Innovation in Education Grants


Background

The American Optometric Foundation (AOF) in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. are pleased to offer the 2014 Innovation in Education Grants program.  This program is designed to aid recently appointed faculty in advancing their teaching skills in the areas of improving delivery of information to students, new methodologies, increasing the use of new technology in all teaching settings, and the promotion of online learning tools. 

Priority will be given to innovative and creative projects. Applications for consideration should be for a broad range of faculty development activities in the setting of optometric education; including classroom, laboratory, clinical, and external activities. Applications must outline the need for the funding, the criteria for success, and a detailed budget.

Requests for equipment or exceptional travel needs will not be considered.

Recipients will be encouraged to submit any results or outcomes from the funded project for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Optometry. Presenter must acknowledge the support of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and the American Optometric Foundation. Presenters will be eligible for an additional $500 to cover travel related expenses.

Award and Eligibility

Any faculty member at a North American optometric institution with less than 10 years experience as a faculty member may submit one application for funding up to maximum of $5,000. NOTE: Grant funding will be issued to the institution/school/college.

Up to $16,000 in grants will be awarded in 2014.

Individuals who have held appointments at more than one institution are eligible and the calculation is based on total years rather than time at current appointment. Any faculty more than 10 years beyond completion of their formal training, who feels they qualify because of extenuating circumstances (military leave, maternity, teaching sabbatical, medical reason), should make a clear case for inclusion to apply in a statement on their cover page.

Adjunct or auxiliary faculty members may apply but the application must be accompanied by a letter from the President/Dean/Director confirming appointment & affiliation.

A one-page report must be submitted to the AOF within one year of the award or the applicant and/or institution become ineligible for funding subsequent years.   

Application Deadline

August 1, 2014.

Submission and Review Procedures

Submission is by e-mail (preferably in PDF format) to: AOF@aaoptom.org and must contain the following components:

  • Cover page; project title, institution and address, name (including degree(s)) and title for Faculty member(s) with contact information. One page.
  • Proposal; introduction, background and significance; specific aims; design and methods. This section should total no more than 3 pages.
  • Budget and budget justification (one page) Faculty time is not allowable, although time for other individuals may be allowable, if justified, e.g., technical assistance, modest incentive payments to survey participants, facilitators, etc.

*NOTE: The AOF is a non-profit organization and our policy is not to cover any indirect costs associated with the Innovation in Education Grant  or any other of our programs. This policy applies uniformly to all award recipients.

  • C.V. (maximum of 2 pages) that must include:
    • Full contact information 
    • Education/training; research and professional experience; honors and awards.
  • Letter of support (one page) by Dean/President/Director of the School/College; that also indicates the proposal has been reviewed and meets with the research standards of the institution.

Applications will receive a confirmation receipt by e-mail from the AOF within 3 business days of submission.  If a confirmation is not received, the applicant is advised to contact the AOF office to ensure the application is on file.

Applications will be reviewed by an ad-hoc committee established by the AOF.

Program Notes

Prior to window open (typically at least 2 months prior to deadline), guidelines for any given program are subject to change by the AOF and/or the award sponsor. The notice of the availability of a program will be sent by email to institution contacts. Applicants are reminded to please review all guideline information before submitting their application to ensure it meets all criteria.

The award recipient and an institution representative will be invited to attend Academy 2014 Denver; where on Saturday, November 15th, at the AOF Celebration Luncheon, the recipient and host institution will receive recognition.

Any publication produced must acknowledge the American Optometric Foundation and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

All award recipients by application and acceptance of an award agree to allow the AOF and/or the sponsor of the program to which they applied to publish their name, image, institution information, and any statement or quote provided by the recipient and/or institution. These may appear in a variety of media formats that will announce and promote the program including, but not limited to, the AOF and/or sponsor annual report, website, Academy/AOF newsletters, social media, and annual meeting promotional materials.

For additional information about this award and the American Optometric Foundation, contact Tracy Kitts, Foundation Coordinator, at AOF@aaoptom.org or 321-710-3936.


 


2013 INNOVATION IN EDUCATION GRANTS AWARDED

The American Optometric Foundation (AOF), in cooperation with VISTAKON®, and The Vision Care Institute, LLC, both a Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., announce the 2013 VISTAKON® Innovation in Education Grants recipients. Designed to aid recently appointed faculty in advancing their teaching skills in the areas of improving delivery of information to students, new methodologies, increasing the use of new technology in all teaching settings, and the promotion of online learning tools; this year’s recipients received up to $5,000 to support their projects.

RECIPIENTS

Kathryn Richdale, OD, PhD, FAAO
SUNY College of Optometry
Optimizing Course Management Sites through the Integration of Dynamic Learning Resources

Lawrence R. Stark, BAppSC(Optom)(Hons), PhD, FAAO
Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University
Course Evaluation: Using Behavioral Objectives and Test Results to Improve Future Teaching and Learning

Daniel Arnett Taylor, OD, MS, FAAO
Southern College of Optometry
Development of Online Curriculum in Genetics

To receive an additional travel grant, each VISTAKON® INNOVATION IN EDUCATION GRANT recipient is encouraged to submit results or outcomes from the funded project for presentation at the next annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry.  

During Academy 2013 Seattle, 2012 award recipient, Len V. Hua, PhD, OD, FAAO, Pacific University College of Optometry, presented part of his project “Integration of Hybrid Learning in Pharmacology” at the Optometric Education Section Symposium: Blended Learning in Clinical Optometric Procedures Education.

VISTAKON®, and The Vision Care Institute, LLC, both Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. has partnered with the American Optometric Foundation for over 20 years, providing support for scholarships, residency awards, fellowships, and research grants. VISTAKON® is the only member of the AOF’s Visionary circle for recognition of gifts over 1 million dollars. 

 



2012 Recipients


The first cohort of Innovation in Education Grant recipients with Vistakon's Giovanna Olivares and Kathrine Orsborn Lorentz

The American Optometric Foundation (AOF) in collaboration with VISTAKON®, a Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. is pleased  to announce the receipients of the first VISTAKON® Innovation in Education Grants. Recipients received up to $10,000 for advancing their teaching skills in the areas of improving how information is delivered to students, new methodologies, increase use of new technology in all teaching settings and promote online learning tools.

Efrain Castellanos, OD, MS
Western University College of Optometry
The Use of Online Resources to Improve Significant Learning

Lisa W. Christian, OD, FAAO and Sarah MacIver, OD, FAAO
University of Waterloo, School of Optometry & Vision Science
Evaluation of Interprofessional Collaboration and Education in Optometry

Len V. Hua, PhD, OD, FAAO
Pacific University College of Optometry
Integration of Hybrid Learning in Pharmacology

Kierstyn Ann Napier-Dovorany, OD, FAAO and Jasmine Yumori, OD, FAAO
Western University College of Optometry
Evaluating the Effectiveness of iPads as Learning Tool in a Small Group Learning Context

Shilpa J. Register, OD, MS, PhD, FAAO
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science
Interprofessional Education and Teamwork across Disciplines

Faheemah Saeed, OD, FAAO
Illinois College of Optometry
Student Engagement in Geometric Optics