Joan Nerderman

Professor - Practice

Contact Information

Postal address: 
338 W 10th Ave Columbus, OH 43210

Biographical narrative

As a first generation college student for my family, I thought I wanted to follow my sister's footsteps to nursing and went to Mt. Carmel College of Nursing graduation in 1977.  I enjoyed med-surg nursing but the hours were difficult so I sought out an advisor at OSU who suggested a doctor- medical, dentistry, optometry.  The it hit me that I had always done science fair projects on the eye and color vision but it was an era of women being a teacher or a nurse and I had not even considered it. After completing all the required undergrad courses I found my true love in optometry.

I first had my own office for 4 years  but found out quickly I did not have a business sense so changed to working for a doctor in a private office (and still work in that same office some Saturdays).  OSU Optometry and Faith Mission sort of fell in my lap and it is my true calling.  I also enjoy working with the students in Primary Vision Care Clinic at the college and home visits but my true love is outreach to the homeless where I am so grateful to OSU for the ongoing opportunity for 16 years now!

My other interest include my 3 children (a lawyer, animal science grad and pre-vet major) and volunteering at Pets Without Parents (a local no kill shelter where I foster kittens until big enough to adopt out) and at the Columbus zoo


  • Mary Margaret Roach award, 20130601
  • People of Vision Award, 20120301
  • Kellogg Magrath Award, 20110901
  • Jefferson Award Finalist, 20040101 - 20050101
  • Jefferson Award,


  • Street Drugs: Not My Patients (n.d.). In Optometric Educators Fall conference.