Midwestern University Assistant Professor- Cornea and Contact Lenses- CCO in Downers Grove, Illinois


Candidates are expected to be highly knowledgeable in the field of Cornea and Contact Lenses who can develop and teach courses and/or laboratories in the subject area. The candidate must also be able to provide direct patient care and 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 cornea and contact lenses and related areas, 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-Downers

    b) Service

  • Helping to maintain and grow the state of the art optometry program with a strong interdisciplinary focus that meets the needs of patients in the surrounding community; is efficient, patient friendly, and cost­ effective;

  • Working closely together with all optometry and ophthalmology faculty to provide a complete range of eye and vision care services;

  • Participating in leadership roles in state, regional, and national optometry organizations;

  • Participating on College and University committees, as assigned;

  • Participating in College and University service

    c) Scholarly activity

  • Engaging in research and scholarly activity, including presentations at scientific meetings, research, and publication in peer-reviewed journals sufficient to qualify for academic advancement in a non-tenure track position.


Candidates must possess a Doctor of Optometry degree from an ACOE-accredited institution, must have completed an advanced degree and/or ACOE-accredited residency in Cornea and Contact Lens, and must be eligible for an Illinois optometric license. Primary eye care clinical expertise is also required.

Contact information: Interested applicants should apply online at www.midwestern.edu and include curriculum vitae and letter of interest. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Melissa Suckow, Dean; Midwestern University, Chicago College of Optometry, 555 31st Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515; e-mail: msucko@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).