OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
December 9th 2012 | WORCESTER – Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has announced the hiring of Dr. Shilpa J. Register as Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Dr. Jeanette M. Sewell as Associate Dean for Clinical Programs in the College’s School of Optometry. Both plan to be on-site January 3, 2012 as the College works to initiate its new Optometry program.
Dr. Register will be responsible for faculty, curriculum and outcomes assessment, while Dr. Sewell will oversee the College’s Eye and Vision Center, as well as the integration of clinical education into the Doctor of Optometry (OD) program.
“Our program is extremely fortunate to have Drs. Register and Sewell on board,” said Dr. Lesley Walls, Founding Dean of the MCPHS School of Optometry.“Both are extremely bright, highly qualified and have long demonstrated their commitment to optometric education and to the students and patients we serve.”
Dr. Register received her OD and MS from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and expects to receive her PhD in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology in March 2012. She has been in academia since 2004, as well as having been in private practice. Dr. Register is currently an elected member of the Board of the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education and has served on a number of other professional organizations, including the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Association, the American Board of Optometry and the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.
Dr. Sewell comes to MCPHS from the New England College of Optometry (NECO), where she is currently Instructor of Record for Clinical Programs, Assistant Director of Residencies and Attending Optometrist in the New England Eye Institute. Dr. Sewell received her OD degree from NECO, where she was the valedictorian of her class. Dr. Sewell has extensive experience managing academic and private clinical operations. She served for more than 25 years as the Director of Eye Care Services at the Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury, MA. During her tenure at NECO, she served as Interim Associate Dean of Students, Chair of the Clinical Teaching Quality Assurance Committee and in many teaching roles. Dr. Sewell has served in various capacities in the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, the American Optometric Association and the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists.
This is an official press release courtesy of Michael Ratty, Director of Communications at MCPHS