Meet Our Staff

WRC Professional Staff 

Elisabeth H. Buck WRC picture

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: 



Amy Parelman

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 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.



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. 


WRC Tutors


Pronouns: She/her

Major: English: Writing, Rhetoric, and Communications

Year: Senior

Interests: Watching YouTube, petting dogs

Tutoring Specialities/Favorite Topics: resume writing, rhetorical analysis


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Major: Computer Science

Year: Junior

Interests: Running 

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: Science Topics, Technical Communications 


Pronouns: She/her 

Majors: Psychology and Crime & Justice 

Year: Senior 

Interests: Reading, traveling 

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: Research 


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Major: Nursing

Year: Junior

Interests: Writing, Playing With My Puppies, Working with Children, Skiing 

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: English, Nursing 


Pronouns: She/her

Major: Biology w/Minor in Biochemistry

Year: Junior/ 2018

Interests: Reading, Writing, Watching YouTube Videos 

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: Lab Reports/ APA


Pronouns: He/him

Major: Economics

Year: Senior

Interests: art, anime, video games 

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: essays, thesis statements 


Pronouns: She/her 

Major: English - Writing, Rhetoric, and Communications 

Year: Junior 

Interests: Reading, film, foreign languages, history, geography 

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: English composition and formatting 


Pronouns: She/her

Major: Electrical Engineering

Year: Senior

Interests: Sailing, baking 

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: History, Literature, Resumes, Theses, Personal Statements  

Sarah F.

Pronouns: She/her

Major: English Literature

Year: Junior

Interests: Reading, music 

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: English, Education, 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. 


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Major: Biology

Year: Senior

Interests: playing sports, tutoring in all subjects 

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: organization of ideas


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Major: Psychology


Interests: Hiking, surfing, reading

Tutoring Specialities/Favorite Topics: Psychology


Pronouns: She/her

Major: Biology

Year: Junior

Interests: Philosophy, psychology

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: Brainstorming, outlining. 

WRC Receptionists


Pronouns: She/her

Major: Crime and Justice

Year: Senior

Interests: Reading, film, hiking