Midwestern University Assistant Professor - Vision Science - CCO in Downers Grove, Illinois

Midwestern University provides undergraduate, 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, including osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, podiatry, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies and many others.

Position Title: Full-time tenure track position


Candidates are expected to be highly knowledgeable in the field of Vision Science 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 vision science as well as other related 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-Downers Grove, IL

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 activities.

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 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 and must be eligible for an Illinois optometric license. Primary eye care clinical expertise is also required. A strong preference will be given to candidates with a PhD in Vision Science or related field. Additionally, Preferences will be given to candidates with established research and publication activities, although candidates with promising research programs are also encouraged to apply. The University provides start-up funds for new faculty researchers.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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.