Dr. Selwa Makarem EdD, RN (1958) was director of the School of Nursing for ten years, from 1993 until her retirement in 2003. Prior to that, she served on the faculty of Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing (1978-80) and California State University, Fresno School of Nursing (1984-1992) in the USA.
Her association with AUB began with her position as pediatric nurse (1958-59), nursing supervisor (1959-1969), and as nurse educator (1969-1973). In addition to being a director of the School of Nursing, Makarem served as president of the alumni nurses’ chapter (1993-1995), a position she held many years earlier (1968-1972), and a nursing federation council member in the late 1990’s. Makarem, who graduated from AUB with a BSN degree in 1958, pursued her education in the United States where she earned her MSN degree from Boston University in 1961 and Master’s degree in Education in 1975 and EdD degree from Teachers' College, Colombia University in 1978.
Under Makarem’s leadership, the school conducted a feasibility study in 1999 substantiating the need for a Master’s in Nursing Science (MSN) degree. She also played a pivotal role in organizing the first international nursing conference in Lebanon in close collaboration with the University of Michigan School of Nursing and Villanova University College of Nursing. She also supported faculty members in going for their graduate studies.
Dr. Makarem was known to be caring, supportive, generous, and an advocate for nurses.
After her retirement, AUB awarded her the title of professor emeritus in 2005.
The School of Nursing at AUB and the profession of nursing in Lebanon are indebted to Dr. Makarem’s contributions to the nursing profession at AUB and in Lebanon. AUB and Lebanon have lost a leader and a dedicated professional. We extend our warm and deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. May her soul rest in peace.
Dr. Huda Abu-Saad Huijer
Founding Dean elect
Hariri School of Nursing