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Academic Affairs

Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs (VPAA)

The vice president and dean for academic affairs is responsible for planning, implementation and accreditation of all academic functions, faculty activities and faculty development. The VPAA oversees the planning and implementation of the curriculum in the professional degree and graduate programs, assesses educational effectiveness and oversees faculty assessment, including student evaluation. The VPAA also directs current and long-range planning for research and scholarly activity, residency programs and continuing education.

The VPAA is appointed by the president. The VPAA meets regularly with and chairs the Dean’s Council and the Research Council. The VPAA is also a member of the President’s Council and the Clinic Council.

David Troilo, PhD
Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs
Biological and Vision Sciences
Phone: (212) 938-5658
Fax: (212) 938-5699
Email: dtroilo@sunyopt.edu

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

The associate dean for research and graduate studies oversees all graduate-level programs leading to a degree (MS and PhD) conferred through SUNY Optometry. The associate dean also oversees all non-degree professional student research. The associate dean is responsible for all human and animal research conducted at the College and is the institutional official responsible for compliance with all state and federal regulations regarding human research, animal research and scientific misconduct. The associate dean is the administrative official and signator coordinating all external research grants and funding. The associate dean plans, submits and manages the institutional research budget allocation and serves as the director of the Schnurmacher Institute for Vision Research (SIVR), which provides research support from the SIVR endowment. The associate dean reports directly to the vice president and dean for academic affairs in all academic matters, is a member of the Dean’s Council and the Research Council.

Stewart Bloomfield, PhD
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research
Phone: (212) 938-5541
Email: sbloomfield@sunyopt.edu

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Director of Residency Education

The director of residency education is responsible for overseeing the educational integrity of all SUNY-based and affiliated residency programs. The director provides direction and oversight and is involved in residency recruitment, new program establishment and accreditation.  Additionally, the director is responsible for the formal didactic program, which all residency programs participate in. The director of residency education reports directly to the VPAA and is a member of both Clinic Council and Dean’s Council.

Diane Adamczyk, OD
Director of Residency Program
Phone: (212) 938-4117
Email: dadamczyk@sunyopt.edu

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Library Director

The library director reports to the VPAA and is responsible for the development and overall administration of the Harold Kohn Vision Science Library.  In consultation with the Committee on Learning Resources, the Council on Information Technology and the faculty, the director develops, implements and modifies policies concerning acquisitions and circulation.  Also in conjunction with the media resources manager, the library director plans and implements media center policies.

The library director prepares and administers the library’s budget and provides assistance as needed to the media resources manager in the area of budget management. The director oversees the selection, ordering and/or provision of access to all library materials (books, journals, multimedia and electronic information).

The library director supervises and evaluates all library services, operations and staff, as well as the media resources manager, who in turn manages the media center staff. The director plans space and equipment needs, oversees technology resources and collaborates with Information Technology staff to ensure consistent access to electronic resources.

The library director prepares statistical reports for funding sources and library associations, writes and distributes a library annual report and ensures that relevant aspects of the Strategic Plan are implemented into library and media center operations.

The library director serves on the Dean’s Council, Council on Information Technology, and Council on Learning Resources, as well as other appropriate committees through appointment or election.

Elaine Wells, MA, MLS, AHIP
Director of Library Services
Phone: (212) 938-5691
Email: ewells@sunyopt.edu

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Academic Department Chairs

The academic department chairs are responsible for the supervision of that specific portion of the curriculum that relates to a specifically defined division of the body of knowledge encompassed within the scope of the College, each division thus being designated as a department. There are 2 academic departments: Biological and Vision Sciences, and Clinical Education. The chairs are appointed by and report to the VPAA.

The chairs provide leadership in the planning and development of the department and its programs in fulfillment of the College’s Mission, Goals and Objectives.  Chairs plan, propose and manage departmental budget allocations in support of departmental goals. The chairs oversee regular departmental meetings and prioritize departmental needs in coordination with the broader institutional planning process.

The academic department chairs facilitate departmental programs and coordinate programs between departments. Chairs coordinate teaching of subjects within their department, coordinate coverage of each course and monitor and assess course instructors within their department. Chairs assist course instructors to coordinate multiple instructor teams as necessary. Chairs provide input on hiring, appointment and promotion decisions for members of their departments.

Chairs are responsible for the mentoring and development of faculty in their department. This includes advising faculty on research and scholarly activities and assisting them in obtaining required institutional and federal (IRB and IACUC) approvals. Chairs authorize travel and other faculty development projects and plans. The Department Chairs organize and review assessment of faculty activities including student evaluations and provide feedback to the faculty.

The chairs meet with the VPAA at the Dean’s Council, regular departmental chairs meetings, and as necessary, to communicate departmental needs, discuss the assessment and plans for individual faculty and monitor courses and discuss curriculum issues.

Current Chairs

Biological and Vision Sciences 

Suresh Viswanathan, OD, PhD 
Phone: (212) 938-5592
Email:  sviswanathan@sunyopt.edu

Clinical Education

Richard Madonna
, OD
Phone: (212) 938-4060
Fax: (212) 938-5819
Email: rmadonna@sunyopt.edu

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Director of Continuing Professional Education

The director of continuing professional education is responsible for the daily operations and administration of all aspects of the fee-based Office of Continuing Professional Education, including event management. The director creates and develops continuing education programs based on community needs and licensure requirements. The director must be aware of the changing scope of practice laws and provide programs for updating licenses of practicing optometrists. The director is a member of the Dean’s Council.

Richard Madonna, OD
Director of Continuing Professional Education
Phone: (212) 938-4060
Email: rmadonna@sunyopt.edu

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Dean’s Council

The Dean’s Council is an advisory committee made up of the department chairs, directory of library services, director of residency programs, director of continuing professional education, associate dean for graduate programs and research and the associate dean for institutional planning.

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Research Council

The Research Council recommends policy and procedures related to all research activities in order to promote a vigorous research program at the College. The Council recommends initiatives, plans, policies and strategies to the administration, and acts as an internal resource for other researchers. The chair of the Research Council is the VPAA. The associate dean for graduate programs and research and the grants manager serve ex officio. Members of the Research Council are appointed by the vice president/dean. The council is composed of eight faculty members who are active researchers. To the extent possible the eight faculty members will consist of funded faculty holding external research grants. If more than eight faculty qualify by the funding criterion, then faculty will rotate annually on a first-in first-out basis. At least two slots will be filled by clinical researchers.

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