennett, a creative leader in optometric education, was dean at three optometric institutions. 

    Rising Star Award

    This award recognizes a full-time faculty member or administrator with no more than seven years of service at a school or college of optometry and less than 10 years in optometry who has made noteworthy contribution(s) to fulfilling the mission, strategic objectives or programs of ASCO through service on committees, groups, task forces or special interest groups or through special project work.

    Nominees will have also demonstrated outstanding contributions to their school or college of optometry in at least one of the following areas:

    • Teaching, which may include classroom, laboratory instruction or course development
    • Scholarship, which may include grant writing, research, publications, presentations or other scholarly and creative activities
    • Administration, which may include general administration, planning, development or evaluation activities
    • Professional service, which may include work on the community, state or national levels that represents or promotes ASCO or optometric education.

    A majority of all nominees’ professional career should be as a faculty member or administrator at a school or college of optometry.

    A contribution of $1,000 will be made to the faculty member’s or administrator’s institution designated for the recipient’s faculty and/or professional development. A commemorative award will also be presented to the “Rising Star” at the ASCO Annual Leadership Luncheon.

    For More Information

    Contact Sara Lau, ASCO’s Business Operations Manager at, for additional information.

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