Meet Our Staff


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.



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.


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.


Alyssa Knapik

Graduate Assistant

My name is Alyssa Knapik, Aly for short. I graduated from UMass in the Spring of 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Criticism, and I am currently workings towards a Master’s in Education with an initial license to teach middle school English and ESL. I work as a graduate assistant in the Writing and Reading Center, overseeing tutors and facilitating both staff and university workshops. Outside of my academic life, I also work at an Irish Pub and enjoy camping and going to see music with my friends and family.


WRC Tutors

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




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


Pronouns: She/her

Major: Computer Science

Year: Senior

Interests: Running/cats 

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: Science topics, technical communications


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


Pronouns: She/Her

Major: Nursing

Year: Junior

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

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: English, nursing 


Pronouns: She / her / hers
Major: English literature; writing minor; master of arts in teaching.
Year: Senior
Interests: Travel, sailing, writing, teaching, arts, dogs. 
Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: Rhetoric and composition, journalism, literature, history, political science. 



Pronouns: She/her 

Major: English - Writing, Rhetoric, and Communications 

Year: Junior 

Interests: My cat

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: General composition



Pronouns: He/him

Major: Psychology

Year: Senior

Interests: History, biking, movies, games

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


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 


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Major: Illustration

Year: Junior

Interests: Painting, hiking, Harry Potter, horror movies

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: Philosophy 


Pronouns: She/her

Major: English

Year: Junior

Interests: Reading and writing

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: English


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Major: Sociology, minor in Womens and Gender Studies

Year: Junior

Interests: Volunteering, food, reading

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: Sociology, WGS  


Pronouns: He/Him

Major: Bioengineering W/ Biochemistry minor

Year: Junior

Interests: Hiking, skiing, music

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


Pronouns: She/her

Majors: English, Spanish

Year: Junior

Interests: Reading, theater, music

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: English, grammar

Sarah M.

Pronouns: she/her
Major: history education
Year: sophomore
Interests: documentaries, swimming, studying
Tutoring specialties / Favorite Topics: history and education


Pronouns: She/her

Major: Sociology/anthropology

Year: Junior

Interests: Baseball

Tutoring Specialties/ Favorite Topics: Sociology 



Pronouns: She/her

Major: Biology

Year: Junior

Interests: Personality theory, philosophy

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: Structure, science, philosophy


Pronouns: He/him

Major: Sociology/Economics

Year: Senior

Interests: Social theory/commentary, politics, video games

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


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


Pronouns: They/them

Major: Sociology

Year: 2019

Interests: Video games



Pronouns: She/her

Major: Crime and Justice

Year: Senior

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


Major: English

Year: Freshman

Interests: Make-up, sleeping, writing


Pronouns: She/her

Major: Civil/environmental engineering

Year: 5 millionth year

Interests: Reading, baking, spending time with family