Website University of Detroit Mercy

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FT Optomerty Faculty (12 month)


Position Summary

The University of Detroit Mercy Eye Institute invites applications for the position of a full-time Clinical Faculty member. The Clinical Faculty member will provide direct patient care and student clinical instruction at the University of Detroit Mercy Eye Institute, while supporting the mission and goals of the School of Optometry and in accordance with university policies and applicable laws. The position will report directly to the Assistant Dean of Clinical Administration.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Adopt and advance the mission and goals of the School of Optometry.
Work collaboratively with clinic management to promote quality assurance, maintain financial stability, and advance process improvement.
Comply with organizational policies and procedures.
Provide professional optometric services that include comprehensive eye exams along with the diagnosis and management of ocular disease.
Provide urgent care services during clinic hours.
Refer patients to appropriate medical specialists as needed to assure appropriate care is provided
Document clinical care in electronic health records.
Participate in training of student interns, including precepting, grading, and delivery of timely feedback
Adhere to the principles of the American Optometric Association Code of Ethics.
Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills.
Provide all necessary documentation to assist with internal clinic credentialing and external insurance credentialing.
Create and maintain supportive and professional relationships with faculty, interns, and staff.
Help develop the Detroit Mercy Eye Institute as an internal rotation site for optometry students and as a practice site for optometric program faculty.
Active participation in state and national optometric organizations.
Active participation in program and University committees to accomplish the goals of the Optometry program.
Participate in White Coat Ceremony, student orientation, commencement events, and other activities as assigned by the Office of the Dean and Assistant Deans.
Solicit feedback from students and colleagues to evaluate effectiveness in teaching.
Other duties as assigned or as needs arise relating to the effective implementation of the program.



Minimum Qualifications

O.D. from accredited school or college of optometry (or appropriate terminal degree).
Michigan license or eligible to obtain Michigan license.
Completion of Residency program or minimum of three years of clinical experience.
Preferred Qualifications  

Prior teaching experience


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Display comprehensive knowledge and skills needed to diagnose, treat, and manage ocular injuries, eye diseases, and the visual system.
Ability to coordinate continuation of patient care with area eye care and healthcare clinics, hospitals, and facilities.
Adhere to federal, state, and local regulations along with university policies.
Adhere to the American Optometric Association Code of Ethics.
Educate and train optometry students to be competent optometric professionals.
Evaluate and grade optometry student’s clinic encounters.
Work collaboratively with departmental faculty to ensure standard curriculum outcomes are met while improving students’  learning experiences.
Participate in college committees, activities, and events.
Ability to create and maintain respectful relationships with faculty, staff, and students both in and outside the clinic/classroom.
Ability to collaborate effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.
Ability to perform other duties as assigned or required.


Physical Requirements

Job may require lifting light weight objects (1 to 10 pounds) with no repetitive bending or stooping. Occasionally lift average weight objects (1 to 10 pounds).


Work Environment

Regular exposure to favorable conditions such as those found in a normal office.


Salary/Pay Information

Commensurate with experience


Anticipated Schedule



University of Detroit Mercy is an independent Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and Society of Jesus. The University seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University’s mission, diversity, and excellence of its academic community.


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The University of Detroit Mercy Eye Institute, in the Jesuit and Mercy tradition, through the integration of scholarly activity, evidence-based teaching, and service, fosters a forward thinking, inclusive learning environment committed to developing competent, socially and ethically sensitive eye and vision care professionals who are committed to patient care and community wellness. The Detroit Mercy Eye Institute exists to provide comprehensive and specialty eye care services to the community and serve as facilities for the training of future Doctors of Optometry.

University of Detroit Mercy is currently seeking Preaccreditation status from the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) for a proposed School of Optometry and is not currently recruiting students. Inquiries regarding accreditation status for the proposed School of Optometry at University of Detroit Mercy may be directed to the Accreditation Director of the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141


Employee Benefits

At the University of Detroit Mercy, we continually strive to provide a high-quality, comprehensive benefits package to our valued employees. We offer our employees the following benefits: 


1. Medical-

Three health plans to choose from with a large national provider network.


2. Dental-

UDM’s School of Dentistry FREE to you and your dependents.

Option to purchase additional dental plan through UNUM.


3. Vision – 

Exams and lenses every 12 months.


4. Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Accounts offered.


5. Employee Assistance Program-

Provided to everyone in your household.


6. Short-Term and Long-Term Disability.


7. Life and AD&D –

1x base salary up to $100,000


8. Option to purchase additional life insurance, accident insurance, and/or critical illness insurance.


9. Tuition Remission Benefit for you, your spouse, and children. 


10. Retirement Plan –

UDM provides matches up to 8%


Michigan’s largest, most comprehensive private University, University of Detroit Mercy is an independent Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and Society of Jesus. Detroit Mercy seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University’s mission, diversity, and excellence of its academic community. University of Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer with a diverse student body and welcomes persons of all backgrounds. 

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