Afaf I. Meleis

Afaf I. Meleis, M.S. ’64, M.A., Ph.D.

Since 2002 Meleis has been at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing as the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, professor of nursing and sociology, and director of that school’s WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. Prior to being recruited to Penn, she was a professor at the UC San Francisco School of Nursing for more than three decades; she was also on the UCLA School of Nursing faculty from 1968 to 1971. Her scholarship is focused on global health, immigrant and women’s health, and on the theoretical development of the nursing discipline. Meleis has authored more than 150 articles and several books. She has won numerous awards for her scholarship and achievements, including the Medal of Excellence from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Meleis is also the only dean at the University of Pennsylvania to have received the Dr. Gloria Twine Chisum Award for Distinguished Faculty, awarded for community leadership and commitment to promoting diversity.