UIW optometrist named top educator

A University of the Incarnate Word administrator-professor received “Educator of the Year” honors at the 115th annual meeting of the Texas Optometric Association.

The honoree, Dr. Jeff C. Rabin, is a tenured professor of optometry, director of research programs, director of assessment and chief of the Visual Neurophysiology Service at the UIW’s Rosenberg School of Optometry.  He has been with Rosenberg since its inception in 2008.

Since 2009, Rabin has taught multiple courses in the Professional Optometry Program as well as in the undergraduate vision science program. He developed and manages the school’s Assessment Program, which conducts numerous online assessments of faculty, teaching and administration. Rabin made substantive contributions to the school’s accreditation, participating in every accreditation visit beginning in 2009 and culminating with full accreditation in 2013.

As director of research programs, Rabin developed and implemented the inaugural Summer Fellowship Training Program in 2011 allowing interns to participate in summer research under faculty supervision. He also developed a new clinical service — the UIWRSO Visual Neurophysiology Service in which he conducts and supervises fourth-year interns on visual electrophysiological and related testing of challenging referral patients.

Rabin is active on multiple UIW and RSO Committees, including the UIW Institutional Review Board and Rank and Tenure Committee. He has published more than 70 papers and case reports spanning his military and academic careers and continues to develop new vision tests including the U.S. Air Force’s Cone Contrast Color Test, recipient of the 2012 Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer.

A Fellow and Diplomate in Vision Science/Electrodiagnosis in the American Academy of Optometry, Rabin serves as co-book review editor for Optometry and Vision Science, has served as primary consultant for visual perception for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, holds active licensure in several states and is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American and Texas Optometric Associations, and Aerospace Medical Association.

Rabin received his bachelor’s degree in physiological psychology from the University of California-Santa Barbara, and master’s, Ph.D. and Doctor of Optometry degrees from the University of California-Berkeley. Rabin is a co-author on an upcoming optometry review text for licensing exams and is planning a book, “Vision Science and Visual Optics for Eye Care Professionals.”


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