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Poland, Michelle

A portrait of Michelle Poland

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Director & Academic Advisor, Statler College Advising Center

Education & Experience


M.S. Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, WVU 2008 
B.S. Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, WVU, 2006

Michelle Poland is the program director for the Statler College Advising Center.  She advises sophomore-senior engineering students. In addition to serving on Statler committees, Mrs. Poland is the incoming co-chair for the Academic Advising Council's Executive Committee, leads the Programming Team for the Persistence & Completion Council, is a member of the Honors Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Provost Office's Academic Intervention Team.

Prior to her current position, Mrs. Poland was the Academic Success Program Coordinator for the Fundamentals of Engineering Program, within the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering in 2006 and earned a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering in 2008, both earned at West Virginia University (WVU).  Michelle returned to her Alma Mater during the summer of 2013 and enjoyed working with freshmen engineering students until August of 2018.  In addition to advising 200-250 freshmen engineering students each semester, she also actively led the advising development efforts for the Fundamentals of Engineering program (FEP), spearheaded the New Student Orientation efforts for the Statler College, organized Statler College Welcome Week activities, planned early-alert efforts, directed the Eugene V. Cilento Learning Center, participated on five FEP committees and one Statler College committee, and was a member of the WVU Advising Development Collaborative, and was a participant in the iPASS Excellence in Advising series.


She was also the owner and handler of Fundamentals of Engineering Therapy Dog, Marlon Brando (2008-2018). During his tenure, "Brando" spent his days working in the Engineering Learning Center. Currently, Mrs. Poland is fostering two service-dogs-in-training, Jack and Sir Isaac Newton.  The Statler College looks forward to welcoming a new therapy dog soon. Follow all of the doggie pursuits on Twitter @WVUDogfather

Mrs. Poland was selected as the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) Outstanding New Advisor for the state of West Virginia (Region III) in 2014, and as an Outstanding Advisor for the Statler College in 2015.  She was selected to receive the West Virginia University 2017 Nicholas Evans Excellence in Advising Award and received the 2017 Statler College Outstanding Advisor of the Year.


Michelle resides in Morgantown, WV with her husband, daughter, and two sons.