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.

Contact:

aparelman@umassd.edu

508-910-6410

Susan Hagan

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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

Alyssa Knapik

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Graduate Assistant

Aly graduated from UMass Dartmouth in the Spring of 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Criticism, and is currently working towards a Master’s in Education with an initial license to teach middle school English and ESL. She works as a graduate assistant in the Writing and Reading Center, overseeing tutors and facilitating both staff and university workshops. Outside of her academic life, she also works at an Irish Pub and enjoys camping and going to see music with her friends and family.

Contact:

aknapik@umassd.edu 

 

WRC Tutors

Charlie

Pronouns: They/them

Major: Sociology

Year: 2019

Interests: Video games

Christina

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Pronouns: She/her
 
Major: English Literature, Writing minor (Master of Arts in Teaching)
 
Year: Senior
 
Interests: Travel, sailing, writing, teaching, arts, and dogs
 
Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: Rhetoric and composition, journalism, literature, history, and political science 

Emma 

Pronouns: She/her 

Major: English (Writing, Rhetoric, and Communications), Sustainability minor 

Year: Junior 

Interests: My cat, Crookshanks

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: General composition

Matthew

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Pronouns: He/him

Major: Psychology

Year: Senior

Interests: History, biking, movies, and games

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

Melissa

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Pronouns: She/her

Major: Graphic Design/Textile Design

Year: Junior

Interests: Drawing, playing guitar, hiking, writing, and traveling

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, and horror movies

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: Philosophy 

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 Women's and Gender Studies

Year: Senior

Interests: Volunteering, food, and reading

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: Sociology and WGS  

 

Sam

Pronouns: She/her

Majors: English and Spanish

Year: Senior

Interests: Reading, theater, and music

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: English and grammar

Sarah M.

Pronouns: She/her
 
Major: History Education
 
Year: Sophomore
 
Interests: Documentaries, swimming, and studying
 
Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: History and education

Shelby

Pronouns: She/her

Major: Sociology/Anthropology

Year: Junior

Interests: Baseball

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: Sociology 

Victoria

 

Pronouns: She/her

Major: Biology

Year: Senior

Interests: Personality theory and philosophy

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: Structure, science, and philosophy

Zack

Pronouns: He/him

Major: Sociology/Economics

Year: Senior

Interests: Social theory/commentary, politics, and video games

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: Sociology and descriptive writing

Chelsea

Pronouns: She/her

Major: English Literature and Political Science

Year: Senior

Interests: Literature, politics/government, and traveling

Tutoring Specialties/Favorite Topics: FYE, literature, and WGS

WRC Receptionists

Charlie

Pronouns: They/them

Major: Sociology

Year: 2019

Interests: Video games

Makayla

Pronouns: She/her

Major: English

Year: Sophomore

Interests: Makeup, sleeping, and writing

Rebekah

Pronouns: She/her

Major: Civil/Environmental Engineering

Year: 5 millionth year

Interests: Reading, baking, and spending time with family

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