charlie gragg

Charlie Gragg

Title: Special Lecturer
Office: 131 O'Dowd Hall
Phone: (248) 370-2740


I have been teaching freshman college composition classes for over a decade, in high school AP course settings, both in conventional classrooms and online. This is my first year teaching on campus at Oakland University. I have also taught many other English and social studies subjects, especially film classes and history classes. But my real passion in life is reading and teaching great writing.

I have three college degrees, from three different universities: Harvard, University of Chicago, and University of Michigan. I also take additional college classes and attend professional seminars as often as I can, because I enjoy learning.

I have four children; my youngest is a Purdue University Communication major; another is in medical school at Michigan State (and a U.S. Army officer); a third works for Ogilvy Advertising in Beijing, China, and my eldest is a designer in Cleveland, Ohio. Combined, my wife and I have 15 brothers/sisters, 25 nieces/nephews, 4 children, and 1 grandchild, spread across the country. So, yes, family activities keep us quite busy.

In addition to our children, one of our major life’s projects has been restoring an 1851 farm house in Eastern Connecticut (we’re on year #15), which is where we spend our summers when not enjoying the great state of Michigan, home to 20% of the planet’s fresh water supply.