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William Sleight, OD

William Sleight, OD

Associate Professor of Biomedical Science and Disease

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, for the Advanced Ocular Disease I and II courses taught to third year optometry students, and for online interactive case studies course for 4th year students.  He also teaches four computer-based training electives on ocular disease. Dr. Sleight brings 36 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 recipient of the Foster Namias Award for excellence in didactic instruction in 2004, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. He was also awarded the Carroll Martus Award for outstanding clinical instruction in 2005. Dr. Sleight is a member of both the American Optometric Association and the Maine Optometric Association and has been so for the past 35 years.