Dini Metro-Roland

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Dini Metro-Roland
Professor, Educational Foundations
Office: 
(269) 387-3510
Location: 
4121 Sangren Hall, Mail Stop 5276
Mailing address: 
Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5276 USA
Education: 
  • Ph.D., Indiana University
  • M.A., Indiana University
  • B.A., Loyola-Marymount University
Bio: 

Dini Metro-Roland is a professor of educational foundations in the department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies at Western Michigan University. His publications have explored the themes of philosophical hermeneutics, ethics, human flourishing, multicultural education and the moral and pedagogical implications of online education. He has recently completed a book, cowritten with Paul Farber, titled: Why Teaching Matters: A Philosophical Guide to the Elements of Practice.

Dini Metro-Roland is also the director of Humanities for Everybody, an organization that provides free humanities courses to adult members of the Kalamazoo community. In 2017, Humanities for Everybody received a generous National Endowment of the Humanities challenge grant to establish a Bridge Year program designed to support first generation college students at Western Michigan University.

Teaching (Selected)

Graduate Courses

Human Flourishing and Education

Human Nature and Diversity

Sociological & Philosophical Foundations of Education

Culture and Politics of Educational Institutions

Class, Ethnicity and Gender

Multicultural Education

Curriculum Theory

Undergraduate Courses

Human Flourishing and the Pursuit of Happiness

K-8 Teaching as a Profession

Introduction to American Education

School and Society

Social Studies Methods/Multicultural Education

Research (Selected)

Grants

National Endowment for the Humanities Access Grant, 2017-2022

For Humanities for Everybody Bridge Year Program Development ($100,000 + $100,000 matching funds)

National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions Grant2013-2016

For “What is Human Flourishing”Course Development ($21, 365 + $18,625 WMU Cost Share).

Books and Book Chapters

Metro-Roland, D. and Paul Farber (In Press). Why Teaching Matters: A Philosophical Guide to the Elements of Practice. Bloomsbury Press.

B. A. U. Levinson, J. Gross, C. Hanks, J. Dadds, K. Kumasi, J. Link, and D. Metro-Roland (Eds.), Beyond Critique: Exploring Critical Theories and Education. New York: Routledge, 2016.

Metro-Roland, D. (2016). “Knowledge, Power and Care of the Self: The Many Faces of Michel Foucault in Educational Research.” in B. A. U. Levinson, J. Gross, C. Hanks, J. Dadds, K. Kumasi, J. Link, and D. Metro-Roland (Eds.), Beyond Critique: Exploring Critical Theories and Education. New York: Routledge.

Refereed/Reviewed Publications

Farber, P. and Dini Metro-Roland (accepted with revisions). Moral Education and Technology. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education.

Farber, P. and Dini Metro-Roland (2014). Being on One’s Way: Place, Technology and the Moral Commodification of Education. In Mayo Cris, ed., Philosophy of Education 2013. Urbana: The Philosophy of Education Society.

Metro-Roland, D. and Paul Farber (2013). The Eclipse of Civic Virtue: Recalling the Place of Public Education. In Claudia Ruitenberg, ed., Philosophy of Education 2012. Urbana: The Philosophy of Education Society.

Farber, P. and Dini Metro-Roland (2012). The Promise and Limits of Online Learning: Re-Examining Authority in the Classroom. In Robert Kunzman, ed., Philosophy of Education 2011. Urbana: The Philosophy of Education Society.

Metro-Roland, D. and Paul Farber (2010). Lost Causes: Online Instruction and the Integrity of Presence. In Gert Biesta, ed., Philosophy of Education 2010. Urbana: The Philosophy of Education Society.

Metro-Roland, D. (2010). Hip Hop Hermeneutics and Multicultural Education: A Theory of Cross-Cultural Understanding. Educational Studies. 46 (6), 560-578.

Invited Publications

Metro-Roland, D. (2018). The Academic Pharmakon: In Defense of a Liberal Education. Philosophical Studies in Education. 49, 17-23.

Metro-Roland, D. (2017). Crisis Management: Hannah Arendt and the Rehabilitation of Teacher Authority. Philosophy of Education 2016. Urbana: The Philosophy of Education Society.

Metro-Roland, D. (2016). Notes on Method: On Becoming a Question to Oneself. Philosophy of Education 2015. Urbana: The Philosophy of Education Society.

Metro-Roland, D. (2015). Clichés of Infinite Jest: Kevin Gary’s Liberal Education and the Burden of Originality. In Michelle Moses, ed. Philosophy of Education 2014. Urbana: The Philosophy of Education Society.