Academic Department Chairs
The academic department chairs are responsible for the supervision of specifically defined divisions of the body of knowledge encompassed within the scope of the College. There are two academic departments: Biological and Vision Sciences and Clinical Education. Chairs are appointed by and report to the VPAA.
The chairs provide leadership in the planning and development of the department and its programs and oversee regular departmental meetings and prioritize departmental needs in coordination with the broader institutional planning process. They facilitate departmental programs and coordinate programs between departments, coordinate teaching of subjects within their department, coordinate coverage of each course and monitor and assess course instructors within their department. Chairs also provide input on hiring, appointment and promotion decisions for members of their departments.
The academic department chairs are responsible for the mentoring and development of faculty in their department, including advising faculty on research and scholarly activities and assisting them in obtaining required institutional and federal (IRB and IACUC) approvals. They authorize travel and other faculty development projects and plans and 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.
Suresh Viswanathan, OD, PhD
Chair, Biological and Vision Sciences
Phone: (212) 938-5592
Richard Madonna, OD
Chair, Clinical Education
Phone: (212) 938-4060
Fax: (212) 938-5819
The professional degree program is overseen by two academic departments: the Department of Biological and Vision Sciences, and the Department of Clinical Education. Clinical faculty in the University Eye Center supervise and oversee basic and advanced clinical training.