WRC Professional Staff
Elisabeth Buck, PhD
Faculty Director, Writing and Reading Center
In addition to working as the Faculty Director of the Writing and Reading Center, Dr. Buck is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of English. She facilitates Tutoring Writing, the training course for new tutors and also teaches several other classes within the writing, rhetoric, and comminication emphasis. Dr. Buck has been working in writing centers since 2008, as an undergraduate tutor, graduate tutor, and administrator. She's delighted to bring her enthusiasm for writing centers to U Mass Dartmouth. More information about Dr. Buck can be found on her personal website: https://elisabethbuck.net
Director, Writing and Reading Center
Through her WRC work, Amy tries to be a catalyst for student peers giving voice to one another and shaping their collective future, an enterprise filled with much humility, awe and laughter. Her interests include writing across the curriculum/writing to learn, ESOL, developmental reading, identities in the WRC, political literacy and equity. Outside the WRC she enjoys organic gardening; traveling, both through reading and on foot; contributing to social and environmental activism; and loving her children, Grace and Will, and her husband Dave.
It has been Amy’s great honor to have served as director of the WRC since 1993. She received her B.A. in English and History from Tufts University and an M.A. in Literature and the Teaching of Writing from Brown University, along with supplemental TESOL coursework completed at UMass Boston. She has worked as an Editorial Assistant and Interim Managing Editor in the Trade Department at Houghton Mifflin Publishers in Boston, MA; a TESOL instructor in Cuenca, Ecuador and the UMD Colombia Teacher’s Program; a part-time ranger on Coskata-Coatue conservation land; and an instructor for UMD’s First Year English writing, reading, ESOL and Tutoring/Fellowing in Writing courses as well as for oral/written communication courses in the region.
Susan has taught first-year English at UMass Dartmouth for fourteen years and brings this specialized knowledge to her work supporting tutors at the WRC. Susan enjoys writing, gardening, meditation, yoga—ask her about these subjects or her son and you're sure to see her light up with enthusiasm! In addition to her work in the English Department and the WRC, Susan teaches in the Clemente Course in the Humanities and is the Online Tutoring Coordinator for the tutoring centers on campus.
Having previously graduated with two undergraduate English degrees in Literature & Criticism and Writing, Rhetoric, & Communications, Rachel now continues her UMass Dartmouth education as a graduate student in the Professional Writing Program. She is the graduate assistant in the Writing & Reading Center and helps to train tutors, teach university workshops, provide tutoring assistance to graduate students, and ensure the general wellbeing of the center. She is also a dedicated creative writer, an avid Pokémon Go fan, and a firm believer in the Oxford comma.
Major: English: Writing, Rhetoric, and Communications
Interests: Watching YouTube, petting dogs
Tutoring Specialities/Favorite Topics: resume writing, rhetorical analysis
Major: Computer Science
Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: Science Topics, Technical Communications
Majors: Psychology and Crime & Justice
Interests: Reading, traveling
Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: Research
Interests: Writing, Playing With My Puppies, Working with Children, Skiing
Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: English, Nursing
Major: Biology w/Minor in Biochemistry
Year: Junior/ 2018
Interests: Reading, Writing, Watching YouTube Videos
Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: Lab Reports/ APA
Interests: art, anime, video games
Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: essays, thesis statements
Major: English - Writing, Rhetoric, and Communications
Interests: Reading, film, foreign languages, history, geography
Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: English composition and formatting
Major: Electrical Engineering
Interests: Sailing, baking
Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: History, Literature, Resumes, Theses, Personal Statements
Major: English Literature
Interests: Reading, music
Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: English, Education, Sociology
Major: Art Education
Interests: Painting, welding, barefoot running, teaching
Tutoring Specialities/Favorite Topics: Art education, literature reviews, research papers.
Interests: playing sports, tutoring in all subjects
Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: organization of ideas
Interests: Hiking, surfing, reading
Tutoring Specialities/Favorite Topics: Psychology
Interests: Philosophy, psychology
Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: Brainstorming, outlining.
Major: Crime and Justice
Interests: Reading, film, hiking