The Writing Center

Joan Rosen Writing Studio
212 Kresge Library
100 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
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(248) 370-3120

Winter 2020 Hours
Mon-Thurs 8:00 AM-9:30 PM
Fri 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Sun 2:00 PM-8:00 PM

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Anton/Frankel Center

20 South Main Street
Mount Clemens, MI 48043


Sherry Wynn Perdue, Ph.D.
(248) 370-3105

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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.

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.
Operations Coordinator
(248) 370-3473

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Education: B.A .in English and Writing/Rhetoric, M.A. in Liberal Studies
Specialties: Creative writing, Poetry, Research papers, Organization, Draft expansion

Ashley Cerku is the Operations Coordinator at the Oakland University Writing Center. A two-time OU alum, she has her sights set on working in the publishing field with the hopes of one day becoming an Editor and Novelist. She also likes to work with students and consultants to help create a more interactive writing environment at Oakland University.

Writing Consultants



Education: Pursuing BA in Secondary Education with English endorsement
Specialties: Grammar, Organization, Word Choice

Amber is currently studying to become a high school English teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, watching TV, and playing trivia games/solving puzzles. She likes snow and considers the winter her favorite time of year.


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Education: Pursuing BA in English and History Secondary Education

Annmarie is a senior at OU studying English and History Secondary Education. She believes education is one of the most valuable rights for a person to have and hopes to pursue her own higher education goals after undergrad. When Annmarie is not in class, you can find her participating in activism, reading, and cooking. She also enjoys traveling, hiking, and narrating her dog's every move. Annmarie once won 2nd place in her elementary school spelling bee; she was eliminated after incorrectly spelling "government."


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Info forthcoming.


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Education: Pursuing BA in English and Creative Writing

Caitlyn is a full-time student pursuing a double major in English and Creative Writing. When not in class, Caitlyn enjoys traveling or spending time with her cat, Leo. She hopes to become an editor or publisher after graduation and to one day teach English as a college professor.


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Education: Pursuing BA in English
Specialties: Literary Analysis, Sentence Structure

Chanel is a full-time student studying English. A senior, she is in her nineteenth year of life as a vampire. With her degree she intends to enter the field of editing and publishing and hopefully, somehow, help to improve literacy on a global scale. In her spare time you can find her reading, writing, or listening to Led Zeppelin while deciding where she’d like to travel next.


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Info forthcoming.


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Education: Pursuing BS in Health Science
Specialties: Rhetorical Analysis, Outlining, Career Documents

Jennifer is a senior from Troy, Michigan. Her favorite thing about writing is that you are able to convey anything and everything through it. Jennifer looks forward to learning with her fellow grizzlies at the Writing Center.


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Info forthcoming.


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Education: Pursuing a BA in English

Kaitlyn plans to enter the field of publishing or editing after graduation. When not in class, she enjoys spending her time on creative writing, drawing, and participating on the Quidditch team at Oakland.


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Education: Pursuing a BA in Studio Art-Painting
Specialties: Brainstorming, Organization, Word Choice

Kathryn, a junior, is pursuing a career in art therapy. On the weekends, she enjoys riding bikes in the park, walking her dog, essentially any way to spend time in nature. She loves painting, watching movies, reading, and listening to anything from Modest Mouse to Frank Sinatra or to what she describes as “Dad Rock.” Above all,  Kathryn  loves to help people and animals in any way she can!


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Education: Pursuing BA in Journalism and English, Minor in French Language
Specialties: Grammar, Brainstorming, Organization, AP Style

Katie, content editor of the Oakland Post, enjoys reading, writing, playing video games, and spending time with friends in her free moments. She loves her two cats and when horror movies have good endings. When she's not overwhelming herself in efforts to always accomplish something, she writes poetry. Katie aims to work in an online newspaper and intends to write a poetry book that impacts the world.


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Education: Pursuing MA in Counseling
Specialties: Drafting, Organization, Creative Writing

Lily is a graduate student who enjoys working with OU students in the Writing Center! When she finishes her program, she hopes to pursue a career in academic advising, so she can continue to help students find their passion(s) and be successful in their college careers. When she isn't at the Writing Center, you can find her snuggling with her dog Mason, watching Netflix, or pursuing her other passion of working with kids.


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Education: Pursuing BA in Public Relations and Strategic Communications

Megan, a senior who lives on campus, is pursuing a degree in Public Relations and Strategic Communications. In her free time she enjoys jamming out to Disney music, sharing bad puns, road tripping with friends, and hanging out with her two cats, Winnie and Felix. She loves photography, all things Disney, and leading in campus ministry with InterVarsity. She dreams of pursuing a future in ministry using the skills God has equipped her with while at OU.


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Info forthcoming.


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Education: BA in Writing and Rhetoric, Minor in Political Science
Specialties: Research Papers, Case Studies, First-year Writing, Brainstorming, Organization, Creative Writing, Professional Resumes, Cover Letters

Noah, a senior, is studying Writing and Rhetoric with a minor in Political Science. He aspires to either become a writing professor or work in editing or the legal field. When not at work, Noah loves reading, writing, and spending time with his closest friends. He hopes one day to write a  successful novel and see as much of the world as possible.


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Education: BS in Public Administration and Public Policy, Minor in Business, concentration Pre-Law; Certified Paralegal; Pursuing MA in Liberal Studies with focus on Social Science Research Design.

Specialties: Research Writing, Legal Writing, Proposals, Literature Reviews, Synthesis, APA Citation, Personal Statements, Resumes, and Cover Letters 

Red is a graduate student whose research focuses on water contamination and whose interests include history, travel, athletics, and gardening and other outdoor activities. Red is interested in research writing and loves working with clients on personal statements, presentations, and literature reviews. With an outgoing personality, Red enjoys participating in public speaking events, attending conferences, and meeting new people. 


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Education: Pursuing BA in Political Science

In addition to her work in the center, Rachael is a field reporter and producer for Oxford Community Television. She loves to challenge herself in and out of the classroom. In high school she completed the International Baccalaureate program, swam on Liquid Lightning and her high school team, and played violin for three orchestras. She also played the lead in her senior musical and volunteered at multiple organizations. Outside of school, Rachael enjoys keeping up with politics, singing along to Broadway soundtracks, and listening to her favorite classical music composers.


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Info forthcoming.

Reception Crew


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Education: Pursuing BA in Studio Art specializing in Drawing, minoring in Graphic Design and Art History

Hannah, a senior, is a section leader in the Golden Grizzles Athletic Band. Along with that, she is part of La Pittura, the art club on campus and plays the Clarinet in the Oakland Wind Symphony. Her hobbies are drawing, shopping, sleeping, and spending time with friends.


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Education: Pursuing BS in Biochemistry

Lauren is a member of the Honors College at Oakland University. She hopes to use her biochemistry degree to pursue a career in the design of topical medications or skin-care products. Lauren has been playing piano since she was 10 years old and enjoys listening to music, watching movies, writing, and hanging with her friends. After college, she plans on traveling and hopefully landing a job in a big city.


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Education: Pursuing BS in Pre-Professional Health Sciences

Rebecca is an international student from Kenya. She enjoys traveling, working out, and learning different languages.