Professional and Continuing Education

Pawley Hall, Room 440G
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3177


PACE supports the Oakland University outreach mission. Using the expertise of OU Faculty, PACE partners with businesses to provide professional development coursework, workshops, and seminars for their employees. Similarly, PACE interfaces with both OU Faculty and organizations to provide community enrichment programs. You will find specific examples of our partner businesses and organizations highlighted below.

Older Persons' Commission

Oakland University and the Older Persons' Commission presents a series of lectures each semester on a wide range of topics. Lectures are taught by Oakland faculty and include areas of interest ranging from the latest research findings to the arts and popular culture. Lectures are open to the public! Call the OPC's ticket office at 248-608-0251 for more information.

2018 Lectures:

March 7th, 2018 3:00-4:30PM
David Kidger
Associate Professor of Musicology
Topic: Beethoven 

March 14th, 2018 3:00-4:30PM
Jon Carroll
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Topic: Oakland Archaeology in the 21st Century 

April 12th, 2018 3:00-4:30PM
Chris Wilson
Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences
Topic: Exercise: The Best Medicine for Any Health Level

May 30th, 2018 3:00-4:30PM
Suzanne Spencer-Wood
Professor of Anthropology
Topic: Local Archaeology of Historic Sites

OU's Business Accelerators
Oakland University's PACE program also reaches the community and builds impactful relationships via the entrepreneurial businesses supported via  OU INC  and MACOMB INCubator.

Corporate Partners
Companies that PACE has worked with in the past include:
  • Merrill Lynch
  • UBS
  • Children's Hospital
  • Crittenton Hospital
  • China Bridge
  • Daimler Chrysler
  • Pontiac General Hospital
  • Oakland Schools
  • Oakland Press
  • Twenty First Century Media
  • SL America 
  • General Motors
  • St. Joseph Mercy Hospitals
  • Macomb, Wayne and Oakland Counties
  • SAIC, U.S.A
  • Yanfeng U.S.A.
  • ABB
  • Digital First Media

Smart Towns

Smart Towns is a community lifelong learning program led by educational organizations in Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township, Michigan. The Smart Towns ‘partners’ work together to provide a unique series of programs exploring one theme for one year. Presentations, which are free and open to the public, are given by experts who explore the theme in different ways.

The Smart Towns programs are offered from January - November at all partner locations: Ascension Crittenton Hospital, Meadow Brook Hall, Oakland University, Rochester College, Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, and Rochester Hills Public Library. Visit the Smart Towns website for information on all upcoming lectures: 

2018 Oakland University Smart Towns Lectures

March 15th, 6:00-7:00PM
Location: Older Persons’ Commission (OPC)
Dave Dulio
Professor and Chair, Political Science
Lecture Title: Donald Trump in 2016 as a Change Election and How Change Might Continue in 2018