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The Writing Center

Joan Rosen Writing Studio
212 Kresge Library
100 Library Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-3120
ouwc@oakland.edu

Summer 2022 Hours
Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
(or as available on the scheduler)

The Writing Center

Joan Rosen Writing Studio
212 Kresge Library
100 Library Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-3120
ouwc@oakland.edu

Summer 2022 Hours
Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
(or as available on the scheduler)


Anton/Frankel Center

20 South Main Street
Mount Clemens, MI 48043

OUWC Team

Leadership Team


Sherry Wynn Perdue, Ph.D.
Director
(248) 370-3105
wynn@oakland.edu

Professional head shot of Sherry Wynn Perdue

Dr. Sherry Wynn Perdue holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, an M.A. in English/American Studies, and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities. She has actively participated in curriculum development and peer mentoring in addition to teaching composition within the Writing and Rhetoric Department since 1996. In 2009, Sherry affirmed her commitment to the lively art (and science) of writing at OU by taking the helm of the writing center, where she spends most of her consulting hours collaborating with faculty on their scholarly publications and with graduate students on their theses and dissertations. More recently, she piloted a dissertation supervision fellowship to help faculty better meet the genre needs of their doctoral students. In addition to her campus role, Sherry is the President of the International Writing Centers Association.

When not teaching or working one-on-one with clients, she is collecting data, developing training curriculum, mentoring one of the center’s writing consultants, or presenting at conferences. Sherry’s concurrent role as a College Board Consultant for AP English Language affirms her belief that high school students need rigorous preparation and their teachers need pedagogical support.

Sherry’s publications on evidence-based research in writing centers, the unique needs of dissertation writers and their supervisors, and information literacy have appeared in The Writing Center JournalEducation LibrariesPerspectives in Undergraduate Research and Mentoring, and the Journal of Academic Librarianship. In addition to penning her own publications, she serves as a reviewer and runs WriteSpace Consulting, an editing and custom writing business.

Ashley Cerku, M.A.
Manager
(248) 370-3474
ajcerku@oakland.edu

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Ashley Cerku holds a B.A. in English and Writing/Rhetoric and an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Oakland University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology at Michigan State University.

Her journey in the OU Writing Center began as a writing consultant and she then transitioned into a consultant mentor role, followed by a position as the operations coordinator. She is currently the manager of the OU Writing Center and her goal is to help create a more interactive writing environment on campus. She has conducted research on consultant training, clients' usage of university writing centers, as well as interactive learning platforms and activities.

Receptionists and Consultants

Reception Team

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Alexis

Education: Pursuing BA in Information Technology and minor Business Communications

Alexis is currently involved in many on-campus leadership roles and working at The Writing Center was a perfect place to gain more leadership. She hopes to use her degree to help improve IT Security and Data Analytics in our computer applications. In her free time, she loves cooking (she watched every cooking show), watching Marvel movies and doing anything artistic!

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Jenny

Education: Pursuing an MBA with concentrations in Human Resource Management, Marketing and International Business.

Jenny has earned her Bachelor in Human Resource Management from OU in December 2019 and is now pursuing her masters degree. She is an international student from Germany who came to the United States in August 2015. She will graduate in May 2022 and will start her career in HR in her home country. Jenny loves to travel and spend time with friends and family. Other interests include reading, cooking, and playing with her two cats.

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Katie

Education: Pursuing BA in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice.

Katie is currently a Senior at OU. After graduation, she hopes to attend Michigan State University College of Law. In her free time, she loves to hang out with friends, go to the movies, and read.

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Michaela

Education: Pursuing BA in English and History Secondary Education

Michaela is currently working towards her Secondary Education degree in order to teach English/Language Arts at the high school level (9-12). The Writing Center is the perfect place for Michaela to practice some of the most important skills, like management and teamwork, that will apply to her future career as an educator. In her free time, Michaela enjoys reading, traveling (in a pre-COVID world), and improving her cooking and baking skills by experimenting with new recipes.

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Rachel K.

Education: Pursuing BA in Accounting

Rachel is a Senior at OU studying Accounting. She plans to graduate in April 2022 and continue her education in the Masters of Accounting Program and sit for the CPA exam. Rachel is also the President of Oakland Accounting Student Information Society and is a member of the Cross Country team. In her free time, she loves to play games and be outdoors with her family and friends.

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Samiya

Education: Pursuing BA in Communication with a minor in Digital Media Production

Samiya plans to use her degree within the works of social media and management to cultivate a job that she enjoys. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with friends and family.

Consulting Team

Graduate Students and Faculty Research


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Red
Education: MA in Liberal Studies; BS in Public Administration and Public Policy, Minor in Business, concentration Pre-Law; Certified Paralegal; pursuing PhD in Higher Education Leadership.

Specialties: Research proposals, articles for publication, literature reviews and synthesis, APA citation, personal statements, graduate and professional school applications, resumes, cover letters, theses, dissertations.

Red is a doctoral student whose research focuses on posttraumatic growth in college students and whose interests include traveling, competing in athletics, playing guitar, and participating in outdoor activities. Red is interested in research writing and enjoys working with clients on personal statements, presentations, and literature reviews. With an outgoing personality, Red often participates in public speaking events, attends conferences, and likes meeting new people.

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Kaylie
Education: BS in Psychology with minors in Cognitive Science and Health Promotion; Pursuing MA in Psychology.

Kaylie is a MA student whose research focuses on belief in conspiracies, specifically how trauma influences these beliefs. Upon completion of her masters, Kaylie is hoping to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Kaylie is interested in assisting in research writing, including statistics, research and personal statements, and presentations. In her free time, she enjoys reading, riding horses, working out, and cuddling her cats.

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Victoria
Education: BA in Biological Foundations of Behavior: Animal Behavior, minor in Studio Art; MA in Animal Behavior & Conservation; Pursuing a PhD in Psychology with a focus in Carnivore Cognition

Specialties: Research Writing, SPSS, Quantitative Analysis, Proposals, APA Citation, Personal Statements, Research Statements, CVs/Resumes, and Cover Letters 

Victoria is a doctoral student whose research focuses on comparative cognition in large carnivores, specifically the evolution of intelligence in Panthera, for captive welfare and conservation. Victoria is interested in supporting others in research writing, including personal and research statements, statistics, and presentations. Outside of academic interests, Victoria enjoys time spent with her dog, family, participating in outdoor activities, and traveling the world.

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Victoriano
Education: BA in Psychology, minor in Philosophy; Pursuing an MS in Psychology

Specialties: Research writing, quantitative analysis, literature review, formal logic, hypothesis exploration, APA formatting and citation, personal statements, CVs/resumes

Victoriano is an MS student whose research focuses on the theoretical nature of the personality traits dominance motives and authoritarianism. Victoriano is interested in detailed analyses of research writing and enjoys working with clients to help organize even their most complex ideas into cogent arguments that are easy to follow. Victoriano also enjoys the challenge of placing commas correctly. Outside of academic interests, Victoriano enjoys meditation, running, cooking, spending time with friends, and philosophical conversations.


Core Consulting Team


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Alexandra
Education: Pursuing a BA in English, minoring in Creative Writing.

Alexandra (AKA Alex) is an undergraduate student at OU pursuing a degree in English with a minor in Creative Writing. On top of working at the Writing Center, she is also a teaching assistant for the Honors College and a Docent at Meadowbrook Hall and is currently working on research for her thesis proposal. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Alex is hoping to attend law school. She believes that working at the Writing Center is the perfect way to hone her writing skills and assist her peers. In her free time Alex enjoys reading, working on her novel, drawing, and traveling.

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Bryce
Education: Pursuing a BA in Creative Writing, Specialization in Screenwriting.

Bryce is a senior at OU pursuing a degree in Creative Writing with a Specialization in Screenwriting. He is also the President of the OU Screenwriters’ Guild. He enjoys watching movies, reading, and working on screenplays.

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Courtney
Education: Pursuing BA in Elementary Education

Courtney is a Junior pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. She is the President of Delight Ministries, and in her free time, she enjoys running, exploring new towns, journaling, reading, and shopping at Target.

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Emma
Education: Pursuing BSN in Nursing

Courtney is a Junior pursuing a BSN degree. She joined the Writing Center team because I love to help people and help them achieve their goals and reach their highest potential. On campus, she is a part of YoungLife, and occasionally attends the Spikeball club. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, working out, hanging with friends, and if none of those, you will find her at the beach! After graduating, she hopes to become a travel nurse, and later a nurse practitioner.

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Isabelle
Education: Pursuing BA in Psychology, minor in Writing.

Isabelle is a Writing and Rhetoric major at OU. She has a love for writing and helping others; so naturally, the Writing Center was the perfect place for her. Ultimately, she is looking to pursue a career in higher level English education. In her free time, Isabelle enjoys doing Crossfit six days a week, watching Friends, traveling to the UP, and cuddling with her unbelievably adorable cat, Nyara.

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Jillian
Education: Pursuing BA in Psychology, minor in Writing.

Jillian is an undergraduate student at Oakland University majoring in Psychology with a minor in Writing. She hopes that one day she can become an adolescent mental health counselor. During her time at the Writing Center, Jillian hopes to make the writing process as stress-free as possible for clients. In her free time, Jillian enjoys cooking, singing, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family.

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Kathryn
Education: Pursuing BA in Studio Art Ed. K-12, minor English STEP.

Kathryn is a senior majoring in Studio Art Education with a specialization in Painting, hoping to one day teach high school art. She enjoys assisting clients with the early stages of the writing process like brainstorming, organizing thoughts, and creating a thesis. Aside from painting, she loves creative writing, poetry, literature, movies, music, and as much outdoor-time as she can get.

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Lauren
Education: Pursuing a BA in International Relations.

Lauren is a Junior pursuing a degree in Environmental Science. She knows how difficult writing can be, so she wants to be a friendly face that can guide others through the writing process. Lauren hopes to be involved in environmental and language groups on campus. In her free time, she enjoys watching anime with her friends, playing ukulele, and being outside in nature.

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Lily
Education: Pursuing MA in Counseling.

Lily is a graduate student studying counseling who enjoys collaborating with OU students in the Writing Center! When she finishes her program, she hopes to pursue a career in private practice working with children and adolescents. When she is not at the Writing Center, you can find her snuggling with her dog Mason, watching Netflix or sports, or pursuing her other passion of working with kids.

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Rachael B.
Education: Pursuing BA in International Relations, double-minor in German and History

Rachael is a senior majoring in International Relations and double-minoring in German and History. She has experience serving on the editorial board of the Pi Sigma Alpha political science journal and loves to work with clients on research, standard essays, and personal statements. Outside school, she enjoys playing violin in the OU Chamber Orchestra, spending time with her dog, and running.

A headshot of Writing Center staff, Rachel P.
Rachel P.
Education: Pursuing a BA in English, minoring in Creative Writing.

Rachel is a Junior pursuing a degree in Creative Writing. She likes to take classes at the Rec and hopes to get more involved in clubs on campus. In her free time, she likes to read, paint, and play frisbee with her dog. 

A headshot of Writing Center staff, Sophia.
Sophia
Education: Pursuing a BA in English Secondary Education with a minor in History Secondary Education.

Sophia is an undergraduate student at OU. Her educational pursuits are primarily based on English 17th-19th Century studies, although she enjoys a wide variety of histories and literature from around the globe. Career-wise, Sophia enjoys working freelance as both an artist and as a diviner to uplift the aesthetic, spiritual, and wellness-oriented needs of others. In due time, Sophia hopes to make a positive impact in the classroom as a teacher. You may find her hugging trees, doodling, or playing Dungeons and Dragons in her downtime.