O'Dowd Hall, Room 520
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(248) 370-2700

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

About Us

Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students receive an exceptional educational foundation — from initial admittance to specialized areas of study to career preparation and graduation.

Mission, Role,
Graduate Education is dedicated to academic excellence at Oakland University, and advocates for support for graduate programs and graduate students.

As the administrative arm of Graduate Council, Graduate Education has responsibility for ensuring the highest standards in student admission; for providing academic records management, academic standing and degree services for currently enrolled students; and for the authorship, maintenance and oversight of graduate policy and standards that promote high quality in educational programs and curricula.

Graduate Education works with faculty, academic departments, and the deans of the College and schools to recruit and develop a graduate student body across the disciplines and professional fields reflective of academic strength and the University’s commitment to diversity, and designs programs to support student achievement and success.

Graduate Education also partners with departments and University governance in program review, accreditation, registration, and evaluation efforts conducted locally and by external authorities, and thereby contributes to the ongoing campus-wide commitment to retention.

Profile of Responsibilities
Commitment to Quality
  • Graduate Council — academic policies and procedures
  • Graduate program and curriculum
  • Course catalog and development
  • Graduate academic program review
  • Graduate student progress, retention and degree completion
  • Graduate academic faculty and program services
Graduate Recruitment and Admission
  • Prospective graduate students
  • Graduate recruitment
  • Graduate admission services
  • Graduate guest services
Graduate Student Progress
  • Graduate readmission and program transfer
  • Plan of study
  • Transfer of graduate credit
  • Petition of exception
  • Graduate assistants and fellowships
  • Leave of absence
  • Academic standing, probation and dismissal
  • Dissertation and thesis service
  • Manage the application to graduate
  • Approve final graduate degree audits
Dean of
Graduate Education
Claudia Petrescu   

Claudia Petrescu, Ph.D., dean of Graduate Education, provides academic leadership and vision in the advancement of graduate education through the integrated process of strategic planning within Academic Affairs.

She serves as the administrative leader reporting to the provost and president on the expansion of graduate academic programs; and provides support and direction in academic planning initiatives, while monitoring the quality of graduate programs in a manner consistent with the OU’s mission.

Dr. Petrescu joined Oakland University in August 2015. She received her doctorate in Public Administration from University of Pittsburgh, and graduate degrees from Duquesne University, Babes-Bolyai University (Romania), and the National School of Public Administration and International Relations (Romania).

Prior to joining OU, Dr. Petrescu served at Eastern Michigan University in several administrative roles including director of EMU's National Leadership Alliance program, faculty associate for policies and procedures for the graduate school, and assistant to the Dean of College of Arts and Sciences for strategic planning.

Dr. Petrescu holds the rank of professor in OU’s Department of Political Science, and her research focuses on nonprofit management.

Staff Directory

Graduate Education
Service Resource Directory 

Download the Contact List

Graduate Education
Claudia Petrescucpetrescu@oakland.edu(248) 370-3169
  • Dean of Graduate Education
LaGina Edwards-Cookedwardscook@oakland.edu(248) 370-2962
  • Executive Assistant to the Dean
  • Support for Graduate Council

Graduate Academic Administration
Claire Rammel, Assistant Deanrammel@oakland.edu(248) 370-3159
Curriculum Management:
  • Policy and Policy Compliance
  • Off Campus Site Locations
  • Distance Program Delivery
  • Graduate Council
  • New Programs and Program Modifications
  • Program Review
  • Graduate Students Appeals and Dismissals 
Katherine Rowleykzrowley@oakland.edu(248) 370-3159
  • Banner Catalog
  • Acalog (online catalog)
  • Course Action Forms
  • Special Credit Offering Forms
  • Limited Standing Review and Monitoring

Faculty and Student Academic Service
Evonne Mitchellmitchel3@oakland.edu(248) 370-4052
  • KCP Scholarships
  • Faculty Mentor Award
  • Outstanding Dissertation and Thesis Award

Graduate Customer Service Team
Lateacha Carr (248) 370-2700
Sharon Truxton(248) 370-2700
Evonne Mitchell(248) 370-2700
Service Representatives provide general information and resource guidance to future students, current students, faculty, staff and administrators.  Questions requiring more specific responses are directed to the appropriate person.
Future Graduate Students and Graduate Applicantsgradinfo@oakland.edu
Enrolled Graduate Studentsgradstudy@oakland.edu

Graduate Admission Services
Steve Meyer, Assistant Deanmeyer234@oakland.edu(248) 370-4855
Admission process and policies management:
  • Oversee Admission Review
  • Oversee Admission decision making for Domestic
    and International Students
  • Graduate Students Academic Eligibility Decisions
  • Graduate Applicants Appeals
  • Recruitment and Marketing Strategies
  • Thesis/Dissertation defense deadlines, format and submission
Lynn Coughlincoughlin@oakland.edu(248) 370-2653
  • Admissions Coordinator: application requirements, 
  • processing and reporting
  • Coordinator for Special Graduate and Incomplete Applications
  • Provide Graduate Program Coordinators for admission support
Tina Tuckertinatucker@oakland.edu(248) 370-4189
  • Admissions and Application Services
Dawn Dotsondotson@oakland.edu(248) 370-2558
  • Applications for CAS, SBA, SHS, NRS
  • Admissions and Application Services
Truus VanderWijstvanderwi@oakland.edu(248) 370-4142
  • Application for SEHS, SECS
  • Admissions and Application Services

International Student Services
Danielle Bookerdrbooker@oakland.edu(248) 370-3466
  • International Applications for Admission
  • International Student Services

Graduate Recruitment Services
Todd Steeletsteele@oakland.edu(248) 370-4922
  • Develop & execute graduate recruitment strategies
  • Coordinate graduate marketing and corporate relations efforts
  • International and domestic territory recruiting                  
Sherry Quinnsequinn@oakland.edu(248) 370-4922
  • Develop & execute graduate recruitment strategies 
  • Coordinate graduate marketing and corporate relations efforts 
  • International and domestic territory recruiting

Enrolled Student Services
Katherine Rowleykzrowley@oakland.edu(248) 370-3159
Limited Standing Review and Monitoring
Academic student program actions for:
  • petitions of exceptions
  • waiver/substitutions
  • transfer credits
  • readmission
  • program transfers
  • time extensions
Michelle Smithmcsmith@oakland.edu(248) 370-4048
  • Budget
  • Graduate Assistant Agreements
  • Graduate Assistant Hiring Processing
  • Graduate Assistantship payroll

Graduation Services
Nidhi Khattreenkhattre@oakland.edu(248) 370-2569
  • Doctoral Students Degree Audits
  • Doctoral Students Progress and Candidacy
  • Doctoral Plans of Study
  • CAPP/Degree Works
Barbara Janssenjanssen@oakland.edu(248) 370-4156
  • Master's Students Degree Audits
  • Master's Students Progress Issues
  • Master's Plans of Student
  • Degree audit communications for Ph.D./Master's

Graduate Technology and Web
NingNing Zhengnzheng@oakland.edu(248) 370-2595
  • Technology
  • Data Analysis
  • Project Management
Svet Alichevsnaliche@oakland.edu(248) 370-4317
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Webmaster
  • Marketing
  • Events Coordinator