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.

Program Coordinators & Chairs

Brandy Randall, Ph.D., 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. Randall has served as the associate dean of the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies at North Dakota State University since 2013 and has served as a faculty member in the university's Department of Human Development and Family Science since 2002.

Other leadership roles Dr. Randall has held include associate chair for the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance Youth Development Faculty, inaugural editor for the Society for Research on Adolescence Online News, co-founder of the annual Moral Development Preconference, associate editor for the Journal of Early Adolescence, and board member for the North Dakota Women’s Network. 

She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Creighton University.

Mission, role and responsibilities


The Graduate School seeks to make OU the university of choice for graduate students and a national leader in graduate education. The Graduate School partners with Oakland University's academic units to provide a rich environment for graduate student success that fosters leaders in discovery, innovation, and creative endeavors. The School in collaboration with the schools and college recruits, retains and graduates engaged professionals whose work impacts the state, the nation and the world. 

The Graduate School carries out its mission by: 

  • Fostering integrity, excellence and freedom of inquiry in graduate education 
  • Creating a rich and diverse intercultural and international community of scholars 
  • Providing high standards and clear policies for graduate education 
  • Providing personalized services and resources for graduate students and faculty


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 board


The Graduate School Advisory Board'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 Board 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-Board 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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Doug Templeton
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Debbie Pruent
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Laura Tack
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Beth Talbert
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Sheila Brooks
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Caryn Reed Hendon
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Andrea Bittinger
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Amy Garrett
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Ryan Mostiller

Former board members

  • Michael Antaran
  • Napoleon Harrington
  • Amy Butler (deceased) 
  • Beth Benson
Staff directory

Dean of graduate school

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 

  • Katrina Lewis - or (248) 370-4142
    • Thesis and dissertation support

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 

  • Linda Hutcheson - or (248) 370-4156
    • Students academic student program actions for petitions of exception, waiver/substitutions, transfer credits, readmission, program transfers, time extensions 

Graduate analysis, technology and web

  • Steve Meyer - or (248) 370-2700
    • Enrollment and information analysis
    • Dissertation and thesis review and approval 

  • Svet Alichev - or (248) 370-4317
    • Technical communications coordinator
    • Webmaster

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

  • N/A
    • 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

Graduate scholarships, assistantships & fellowship awards

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