Nursing welcomes interim leader

Photo of Shake KetefianThe Bronson School of Nursing in the College of Health and Human Services welcomes Shaké Ketefian, Ed.D., as interim director and professor of nursing. Dr. Ketefian completed her undergraduate nursing education at the American University of Beirut and then came to the United States as an International Fellow of the American Association of University Women to pursue graduate education. She earned master’s and doctoral degrees in medical-surgical nursing and nursing education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Dr. Ketefian began full-time teaching as an assistant professor at New York University in 1972 and became full professor in 1982. Concurrent with her teaching there, she also served as director of continuing education and chaired the Department of Advanced Education in Nursing Science.

Dr. Ketefian is a University of Michigan School of Nursing professor emerita. She assumed the position of professor, associate dean for graduate studies and director of the doctoral program there in 1984 and also served as acting dean and interim associate dean for academic affairs and professor and director of doctoral and postdoctoral studies there. Prior to her retirement in 2010, Dr. Ketefian served for over 10 years as director of both International Affairs and the World Health Organization Collaborating Center.

Dr. Ketefian has been a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing since 1979. She is listed in Who’s Who in American Nursing and other registers. Her many honors and awards include the Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Distinguished Service Award and the New York University College of Nursing Rose and George Doval Education Award for excellence in nursing education and instilling passion in students.  

Dr. Ketefian’s teaching areas are: nursing research, issues related to utilization of scientific knowledge to practice, nursing ethics, measurement of ethical practice, scientific integrity, international health, and effects of work environments on nursing practice. Her research and scholarly expertise and publications have focused on research utilization, ethical issues in health care, measurement of ethical practice, research ethics, global issues in health and knowledge development, and graduate and doctoral education internationally. She is a recent editor of "Research and Theory for Nursing Practice: An International Journal."

Dr. Ketefian presents nationally and internationally on areas of her scholarship. She organized and chaired the first international conference on doctoral education in 1995 and since then has been a co-founder and co-organizer of the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing, and a number of its biennial meetings. She was elected as the founding president of the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing, and served for six years. Her extensive service includes chairing the Scientific Integrity Committee of the Midwest Nursing Research Society. This work resulted in the publication of the document titled "Guidelines for Scientific Integrity" (2002), a groundbreaking publication, and the first of its kind in nursing. She is a recognized expert in doctoral education and serves on the editorial review boards and panels of several national and international scholarly journals.