Meet our Staff
Director, Writing & Multiliteracy Center
Dr. Elisabeth H. Buck is an Associate Professor of English & Communication and the Founding Director of UMass Dartmouth's Writing & Multiliteracy Center. Dr. Buck has worked in writing centers for over a decade, starting first as an undergraduate tutor at Loyola Marymount University before serving as a graduate assistant director for the writing centers at both the University of Nevada, Reno and Ball State University. Dr. Buck is the author of Open-Access, Multimodality, and Writing Center Studies (Palgrave, 2018) a work nominated for the International Writing Center Association's Outstanding Book Award. Dr. Buck also teaches writing and communication classes in the department of English & Communication, including the tutor-training course, English 359: Tutoring Writing. Dr. Buck's favorite part about directing the WMC is getting to meet so many talented students (especially the amazing tutoring staff!) and having the opportunity to see them grow as confident communicators and collaborators.
Assistant Director, Writing & Multiliteracy Center
Joshua Botvin is a Teaching Professor of English & Communication, the Assistant Director of the Writing & Multiliteracy Center, and the Faculty Coordinator for Peer Assisted Learning at UMass Dartmouth. He began his work in writing centers in 2017 as a Writing Assistant in the University’s Writing & Reading Center. Josh is local to the region and a graduate of UMD, receiving both his Bachelors in English Literature & Criticism as well as his Masters in Professional Writing from the University. Josh conducts research in pop cultural studies, classroom accessibility and engagement, labor equity, and writing center development. He teaches in the First Year English Program as well as classes in Business and Technical Communication. Josh is driven by the meaningful connections he makes with students, tutors, and peers, and hopes to positively impact those around him in the UMD community.
2023-2024 WMC Tutoring Staff
Alex is a senior political science major and Honors College student at UMass Dartmouth. He enjoys helping others write to the best of their ability and hopes to make them confident in and proud of their work.
Ally is a junior majoring in CJS and minoring in Philosophy. She is happy to work with students across all disciplines and enjoys learning something new from her tutees. She loves to read mystery/thriller novels and is always looking for a good book recommendation. Come stop by the WMC and visit!!!!
Brooke is a transfer student from Cape Cod Community College. She is an English major with two minors in photography, and women’s and gender studies. Brooke was a tutor for several subjects at her previous college and is happy to assist anyone with any kind of writing assignments, brainstorming, motivation, and studying strategies across disciplines.
Danny is a Junior undergraduate student majoring in Political Science, and a student in the UMassD Honors College. He enjoys discussing and researching topics related to domestic and international politics, law, and criminal justice. Outside of school, he really likes to play video games, visit antique shops, and play with his cat named Gomey! Danny is looking forward to assisting students of all disciplines, but specifically enjoys working with assignments related to English, History, or Politics!
Delaney is a senior with a double major in sociology and history as well as a minor in religious studies. They are from Norton, MA and have always had a passion for reading, writing, and especially helping people feel confident in their abilities. They are very much looking forward to helping everyone who comes to the center feel supported and accepted on their educational journey.
Eli is a senior here at UMass Dartmouth and a Political Science major. He is from Western Connecticut. Although he is comfortable tutoring most aspects of writing, he particularly loves to write about informational and political topics. He is excited to help anyone who books a session!
Haleigh is a senior at UMass Dartmouth majoring in Biology. She is a transfer student and previously studied veterinary health care. She especially enjoys helping with biology related assignments, but feels comfortable assisting with material that is outside of her major. This will be Haleigh’s fourth semester of tutoring at the WMC!
Isaiah is an undergraduate senior majoring in Communications and minoring in Animation. He enjoys going over literary analysis and creative writing pieces, as well as assisting his peers with general structural organization, whether that be with regard to papers, presentations, or other mediums. He is open to students from all disciplines, and he hopes to empower those who visit the WMC to feel like they have the ability to develop the skill of being able to write well (because they do!)
Kait (any pronouns)
Kait is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Political Science with an Urban Studies Minor. They are from New Bedford, Massachusetts and have always had a passion for reading, writing, and studying politics. This will be Kait’s 4th semester as a tutor at the WMC and they look forward to assisting anyone at the center!
Kaitlyn is currently a junior undergraduate student attending UMass Dartmouth and is from Acushnet, MA. She is currently majoring in Sociology & Anthropology with a minor in Aging and Health. However, she also majored in Political Science during her freshman year. Therefore, she is open to working with students from those specific majors, but is also available to work with anyone from any major and any course. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, going on coffee runs, and spending time outdoors.
Kamryn is a senior English Literature and Criticism major with a minor in Communications. She enjoys the writing process and is happy to help with any assignment, but her own academic studies are focused in literary topics, analysis, and research.
Kinu is currently a Sophomore undergraduate student majoring in Political Science with minors in Economics and Legal Studies, however she is happy to work with students across all disciplines. She is particularly interested in working on written assignments such as political and historical analysis, research papers, and argumentative papers. She has also previously tutored for political science classes. Additionally, she is happy to work with students on skills such as organization, public speaking, gathering evidence, and how to properly format papers in a variety of ways.
Michelle is currently a senior from Taunton, MA and majoring in Political Science with a Pre-Law concentration. In October of 2022 she published an Opinion Piece that she wrote about topics within Political Science in a local newspaper and is more than happy to help anyone with other Opinion Pieces or similar works. As of right now, she is looking to explore potential minors. She loves to write and is looking forward to working with new people this semester.
Queyka (she/her) is in her fourth year of nursing school. In March 2021, she won first place in the Margaret Mullaney Panos Essay Contest. She enjoys reading and writing poetry. She is excited to return as a tutor to the Writing and Multiliteracy Center.
Ray A. (they/them)
Ray is a junior undergrad student from Portsmouth, RI. They are majoring in Art History and minoring Business Administration. Ray is particularly interested in assignments related to the arts, and they are happy to help anyone that comes to the center!
Ray D. (he/him)
Ray is from Warwick, Rhode Island, and is majoring in English and Communication, on the BA-MAT Track. He is happy to work with students in all disciplines; however, he is particularly interested in working with assignments in Education, First-Year English, Journalism, Research Papers, Resume Writing, and Oral Presentations. Ray enjoys spending a significant amount of time outdoors camping, hiking, and sightseeing during his free time.
Tam is a senior majoring in Literature with a minor in Writing, Rhetoric, and Communications. He is from New Bedford, MA and is interested in pursuing a career in education. He is comfortable assisting with any and all assignments but is particularly comfortable assisting with First-Year English assignments, argumentative essays of all varieties, literary analyses, and research papers.
Winston is a senior undergraduate, majoring in Psychology and seeking a minor in Philosophy. He transferred to UMass from BCC, and is a lifelong resident of Dartmouth itself. With interests ranging from the hence noted areas of study, to History, Politics, and some sciences. Above all, the art of words is his favorite playground but he’s happy to help with pretty much anything.
Alex, Brooke, Delaney, Eli, Haleigh, Kait, Kaitlyn, Queyka, Ray D., Tam, and Winston