Michelle Metro-Roland

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Michelle Metro-Roland
Associate Director External Scholarships and Faculty Development, International Student Advocate
(269) 387-3908
(269) 387-0630
2535 Ellsworth Hall, Mail Stop 5245
Mailing address: 
Haenicke Institute for Global Education
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5245 USA
  • Ph.D., Geography, Indiana University, 2008
  • M.A., History, University of California at Berkeley, 1998
  • B.A., Classics, Loyola Marymount University, 1994
Research interests: 
  • Urban and cultural geography
  • Landscape
  • Tourism

Dr. Michelle Metro-Roland works on issues of international student inclusion and is the campus representative for the Fulbright program. She is the Program Advisor for domestic students wishing to apply for Fulbright grants and the FSA (Foreign Student Advisor) for Fellows pursuing their graduate degrees at WMU. As the Campus Scholar Liaison she assists WMU faculty interested in applying for Fulbright awards and international scholars who are being hosted by the university. Dr. Metro-Roland also advises for other nationally competitive grants for study abroad including the Boren Awards, Gilman, and Freeman-Asia.

Dr. Metro-Roland is a Cultural Geographer and an affiliate professor in the Department of Geography. Her research explores landscape, place, and material culture and is concerned with questions of interpretation and embodied experience. Her recent work has investigated the ways in which various scales of local, national, and global culture interact in the built environment. Dr. Metro-Roland has published numerous articles and book chapters, a monograph, Tourists, Signs and the City: The Semiotics of Culture in an Urban Landscape, and is co-author of Tourism, Performance, and Place: A Geographic Perspective, and co-editor of Landscape, Tourism, and Meaning. She is a founding member of the Landscape Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers.

Dr. Metro-Roland has studied, researched, and taught internationally. She has studied Classics at the University of Nottingham, and Latin in Rome, taught English in a technical high school in Budapest, Hungary, and North American Civilization at South East European University in Macedonia, and she received a Fulbright-Hays DDRA award for field work in Budapest.

As the director of Faculty and Global Program Development, Dr. Metro-Roland's primary responsibilities include:

  • Facilitates admission of Fulbright students by communicating with Fulbright placement officers and WMU academic departments; provides continued support to Fulbright students
  • Oversees the International Education Faculty Development Fund and faculty/staff abroad opportunities
  • Assists WMU students and faculty apply for scholarships such as Fulbright, Boren, Gilman and others
  • Works with the other units on campus as well as international student activities specialist to promote inclusion of international students at WMU
  • Advises and advocates on behalf of international students in crisis. Works with academic departments, offices, and agencies both on and off campus to help students find the assistance they need.