Dr. Scharre began her optometric career as a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) in 1976. Shortly after graduation, she joined the faculty at ICO, where she served in a variety of capacities. Among the awards she received at ICO was the Inaugural Dr. Joseph L. Henry Achievement Award in June 2007.
Dr. Scharre with her colleague, David Heath, OD, developed and implemented the ASCO Faculty Development Institute—a program designed to enhance faculty teaching and professional development skills.
PROVOST AT SALUS UNIVERSITY
In 2014, Dr. Scharre joined Salus University as the Provost. At Salus, she had the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary educational setting with Pennsylvania College of Optometry as the founding college of the University. Dr. Scharre was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Salus University. She retired from Salus in 2018.
“I am honored to be the 2020 recipient of ASCO’s Lifetime Achievement Award,” says Dr. Scharre. “I have had the opportunity to work with gifted faculty and dedicated administrators on behalf of students and patients throughout my career. I have been blessed with supportive mentors and colleagues in my work. My accomplishments are a reflection of those who have supported and guided me throughout my career. It is humbling to me to be recognized from my peers in this way.
“The work that ASCO does for the enhancement of optometric education and the profession is outstanding. Over the years I have witnessed this group take on difficult issues and develop and implement strategies for the good of students, the profession, and the public,” she continues. “We currently are in the most significant time of disruption to optometric training that I have ever seen in my lifetime. I am confident that, as a collective body, you will continue to maintain a high quality of optometric education for our students and patients.”
ASCO RISING STAR AWARD
“It is an honor to be recognized by ASCO for this award,” says Dr. Mothersbaugh. “Among this group I have no shortage of mentorship. I am incredibly grateful to be part of an organization so dedicated to high quality education and the future of the profession of Optometry. Thank you!”
ASCO STUDENT AWARD IN CLINICAL ETHICS
ASCO’s virtual Annual Business Meeting will be held on June 24, 2020. It is open to all who wish to attend. Register for the meeting.