Dr. Ketefian has received an international education. She completed her undergraduate nursing education at the American University of Beirut (1963), and came to the United States as an International Fellow of the American Association of University Women to pursue graduate education. She earned master’s (1968) and doctoral (1972) degrees in medical-surgical nursing and nursing education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dr. Ketefian has had a rich and diverse academic, scholarly and administrative career. She began full-time teaching as an assistant professor at New York University (1972), and became full professor there in 1982. Concurrent with her teaching she was Director of Continuing Education (1973-75), and Chairperson of the Department of Advanced Education in Nursing Science (1981-82) at New York University. In 1984 Dr. Ketefian assumed the position of Professor, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Director of the Doctoral Program at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She served as Acting Dean (1991-92), and Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (1993-94). Between 1992 and 2001 she held the position of Professor and Director of Doctoral and Postdoctoral Studies; since 1996 she has been the Director of International Affairs and the director of the WHO Collaborating Center at the same institution (since 1997).
Dr. Ketefian has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing since 1979. She has received various honors and awards; she is listed in Who’s Who in American Nursing, and other Registers.
Dr. Ketefian’s teaching areas are: nursing research, issues related to utilization of scientific knowledge to practice, nursing ethics, ethical practice, scientific integrity, international health, and effects of work environments on nursing practice. She has mentored numerous graduate students, and supervised the dissertation research of many doctoral students.
Dr. Ketefian’s research/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, graduate and doctoral education internationally. She is a recent Editor of Research and Theory for Nursing Practice: An International Journal.
Dr. Ketefian has been active professionally; she is a sought-after speaker nationally and internationally on areas of her scholarship. She organized and chaired the first international conference on doctoral education in 1995. Since then, she has been a co-organizer of the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing, and its meetings in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005. She was founding president [elected] of the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing, and served for six years [2000-2006]. She has served on boards and committees of professional organizations, most recently chaired 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 has provided extensive consultation in doctoral education and is a recognized expert in this area. She serves on the editorial review boards or review panels of over a dozen scholarly journals, nationally and internationally.