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Elisabeth Buck, PhD

Assistant Professor / Director, Multiliteracy & Communication Center

English & Communication

Curriculum Vitae


Liberal Arts 325


2016Ball State UniversityPhD
2012University of Nevada, RenoMA
2010Loyola Marymount UniversityBA


  • Writing/Multiliteracy Center Theory and Practice
  • Public Relations/Professional Writing
  • Digital and Social Media
  • First-Year English
  • Community Engaged Writing





Theories and dynamics of writing consultation and course-based tutoring. Readings theorize the writing process, conflicting ideas about writing itself, as well as writing center history, theory, and practice. The course is highly interactive, calling on students to use readings as the grounding for the critical examination of writing consultant practices, as well as the co-construction of classroom discussions and activities. Field work (one hour per week) as a writing consultant is required.

Exploration of the intersections of multimodal writing theory and practice. Students produce and analyze multimodal texts - documents that variously employ writing, images, audio, and video, often in combination. Students will use and critically examine a variety of digital capture and editing technologies. No previous technology experience required; all necessary skills will be taught.


Online and Continuing Education Courses

Development of a comprehensive understanding of the principles and purposes of public relations. This writing-intensive course explores rhetorical strategies used by individuals, agencies, corporations, and governments to reach intended audiences. Students gain experience in public speaking and writing press releases, brochures, speeches, and audio-visual press releases.
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Research Interests

  • Writing Center/Writing Program Administration
  • Digital Literacies
  • Writing for Social Justice
  • Rhetoric(s) of Popular Culture

Select publications

Buck, Elisabeth H. (2019).
“From CRLA to For-Credit Course: The New Director’s Guide to Assessing Tutor Education.”
WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship

Buck, Elisabeth H. (2017).
Open-Access, Multimodality, and Writing Center Studies (monograph)

Elisabeth H. Buck (2015).
"Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter—Oh My!: Assessing the Efficacy of the Rhetorical Composing Situation with FYC Students as Advanced Social Media Practitioners."
Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 19.3

Dr. Buck received her PhD in English, Rhetoric and Writing from Ball State University. She is the author of Open-Access, Multimodality, and Writing Center Studies, a work nominated for the 2018 International Writing Center Association's Outstanding Book Award. Her research has also recently been published in The Peer Review, Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, andKairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Dr. Buck sees both her scholarly and pedagogical interests manifest in her role as Founding Director of the Multiliteracy & Communication Center, a tutoring center that helps all UMassD students grow as independent and confident communicators—on the written page and across a variety of current and emerging platforms and technologies.

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