Afaf I. Meleis, has been named dean of the School of Nursing.
She will assume her new position in January, President Judith
Rodin and Provost Robert Barchi announced last week.
Meleis' appointment marks the successful conclusion of an extensive
search to find the most qualified candidate for this role. She
has an international reputation as a nurse and medical sociologist,
and she is ideally suited to attract even more prominence to our
School of Nursing, which is already a recognized leader in its
field," Dr. Rodin said.
Meleis' career has combined academic and administrative positions.
She will join Penn following a 21-year tenure at the University
of California, San Francisco, where she was both a professor in
the Department of Community Health Systems in the School of Nursing,
and an associate in nursing for the Nursing Service. This past
spring Dr. Meleis received UCSF's Chancellor Award for the Advancement
of Women in recognition of her role as a worldwide activist on
behalf of women's issues. She has served on all major academic
senate committees at USCF and is credited with having made a substantial
impact on the University's recruitment efforts to enhance diversity
as well as to attract a more accomplished student body.
prominent medical sociologist, Dr. Meleis is a sought after researcher
and speaker on the topics of women's health and development, immigrant
health care, international health care and knowledge development.
She is on the editorial boards of a number of publications, including
Advances in Nursing Science and Scholarly Inquiry
International. She has written more than 150 articles and
has authored numerous monographs and books.
of her global reputation in the critical area of women's health
issues, Dr. Meleis is often invited to plan conferences, conduct
symposia and to present keynote addresses on this topic. Currently,
she is the vice president of the International Council on Women's
native of Egypt, Dr. Meleis completed her nursing degree at the
University of Alexandria before coming to the United States to
pursue graduate education as a Rockefeller Fellow. She holds an
M.S. in nursing, an M.A. in sociology and a Ph.D. in medical and
social psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
this time we would also like to thank Neville Strumpf for her
outstanding contributions and leadership as interim dean during
this period of transition. Neville maintained this position while
at the same time continuing her important work in the area of
elder care, for which she has received national acclaim," said
Dr. Rodin. "We are truly grateful to her for her commitment to
Penn and to the School of Nursing," added Dr. Barchi.