Vondolee Delgado-Nixon

Clinical Professor – Practice

Contact Information

Postal address: 
338 W 10th Ave Columbus, OH 43210-1240

Biographical narrative

Vondolee Delgado-Nixon, PhD, FAAO spent most of her childhood in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She graduated from Cornell College with a BA in Biology, and earned her PhD in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at The Ohio state University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. Following her graduate work, she completed her postdoctoral training in the Biophysics program at The Ohio State University as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow studying oxygen-sensing molecules, which included the identification of a novel protein, DOS (Direct Oxygen Sensor) in E. coli


Dr. Delgado-Nixon joined the faculty at The Ohio State University in 2001. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Optometry and the Chief Diversity Officer for the college. She enjoys teaching pathophysiology, biochemistry, and microbiology. Her teaching has been recognized by the University by being awarded the Provost's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2015, being inducted into The Ohio State University's Academy of Teaching, and by earning an Ohio State University's Teaching Endorsement in 2019. Dr. Delgado-Nixon is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO), and is a popular continuing education speaker at local and national meetings.


Dr. Delgado-Nixon's work in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion has been recognized nationally and within the OSU community. As Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Delgado-Nixon applied for and the college was awarded the 2020 and 2021 Health Professions HEED Award (Higher Education Excellence in Diversity). This is a nationally recognized award by Insight Into Diversity Magazine. In 2007, Dr. Delgado-Nixon helped create the Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC) summer program for underrepresented students interested in Optometry as a career. Over 95 alumni from the I-DOC program have matriculated into 16 different schools and colleges of optometry nationwide. In 2014, the Diversity, Enhancement Committee of the OSU College of Optometry was awarded OSU's Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award for its work to improved diversity in the college. In 2021, the I-DOC program received the Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from Insight Into Diversity Magazine. Dr. Delgado-Nixon also serves on numerous college, university, and national committees to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in optometry.


Dr. Delgado-Nixon takes great pride in teaching, and in her DEI efforts. She loves being a part of OSU's optometry "family". She lives in Ohio with her husband, two children, and two dogs.

Honors

  • 2021 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award to the College of Optometry, 20211101 - 20221031
  • 2021 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award, 20210730
  • 2021 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award for the OSU College of Optometry's I-DOC (Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers) Program, 20210715 - 20210715
  • 2020 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award to the College of Optometry, 20201101 - 20211031
  • Teaching Endorsement, 20190801 - 20190801
  • George Award for Outstanding Service, Leadership and Commitment to Children Achieving their Full Potential, 20180512 - 20180512
  • The Ohio State University Academy of Teaching, 20150501 - 20150501
  • Provost's Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer, 20150501 - 20150501
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, 20101101

Presentations

  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Microaggressions and Allyship Workshop. In Optometry Class of 2024.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Implicit Bias and Mitigation Workshop. In Optometry Class of 2025.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Social Identity Workshop for Faculty Advisory Committee. In Faculty Advisory Committee.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Social Identity Workshop. In Optometry Class of 2024.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M., & Matthew, T. (n.d.). Implicit Bias Mitigation Workshop for Faculty and Staff. In Diversity Council of the Wexner Medical Center and Health Sciences.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Social Identity Workshop. In Optometry Class of 2025.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Social Identity and Cultural Humility Workshop. In OSU College of Optometry Clinic Seminar for Clinical Faculty.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Social Identity and Cultural Humility Workshop. In OSU Optometry Clinic Seminar for Clinical Staff.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M., Pfeifle, A., Valentino, A., Curren, C., Miracle, T., Gregory, M., . . . Panzer, J. (n.d.). Anti-Racism in Action: a Longitudinal Interprofessional Activity. In Nexus Summit 2021.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M., & Matthew, T. (n.d.). Implicit Bias Mitigation Workshop for Faculty and Staff. In Diversity Council of the Wexner Medical Center and Health Sciences.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Racism and Social Determinants of Health. In Optometry Class of 2021, and 2022.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Racism and Social Determinants of Health. In Optometry Class of 2023.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Implicit Bias and Mitigation Workshop. In Optometry Class of 2024.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Implicit Bias and Mitigation Workshop. In Optometry Class of 2023.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Dementia and Vision. In American Academy of Optometry.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Health Disparities in Optometry. In The Iowa Optometric Association.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Implicit Bias with Mitigation Strategies Workshop. In Optometry Class of 2021.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Seeing a Way Through Dementia. In The Iowa Optometric Association.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Implicit Bias and Mitigation Workshop. In Optometry Class of 2022.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Optometry Lightening Talk. In Healthcare Workforce Diversity Symposium.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M., & Goedde, D. (n.d.). Alphabet Soup of Ischemic Ocular Disease. In Optometric Educators, Inc..
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Parkinson's Disease and Vision. In American Academy of Optometry.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Eyeing Genetic Disease. In Optometric Educators, Inc.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Unfolding the Mysteries of Alzheimer's Disease. In American Academy of Optometry.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Unfolding the Mysteries of Alzheimer's Disease. In EastWest Optometric Conference.
  • Delgado-Nixon, V. M. (n.d.). Parkinson's Disease: Tuning the Brain. In EastWest Optometric Conference.