Nina Mikhalevsky’s areas of academic expertise and research include aesthetics, ethics and political theory, as well as women in STEM, women’s education and pedagogy and the history of women’s education. A tenured professor of philosophy, she was appointed provost in 2017, serving as the University’s chief academic officer. Working with the deans and faculty, she provides leadership of major university initiatives in teaching, research and creative activities, and has responsibility for all university educational and academic policies.
Dr. Mikhalevsky has served in a variety of administrative positions at UMW, including vice president for strategy and policy, acting provost and interim dean of the college of education. Prior to coming to Mary Washington, she was assistant dean for academic programs and planning at the George Washington University. She also held a number of other significant administrative and leadership roles at GWU.
Named the Ambassador John M. Steeves Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Dr. Mikhalevsky also was awarded a teaching fellowship and a university fellowship at Georgetown University. She is the recipient of the Elizabeth J. Somers Award for Outstanding Leadership in Women’s Education from Mount Vernon College. She is a member of the American Philosophical Association and the American Society for Aesthetics.
Areas of Expertise (5)
Ethics and Aesthetics
Strategy and Policy
Dominion Foundation Award (professional)
The University of Mary Washington received a $15,000 gift to support its “E3 Makerspace Network.” Awarded by the Dominion Foundation, the funds will help create a collaborative network with two UMW colleges, the Friends of the Rappahannock, and the England Run Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library system.
Elizabeth J. Somers Award (professional)
Outstanding Leadership in Women’s Education from Mount Vernon College.
Georgetown University: Ph.D., Philosophy 1981
Georgetown University: M.A., Philosophy 1977
Boston University: B.A., Philosophy 1974
- American Philosophical Association
- American Society for Aesthetics
- Society for Women in Philosophy.
Media Appearances (3)
Gift Supports New Makerspace Program
Eagle Eye online
The University of Mary Washington received a $15,000 gift to support its “E3 Makerspace Network.” Awarded by the Dominion Foundation, the funds will help create a collaborative network with two UMW colleges, the Friends of the Rappahannock, and the England Run Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library system...
Nina Mikhalvesky Discusses Women in STEM
Eagle Eye online
Nina Mikhalevsky, professor of philosophy, gave a presentation on the “Current Status of Women in STEM” at the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) in Quantico on Thursday, March 14. The presentation was part of the Women’s History Month program “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.”...
Interview with Nina Mikailevsky
Women's and Gender History: An Oral History Project online
“Women’s colleges that go coed often retain those same core values. They don’t loose them. And I think some of the real core values that we have here at the University of Mary Washington, the quality of our academic environment is a legacy of this having been a women’s college.”...
Women's Leadership Roles and Washington Internships.Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association
1993 ABSTRACT: The purpose of this paper is to explore the value of experiential education in the context of Washington internships and to consider the importance of role mentoring for female students in political science. The central question for this paper is whether the presence of female leadership role models and mentors in Washington internship programs offers more advantages (such as better job opportunities, a greater job satisfaction, and greater personal growth) for female students than if such students had interned with male leadership role models and mentors...
The Concept of the Rational Being in Kant's "Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals"Georgetown University
1981 ABSTRACT: Chapter I is a summary of the general argument of the thesis. It defines the key concept of a rational being and draws the relationship of the concept of rational being to those of a person and a human being. This chapter sketches the two roles the concept of a rational being has in the Groundwork and the connection between these two roles. Chapter II contains an analysis of moral worth. In this chapter there is a focus on the distinction between actions performed in accordance with duty and those performed out of duty...