Meet Our Staff

WRC Professional Staff 

Elisabeth Buck, PhD

Faculty Director, Writing and Reading Center

Pronouns: She/her/hers

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 

Contact:

ebuck@umassd.edu

508-910-8284

Amy Parelman

Director, Writing and Reading Center

Pronouns: She/her/hers

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.

Contact:

aparelman@umassd.edu

508-910-6410

Joshua Botvin

Writing Assistant

Joshua has been a member of the UMass Dartmouth community for just shy of a decade. He received his Bachelor’s in Literature & Criticism as well as his Master’s in Professional Writing from UMass. He has taught writing at UMass Dartmouth for four years, both as a graduate student and member of the First Year English Program, and assists tutors in the Writing and Reading Center. His academic interests include rhetorical theory, political discourse, and film and pop cultural studies, and he enjoys running, writing, and reviewing movies in his spare time.

Contact:

jbotvin@umassd.edu

Susan Hagan

Writing Assistant

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, yogaask 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.

Contact:

shagan@umassd.edu

Rachel Wicks

Graduate Assistant

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. 

Contact:

rwicks1@umassd.edu

WRC Tutors

Note: Staff are able to choose the image that they want to represent them on this webpage (hence the variety!) 

Aakash

Pronouns: He/him

Program: Mechanical Engineering (Graduate)

Interests: Swimming, dancing, yoga

Tutoring Specialities/Favorite Topics: Engineering, science

Alexandra

Pronouns: She/her

Major: English: Writing, Rhetoric, and Communications

Year: Senior

Interests: Watching YouTube, petting dogs

Tutoring Specialities/Favorite Topics: resume writing, rhetoric and composition

Allison

Pronouns: She/her

Major: Computer Science

Year: Senior

Interests: Running/cats 

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: Science topics, technical communications 

Andrew

Pronouns: He/him

Program: Professional Writing (Graduate)

Interests: Snowboarding, basketball, film

Tutoring Specialities/Favorite Topics: English literature, professional writing

Anna 

Pronouns: She/her 

Majors: Psychology and Crime & Justice 

Year: Senior 

Interests: Reading, traveling, doing make-up, watching reality T.V.

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: Research papers, analyzing psychology statistics, thesis statements

Bri

Pronouns: She/her

Major: English Lit and Writing, Rhetoric, and Communications

Year: Senior

Interests: Photography, food, music, movies, travel

Tutoring Specialities/Favorite Topics: Literature, WGS, ELL

Carissa

Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Nursing

Year: Junior

Interests: Writing, playing with my puppies, working with children, skiing 

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: English, nursing 

Derek

Pronouns: He/him/his

Major: Economics

Year: Senior

Interests: art, anime, video games 

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: Analysis essays

Emma 

Pronouns: She/her 

Major: English - Writing, Rhetoric, and Communications 

Year: Junior 

Interests: My cat

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: General composition

Garrett

Pronouns: He/him

Majors: Crime and Justice Studies with minor in History

Year: Senior

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: Reseach, crime and justice, history

Luke

Pronouns: He/him

Majors: Sociology with Minor in Urban Studies

Year: Senior

Interests: Hiking/outdoors and music

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: Sociology, psychology, philosophy, literature 

Madison

Pronouns: Ask me if you see me. :) 

Program: English/Education (Graduate) 

Interests: Cooking, reading

Tutoring Specialities/Favorite Topics: Thesis statements, literary analysis, education coursework 

Matthew

Pronouns: He/him

Major: Psychology

Year: Senior

Interests: History, biking, movies, games

Tutoring Specialities/Favorite Topics: Psychology writing, sociology, writing, brainstorming 

Melissa

Pronouns: She/her

Major: Graphic design/textile design

Year: Junior

Interests: Drawing, playing guitar, hiking

Tutoring Specialities/Favorite Topics: Essay writing, art, developing a thesis statement, organization, MLA 

Michael

Pronouns: He/him

Major: Illustration

Year: Junior

Interests: Painting, hiking, Harry Potter, horror movies

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: Philosophy  

Nichole

Pronouns: She/her

Major: English 

Year: Senior

Interests: Writing poetry or fiction, dog training/sledding

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: English

Nina

Pronouns: She/her

Major: English

Year: Junior

Interests: Reading and writing

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: English

Pamela

Pronouns: She/her

Major: Sociology, minor in Womens and Gender Studies

Year: Junior

Interests: Volunteering, food, reading

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: Sociology, WGS  

Quinn

Pronouns: He/Him

Major: Bioengineering W/ Biochemistry minor

Year: Junior

Interests: Hiking, skiing, music

Tutoring specialties/Favorite topics: Technical writing, science, engineering, psychology

Rebecca

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Program: Clinical Psychology (Graduate) 

Interests: Music, reading, cooking, friends/family

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: Psychology, English, resumes

Sam

Pronouns: She/her

Majors: English, Spanish

Year: Junior

Interests: Reading, theater, music

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: English, grammar

Sarah F.

Pronouns: She/her

Major: English Literature

Year: Senior

Interests: Reading and writing

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: English, Sociology  

Sarah R. 

Pronouns: She/her

Major: Art Education

Year: Senior

Interests: Painting, welding, barefoot running, teaching

Tutoring Specialities/Favorite Topics: Art education, literature reviews, research papers. 

Shelby

Pronouns: She/her

Major: Sociology/anthropology

Year: Junior

Interests: Baseball

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: Sociology  

Tristin 

Pronouns: She/her

Major: Psychology

Year: Senior

Interests: Hiking, buffalo wings

Tutoring Specialities/Favorite Topics: Psychology, executive functioning skills

Tyler

Pronouns: He/him

Major: History

Year: Senior

Interests: History, philosophy, video games, movies, all kinds of stuff

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: Research papers, bibliographies

Victoria

 

Pronouns: She/her

Major: Biology

Year: Junior

Interests: Personality theory, philosophy

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: Structure, science, philosophy

Zack

Pronouns: He/him

Major: Sociology/Economics

Year: Senior

Interests: Social theory/commentary, politics, video games

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: Sociology, writing, descriptive writing 

First-Year English Fellow

The FYE fellow has specific expertise/training in working with writers enrolled in ENL 100, 101, 102 and BRF 107.

Chelsea

Pronouns: She/her

Major: English Literature and Political Science

Year: Senior

Interests:Literature, politics/government, traveling

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: FYE, literature, WGS

 

WRC Receptionists

Charlie

Pronouns: They/them

Major: Sociology

Year: 2019

Interests: Video games

Erica

Major:Nursing

Year: Senior

Interests: Fitness, food, movies, TV shows

Erin

Pronouns: She/her

Major: Crime and Justice

Year: Senior

Interests: Reading, listening to music, riding bicycles, cooking

Gerald

Pronouns: He/him

Major: Computer science

Year: Senior

Interests: Video games, exercising, basketball, soccer

Makayla

Major: English

Year: Freshman

Interests: Make-up, sleeping, writing

Rebekah

Pronouns: She/her

Major: Civil/environmental engineering

Year: 5 millionth year

Interests: Reading, baking, spending time with family

 

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