Dr. Sleight, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Disease, has been a faculty member at the College since 1983. He is the instructor for Ocular Pharmacology taught to second year optometry students and for the Advanced Ocular Disease I and II courses taught to third year optometry students at the College. He also teaches four computer-based training electives on ocular disease. Dr. Sleight brings 25 years of experience as a clinician to the classroom and is currently a private practitioner in Waterboro, Maine.
Dr. Sleight’s is interested in using educational technology to enhance teaching and learning. In 2004, he was awarded a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, which provided funding for the development of the Ocular Disease Diagnostic Tutor, which is currently part of the elective program. Dr. Sleight has developed several blended learning modules which students take concurrently with face to face lectures.
Dr. Sleight earned a doctorate of optometry degree from the College in 1982 and subsequently completed a residency in hospital optometry at the VA Medical Center of Vancouver, Washington. During this residency, he was the first optometry resident in the VA system to participate in the Interdisciplinary Team on Geriatrics. As a member of the college faculty, Dr. Sleight was the 2004, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 recipient of the Foster Namias Award for excellence in didactic instruction, and the 2005 recipient of the Carroll Martus Award for outstanding clinical instruction. Dr. Sleight is a member of both the American Optometric Association and the Maine Optometric Association and has been so for the past 25 years.