|Victoria Keetay, PhD|
Victoria Keetay, PhD, joined Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences on July 18, 2016, as executive director of the PNWU Institute for Interprofessional Education.
Keetay comes to PNWU from Pacific University in Oregon, where she was a tenured professor of audiology and director of the School of Audiology within the College of Health Professions. Since joining Pacific University in 2011, Keetay was intensely focused on building an accelerated doctoral audiology program based on an innovative block curriculum format. Under her leadership, the new Doctor of Audiology degree program became the second largest in the country and successfully achieved candidacy accreditation status. Keetay also enjoyed the college’s rich interprofessional educational atmosphere, which led to collaborative teaching between audiology and several other health professions programs and the development of a course on interprofessional global health.
Keetay has been committed to advancing educational initiatives throughout her career. Prior to joining Pacific University, she served as senior director of education for the American Academy of Audiology, during which time she was the project director for an NIH three-year R13 conference grant in support of the association’s prestigious Academy Research Conference, an annual conference focused on translational research, for 2011-2013. She also authored the association’s 2012 response to Healthy People 2020’s call for public comments on objectives related to educational and community-based programs. Keetay has most recently served on the advisory committees to the Oregon Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program and Western Oregon University’s deaf education program.
Keetay earned a baccalaureate in deaf education (1980) and a master’s degree in audiology (1983), both from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and a doctor of philosophy in audiology from Purdue University (1996) in West Lafayette, Indiana. She has extensive clinical and university experience and is a licensed audiologist in Oregon. She also holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Keetay has a keen interest in the social conditions that impact access to clinical care and is looking forward to exploring the potential for interprofessional collaboration to make a positive difference in patient care. In her free time, Keetay loves reading, exploring historic places, and taking in the inspiring vistas of the high deserts and steppes of Eastern Washington and Oregon.