SciTech Staff - Michelle Poland

Poland, Michelle
College Assistant
College of Science and Technology

After receiving my Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University in 2008, I began work at Fairmont State University as the College Assistant.  My typical responsibilities include editing the SciTech Newsletter, planning outreach events (such as the West Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair, the North Central West Virginia Science, Energy, and Engineering Fair, and the Engineering and Science Challenge), and teaching a freshman seminar course.  In the Fall 2010 semester I began teaching MANF 2205, Engineering Economics.  This is one of my favorite topics and is a class I have taught for several semesters at West Virginia University.

Aside from my responsibilities at FSU, I am also a wife and mother.  I delight in the accomplishments of my daughter.

What have you learned during your time at Fairmont State?: 

I have learned quite a bit about time management, communication skills, and the benefits of small class sizes.  While teaching at WVU my class roster was typically 65-85.  I enjoy teaching at FSU with class sizes ranging from 10-25; I truly feel as if I am able to connect with each of my students.

What do you like best about working at Fairmont State?: 

I enjoy the atmosphere of family that is present among faculty and students.  The campus is uniquely different from other locations that I have attended.  Each semester brings new students and experiences to me.

301B ET