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Athabasca University

Joy Fraser




Dr. Joy Fraser, R.N. is a Professor and Director of the Health Administration Program, Centre for Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Joy received her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Educational Administration, Policy Studies, and her Master and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (With Distinction) all from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada.

Joy has extensive experience in health services administration, nursing, and health professional education, and health promotion.  Dr. Fraser is a local and international consultant on education, evaluation, accreditation, social justice, human rights and cultural competency. She has been a consultant on educational program planning and evaluation with the World Health Organization since 1999.  She is currently engaged in a project with the United Nations (Eastern Mediterranean Region) to develop Iraq’s National Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Plan 2016-2026.  She was the lead Scholar in the development of Nurse Educator Competencies which have recently (2016) been published for implementation globally. Joy has been invited internationally to share her experience in education program development and evaluation both in formal and non-formal settings. Among other initiatives, she developed a strategic action plan for strengthening nursing research capacity in Kuwait, developed nursing and midwifery curricula in Dubai; assisted with the curriculum development for the University of the West Indies, Faculty of Medicine and Department of Nursing and consulted on the Nursing curriculum for Rwanda and Bangladesh. She has also be engaged in cultural diversity training and human rights education locally and internationally.

A member of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Accreditation team, Joy participates in accreditation and program approval visits across Canada, and has been a quality assurance reviewer and an external examiner for the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

Dr. Fraser has diverse research interests including education, gender equality, immigration, food and nutrition policies and others. Joy has developed and taught many undergraduate and graduate programs and research courses; been a member of several Graduate Committees for Doctoral and Master’s students at Athabasca University and the University of Alberta; and has served as Graduate Student Advisor at AU and Royal Roads University.

In addition to her academic research, teaching, and program administration, Dr. Fraser participates in a range of community activities and is active on non-governmental and government boards.

Updated September 19 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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