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Graduate School

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

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

Graduate School

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

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

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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.

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Interim Dean

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Susan M. Awbrey, Ph.D., interim dean of the Graduate School, 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. Awbrey has been a faculty member and administrator in higher education for 35 years. Joining Oakland University in 1991 she served as a faculty member, department chair, vice provost, senior associate provost, and interim senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. Prior to OU, she was an administrator and faculty member at University of Illinois, Michigan State University, and the University of Texas.

Dr. Awbrey was selected as an American Council on Education Fellow and as an Esteemed Woman of Michigan. She is a professor emerita in the School of Education and Human Services and an alumna of MSU. She authored and co-authored numerous publications including the edited book, Integrative Learning and Action, essays on creating a wiser, more collaborative global society. Her research focuses on organizational design and change in higher education.

Mission, role and responsibilities


The Graduate School 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, the Graduate School 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.

The Graduate School 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.

The Graduate School 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
Advisory council


The Graduate School Advisory Council's mission is to support OU's graduate school by contributing to the development of its strategic direction and implementation of strategic objectives.


The Graduate School Advisory Council is an invitation only position facilitated by the Dean of the Graduate School. This position will support the work of the Graduate School  and provide mission-based leadership and strategic advocacy. The Dean-Council relationship is a partnership.

The Advisory Board Members will serve a three-year term and will be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. Board meetings are held quarterly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings.


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Susan Bowyer (Chair)
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Michael Antaran
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Debbie Pruent
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Laura Tack
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Beth Talbert
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Beth Benson
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Amy Butler
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Napoleon Harrington
Staff directory

Interim dean of graduate school

  • Susan Awbrey, Ph.D. - (248) 370-3169
    • Interim dean

  • Celia Knobelsdorf - or (248) 370-2962 
    • Executive assistant to the dean

Graduate curriculum, retention & academic services

  • Claire Rammel - or (248) 370-3159
    • Assistant dean
    • Curriculum management includes: 
      • Policy and policy compliance 
      • Off campus site locations
      • Distance programs
      • Graduate council 
      • New programs and program modifications 
      • Program review
      • Graduate student retention 
      • Graduate student academic eligibility decisions 
      • Graduate student and faculty academic service 
      • Graduate applicant appeals 
      • Oversee admission review 
      • Oversee admission decision making for domestic and international applicants 

Student and faculty academic services

  • Evonne Mitchel - or (248) 370-4052
    • Graduate catalog
    • Graduate student enrollment services 
    • KCP scholarships
    • Faculty mentor award 
    • Outstanding dissertation and thesis awards 
    • Banner catalog 
    • Acalog (online catalog) 
    • Course action forms 
    • Special credit offering forms 
    • PACE

  • Tina Tucker - or (248) 370-4189
    • Graduate student enrollment services 

Graduation services

  • Nidhi Khattre - or (248) 370-2569
    • Students degree audits 
    • Students progress and candidacy 
    • Students plans of study 
    • Students limited standing review and monitoring 
    • Students academic student program actions for petitions of exception, waiver/substitutions, transfer credits, readmission, program transfers, time extensions
    • CAPP/Degree Works 
    • Thesis/Dissertation defense deadlines, format and submission

  • Tiffany Baugh-Helton - or (248) 370-2595
    • Thesis/Dissertation defense deadlines, format and submission

Graduate technology and web

Graduate customer services

Graduate recruitment services

  • Todd Steele - or (248) 370-3073
    • Develop & execute graduate recruitment strategies
    • Coordinate graduate marketing and corporate relations efforts
    • International and domestic territory recruiting

  • Holly Toggweiler - or (248) 370-4922
    • Develop & execute graduate recruitment strategies
    • Coordinate graduate marketing and corporate relations efforts
    • International and domestic territory recruiting

Graduate admission services

  • Lynn Coughlin - or (248) 370-2653
    • Admissions coordinator including:
      • application requirements, admission review, application decisions, processing and reporting
    • Coordinator for special graduate and incomplete applications
    • Provide graduate program coordinators admission support

  • Dawn Dotson - or (248) 370-2558
    • Applications and admissions services for CAS, SBA, SHS, NRS, SEHS, SECS

  • Linda Hutcheson - or (248) 370-4142
    • Application and admission services

International admissions & student services

  • Danielle Booker - or (248) 370-3466
    • International applications for admission
    • International student services (CPT)

Graduate scholarships, assistantships & fellowship awards

  • Michelle Smith - or (248) 370-4048
    • Budget Graduate assistant agreements, processing and payroll

Graduate projects