Michigan Road Scholars

Through the annual Michigan Road Scholar Tour, more than 300 faculty and staff have been educated on economics, government and politics, culture, educational systems, health and social issues, history, and the geography of our state.

Michigan Road Scholar Tour

The Michigan Road Scholars Tour is a five-day traveling seminar of the State of Michigan for U of M faculty from the Ann Arbor, Flint and Dearborn campuses. This educational tour exposes faculty to the state’s economy, government and politics, culture, educational systems, health and social issues, history, and geography.

Designed to increase mutual knowledge and understanding between the university and the people and communities of the state, the program lets participants glimpse the locations our students call home. The tour offers a unique experience to visit diverse organizations and interact with the people working in and leading them. Itineraries reflect the diversity and breadth of local organizations both small and large; public and private; commercial and non-profit that operate across the state. It also encourages university service to the public and suggests ways faculty can address state issues through their own research, scholarship, course development and creative activity.

In addition, the experience helps to develop beneficial ties between the university and communities around the state and promotes interdisciplinary discussion among the touring faculty. The tour encourages collaboration between faculty participants and between faculty and community organizations for mutual benefit.

The annual Michigan Road Scholar Tour is scheduled the first week after spring commencement each year and is funded by the U-M Office of the Provost. Tour planning and staffing comes from the U-M Office of the Vice President for Government Relations (OVPGR) State Outreach Office.

For Additional Information Contact:

Associate Director Dana Sitzler

Dana Sitzler

Associate Director of State Outreach

dds@umich.edu | 734-763-5554

Dana's areas of outreach include the west side of Michigan, northern, Tribal Connections and Project Manager for Michigan Road Scholars Tour.