Pittsburgh -- Robert Morris University has named Maria V. Kalevitch the dean of its School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science.
Kalevitch has been the interim dean of the school since June, when she replaced Winston Erevelles, who left for a similar position at St. Mary’s University in Texas. Kalevitch, a professor of science, has been on the RMU faculty since 2002 and previously was head of the Department of Science and associate dean.
“Dr. Kalevitch not only has a thorough understanding of the faculty, curriculum and program development, but she also has a clear vision for the future of the school,” said RMU President Gregory G. Dell’Omo.
“I know that Maria will be a leader for her faculty, a strong voice among the deans, and a superb representative for our university in the community,” said Dell’Omo.
Kalevitch holds her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the Biotechnical University in Moscow, and her Ph.D. in biology from the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences in Vilnius. Her research interests include microbiology, biotechnology, mycology, biochemistry, ecology, environmental science and plant physiology. She has published a book, 22 refereed journal articles, and more than 30 research abstracts.
“Dr. Kalevitch has a deep understanding of all of the elements of faculty achievement: research, teaching, and service, and will provide excellent leadership to her school and for our university,” said RMU Provost David Jamison.
Before coming to the United States, Kalevitch researched plant immunity for the Russian Academy of Sciences. She continued her plant research at the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Oklahoma from 1993-97, and has been teaching at the university level since that time. At RMU, Kalevitch has helped to launch new majors in environmental science and biology, as well as the university’s Pre-Medicine Program.
“I am grateful for the vote of confidence that was shown to me by faculty, staff, students and the RMU administration,” said Kalevitch. “I look forward to many productive and successful years to come as we work together on new interdisciplinary initiatives, new curriculum and accreditations.”