Dr. Edward S. Bennett, Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Services and Alumni Relations at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry (UMSL), is one of two 2015 winners of the Michael G. Harris Family Award for Excellence in Optometric Education. The award, bestowed by the American Optometric Foundation, recognizes optometric educators who have 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.
A UMSL blog post describes Dr. Bennett’s innovative teaching style. Dr. Steven Schwartz, State University of New York College of Optometry, is the other 2015 winner of the award.