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Jennifer Coyle

Jennifer Coyle, OD, MS, FAAO

OD, Pacific University
Residency in Contact Lenses, Pacific University
MS in Clinical Optometry, Pacific University


Dr. Coyle has established a legacy of devotion to optometric education and to the profession of optometry, and she brings to SCCO the breadth of her significant experience as an educator and a clinician. A graduate of Pacific University, Dr. Coyle completed a residency in contact lenses at that same institution and a Master's of Science in Clinical Optometry. She team-taught the contact lens didactic, laboratory and clinical curriculum for 14 years at Pacific University, and served as Dean of the Pacific University College of Optometry for over 11 years. During that time, Dr. Coyle was also in a private group practice in Beaverton, Oregon specializing in contact lenses.

Dr. Coyle’s career reflects a deep commitment to the advancement of the profession of optometry in a number of diverse ways. She is a contributing editor for Primary Care Optometry News, a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and a Diplomate in the Section on Cornea and Contact Lenses. Dr. Coyle is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, and a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow in the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Coyle was the first woman President of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry for two terms (2013-2015) and for five years was the Chair of the Oregon Optometric Physicians Association Advocacy Committee. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Optometry, chairs the ASCO Fundraising Committee, and is on the Executive Committee of Vision2020 USA. She is also a Past-Chair of the Association of Contact Lens Educators and has been a proud member of the American Optometric Association for over 30 years.

Dr. Coyle has been recognized frequently as an exceptional educator and optometrist. She was named one of Vision Monday’s 50 Most Influential Women in Optical in 2006, and received the 2010 Clarence G. Carkner Oregon Optometrist of the Year award. In 2018 she received a Theia Award of Excellence in Education from Women in Optometry. 

As Dean of Optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry, Dr. Coyle provides strategic leadership for SCCO as Marshall B. Ketchum University continues to develop and grow its academic programs. She is focused on promoting SCCO’s commitment to clinical education, research opportunities for faculty and students, and the excellent interprofessional education that comes from being situated within a leading health care university.