The Michael G. Harris Family Award for Excellence in Optometric Education

This award is presented by the American Optometric Foundation (AOF) to an optometric educator who has demonstrated ongoing and consistent excellence in the education of optometry students and/or the advancement of optometric education. Each candidate is judged by his or her contribution and excellence in optometric education by virtue of performance in any or all of the following areas: teaching (classroom, laboratory, clinic, distance learning), scholarship that enhances optometric education, organizational work that enhances optometric education.

Each Dean or President of each School or College of Optometry may nominate one individual. This nomination should include a letter of recommendation from the Dean or President stating why this person is worthy of the award. This individual’s current curriculum vitae should also be included.


2013 Awardee Barbara M. Junghans with Michael Harris at Academy 2013 Seattle.

Past Recipients

2014: Edward J. Revelli
2013: Barbara M. Junghans
2012: Dennis L. Smith
2011: Michael Earley
2010: Richard E. Meetz
2009: Gunilla Haegerström-Portnoy
2008: Charles Wormington
2007: Karen Walker-Brandreth
2006: Lyndon W. J. Jones
2005: Mark Rosenfield
2004: Lawrence Gray (posthumous)
2003: Kent M. Daum
2002: Douglas K. Penisten
2001: Victor Malinovsky

Nomination Process

  1. A letter of nomination from an Academy Fellow, explaining why the nominee is particularly deserving of the award for which the nomination has been made.

  2. A copy of the CV of the nominee.

  3. A letter seconding the nomination from another Academy Fellow. These three items should be emailed to helenv@aaoptom.org.

  4. Awards Nomination Deadline is April 1, 2014.