The Writing Center

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

Winter 2021 Hours
Mon-Thurs 9:00 AM-9:00 PM; Fri 9:00 AM-5PM; Sun variable, all via

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: BA in Psychology, Pursuing MA in Counseling

Specialties: Word Choice, APA Style, Research Writing

Ashley received her BA from Oakland University in 2017, but decided she had not had enough of what Oakland had to offer and came back for her Master's degree that same year. On top of the writing center, she also currently works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Honors College and is actively involved in research on campus. After receiving her counseling degree, she is considering getting her PhD in Counseling as well. Ashley likes to play and watch a variety of sports, is an avid reader, and enjoys spending time with her husband and family in Petoskey in her free time.


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Education: Pursuing BA in Graphic Design, Minor in Writing and Rhetoric

Carrie is a third year student at Oakland.  She would love to write and illustrate her own books one day.  Outside of school, she enjoys drawing, graphic design, shopping, and taking naps. 


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Education: Earned a BA in English and Creative Writing. Pursuing an MA in English.

When not consuming literature, 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 a BA in Elementary Education with a certification to teach Language Arts for grades K-8.

Caralyn enjoys reading mysteries and exploring new places. She loves making connections with people and hopes to become more involved with writing projects for Oakland University. 



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

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 International Relations
Specialties: APA and Chicago Style, Organization, Grammar, Word Choice
Rachael is a junior 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, spending time with her dog, and running.


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

Victoria is a graduate 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 family, participating in outdoor activities, and traveling the world.

Reception Crew


Education: BA in Writing and Rhetoric with a minor in English

Isaiah's passion is the English language. He lives to see the world and seeks to serve others in a compassionate manner.


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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.