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Professor Maia Mikashavidze, MPA, PhD, DFNWC

 

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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Professor Maia Mikashavidze, MPA, PhD, DFNWC

Professor Maia Mikashavidze is a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College and has a distinguished record of ethical leadership. She is a media education and development professional with nearly 18 years of sectoral management experience. She founded the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs in Tbilisi, Georgia in 2001, and served as its dean until 2011. Under her leadership, the school expanded from a grant-based project designed to educate one hundred Caucasian journalists into one of the leading graduate schools in the Caucasus. In 2010, Professor Mikashavidze co-founded the Management Academy, an executive-level training program in Tbilisi, Georgia that has trained Georgian media managers in business, marketing, and sales skills. Prior to 2000, Mikashavidze served as Press and Information Assistant in the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, where she was involved in media development projects. She has received two meritorious honor awards from the U.S. government and has been twice nominated to serve on the Board of the Georgian Public Broadcaster. Professor Mikashavidze has provided expert media consulting services to the U.S. government, the Council of Europe, OSCE, Freedom House, and other international and local organizations.

Professor Mikashavidze is the Deputy Chairperson of the State Accreditation Council for Educational Programs of Georgia, an advisory board member for the International Center for Journalists’ Knight Fellowships Program, and a partner at the Management Academy. Previously, she served as Board Chair for the Center for International Education and as a committee member for the Soros Foundation’s Media Assistance Program in Georgia.

Professor Mikashavidze has been published in several countries and has language proficiency in Georgian, English, Russian and French. Her education includes:

  • 2011-2014: PhD in Mass Communication, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of South Carolina
  • 2004-2007: Master of Public Administration, Georgian Institute of Public Affairs
  • 1983-1989: Diploma of Higher Education in Music, Tbilisi State Conservatoire

Professor Mikashavidze’s fellowships include:

  • 2015 to present: Distinguished Fellowship, New Westminster College
  • Fellowship: United States Government
  • Fellowship: Open Society Institute

Professor Mikashavidze’s professional memberships and affiliations include:

  • 2015 to present: Chairperson, Creative Initiatives
  • 2015 to present: Distinguished Fellows of New Westminster College
  • 2014 to present: Deputy Chairperson of the State Accreditation Council for Educational Programs of Georgia
  • 2006 to present: Regional Advisory Board Member, Knight International Fellowships Program
  • 2005-2011: Chairman of the Board, Center for International Education
  • 2000-2002: Chairman, Mass Media Development Center

Professor Mikashavidze’s publications include:

  • Mikashavidze, M. (2014). Social movements, media, and democratization. Paper accepted by the International Communications Communication Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Campbell, K., Wei, R., Leung, W.C., & Mikashavidze, M. (2014). It’s the leadership, stupid, not the economy: A framing study of newspaper endorsements of presidential candidates in the 2012 election, Newspaper Research Journal 
  • Mikashavidze, M. (2014). Social movements, media, and democratization. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/2854
  • Mikashavidze, M. (2014). Examining the role of Facebook in political participation among young voters in Georgia. Paper presented at International Communication Association Conference, Seattle, WA
  • Mikashavidze, M., Danelia, N., & Kim, S.-H. (2014). Elections as conflict: A framing study of the 2012 Parliamentary Elections in Georgia. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Danelia, N., & Mikashavidze, M. (2013). The Chronicle of Current Events: Uncensored information from the Soviet Union. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Mikashavidze (2013). Social Identity and Practice of Journalism in Post-Soviet Georgia. Paper presented at Open Society Foundation’s Conference, New York, NY
  • Mikashavidze, M. (2009, November 19). An overview of Journalism education in Georgia. In A. Karlsreiter & A. Daminova. Journalism Education: Improvement of the quality of education and new technologies. 6th South Caucasus Media Conference, Tbilisi, Georgia (pp. 119-133). Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Retrieved from http://www.osce.org/fom/73691
  • Mikashavidze, M. (2010). The Georgian Media Landscape. European Journalism Center. Retrieved from http://ejc.net/media_landscapes/georgia
  • Mikashavidze, M. (2005). Georgian Media Progress. Professional report, presented at Asian Journalists Network Conference, Conference proceedings. Bangkok, Thailand
  • Koridze, Z., & Mikashavidze, M. (2004). Georgian regional media management practices. Report presented to the Conrad Adenauer Foundation. Tbilisi, Georgia

Professor Mikashavidze’s honours and awards include:

  • 2015: Distinguished Fellow, New Westminster College
  • 2008: Nomination by the President of Georgia to serve on the governing board of the Georgian Public Broadcaster
  • 2006: Nomination by the President of Georgia to serve on the governing board of the Georgian Public Broadcaster
  • 2005: Recognition for Remarkable Service Award, International Center for Journalists
  • 1998: Meritorious Honor Award, United States Department of State
  • 1997: Meritorious Honor Award, United States Department of State

As a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, Professor Dr. Maia Mikashavidze is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.

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