Fall 2007 - Dr. Afaf I. Meleis

Dr. Meleis presented an evening lecture, "Safety & Health for Girls and Women: A Mandate for World Peace" on October 10 and the next day conducted two workshops "Theory, Science, and Policy: A Must-Do Journey" for practicing nurses and nurse educators and "Transitions: From Practice to Theory" for our Hartwick nursing students.

Dr. Afaf I. Meleis is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Professor of Nursing and Sociology, and Director of the School's WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. Prior to joining the University of Pennslyvania, Dr. Meleis was on the faculty at the University of California Los Angeles and the University of California, San Francisco for 34 years. She is Counsel General of the International Council on Women's Health Issues (http://www.icowhi.org/), an international nonprofit association dedicated to the goal of promoting health, health care, and well-being of women throughout the world through participation, empowerment, advocacy, education, and research.

Dr. Meleis' teaching focuses on structure and organization of nursing knowledge, transitions and health, and international nursing. She has mentored hundreds of students, clinicians, and researchers from Thailand, Brazil, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Columbia, Korea, and Japan.

Dr. Meleis' research scholarship is focused on global health, immigrant and international health, women's health, and the theoretical development of the nursing discipline. She is the author of more than 150 articles in social sciences, nursing and medical journals; 40 chapters; and numerous monographs, proceedings, and books. She is also the author of an award winning book, "Theoretical Nursing: Development and Progress" (1985, 1991, 1997, 2004, 2006). In addition, she has authored "Women's Work, Health and Quality of Life" and co-authored "Caring for Women Cross Culturally."

Dr. Meleis is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, as well as honorary doctorates and distinguished and honorary professorships around the world. In 1990, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak presented her the Medal of Excellence for professional and scholarly achievements. In 2006, she was awarded the Robert E. Davies Award from the Penn Professional Women's Network for her advocacy of women.

Dr. Meleis graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alexandria (1961), earned an MS in nursing (1964), an MA in sociology (1966) and a PhD in medical and social psychology (1968) from the University of California, Los Angeles