Writing Tutoring

Meet the ARC Graduate Writing Consultants

Our current and past Graduate Writing Consultants win awards for their contributions to learning at Tufts!

Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education (awarded by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)

  • Sara Hasselbach (2014)
  • Nealia House (2013)
  • Megan Stahl (2013)
  • Adam Spellmire (2012)

Outstanding Graduate Student Contribution to Undergraduate Studies (awarded by the Graduate Student Council)

  • Diego Millan (2014)
  • Casey Diederich (2013)

The Robert P. Guertin Graduate Student Leadership Award

  • Nicole Flynn (2011) -- This award was given for Nicole's creation of the Graduate Writing Retreat and other ARC graduate writing offerings!


Jen Agans is a Ph.D. student in Child Development. She has a B.A. in Psychology, with minors in History and Education from Macalester College, and an M.A. in Child Development from Tufts. Jen's research focuses on the role of participation in sports and other organized movement activities in positive youth development, and she also works with youth as a circus coach. As a tutor, she is looking forward to helping fellow students express their ideas in a wide variety of writing projects.

Patsy Bailin is a first year student at the Fletcher School. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Wellesley College, where she worked as a writing tutor for three years. Patsy is happy to help students in any field and particularly enjoys assisting in the early stages of the writing process.  


Molly Barker is pursuing her master of science in Occupational Therapy. She received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from McDaniel College, where she worked as a psychology department writing fellow. While she has the most experience in assisting students with social science papers and projects, she enjoys all aspects of the writing process and is eager to help students with a variety of assignments. 


Nick Bayhi is an MS candidate in the Biomedical Engineering department. Nick did his undergraduate work here at Tufts as well, where he was a Writing Fellow for 3 years. He has experience tutoring in many different disciplines, including community health, engineering, and political science, and loves working with writers in a variety of fields. He is an active member of the Tufts Tae Kwon Do team, likes to cook, loves to eat, and thinks science is magical. He views every document as a story, and uses structure and flow to ensure that story gets across clearly and makes an impact.

Casey Diederich is a 4th year PhD candidate in the Biology Department. He received his B.S. in Biology and Philosophy at Boston College and his M.S. in Biology from SUNY at Buffalo. He has been a T.A. for classes ranging from Biochemistry to Ecology and mentored students seeking help with lab reports, personal statements, research manuscripts, and other scientific writing. He enjoys helping students make clear, concise arguments while keeping their writing interesting and looks forward to working with students from any academic discipline.

Caroline Gelmi is a PhD candidate in the English Department and an instructor in the First Year Writing Program here at Tufts. Her fields of study include 20th century American Literature and Literary Theory. As a tutor, she is interested in working with students on a variety of projects, including class assignments, senior theses, and personal statements.

Gülfer Göze is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Tufts. She has been an Instructor in the First Year Writing Program for the past four years. She holds a BA and an MA in English Literature from Bogazici University, Istanbul where she taught expository writing to ESL students. Her academic interests include Women's studies, Post Colonial Literature, Transatlantic studies, and History of the Book. Gülfer is looking forward to working with students from all backgrounds in all stages of writing.

Sara Hasselbach is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department, where she studies devotional poetry of the English Renaissance. She has been a TA for literature courses and currently teaches English I and II in the First-Year Writing Program. From outlining and drafting to final editing, she enjoys working with students on all stages of the writing process.

Jenny Howe is a Ph.D. candidate in the English department at Tufts. She has taught literature and composition and rhetoric courses at Tufts, Boston College, and Stonehill College. She studies medieval literature with a focus on monstrosity and gender. As a tutor, Jenny specializes in writing anxiety, procrastination, and writer's block. She also serves as the coordinator of the Graduate Writing Program. 

Derrick Huang is a first-year master’s student in occupational therapy. He received his B.A. in psychology from Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he also was an undergraduate writing consultant in the English department. Prior to entering graduate school, he served as an editorial associate at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.


Nishanth Krishnamurthy is a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering. He has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on Imaging and Instrumentation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He is originally from Acton, MA a small suburb off Rte. 2. Nishanth’s research focuses on developing new imaging technologies to study breast cancer. As a tutor, he enjoys reading personal statements and helping students find creative ways to express who they are on paper. Nishanth also enjoys a great deal of video games, as well as biking, ultimate Frisbee, and football.

Emily Lewis is a fourth year PhD student in the Department of Chemistry.  She received her BS and MS degrees from Northeastern University in 2009.  Throughout her academic career, Emily has written and co-authored a number of published scientific papers, and she has experience writing theses, grant proposals, and various academic requirements.  Since 2010 she has served as the writing consultant for her research laboratory and has recently become a graduate student writer for the Materials Research Society’s Materials360 News.  Although she has a scientific background, Emily looks forward to helping in all subjects and particularly enjoys developing ideas for proposals, theses, and academic assignments.

Matthew McMahan is a Phd student in the Department of Drama and Dance, and has an MFA in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University. He has taught courses in rhetoric, screenwriting, and theatre. He has also worked as a dramaturg, helping playwrights and directors, in Indianapolis, Boston and New York. He is interested in collaborating with students at every stage of the writing process structure their arguments, find their "voice," and utilize tools of persuasion. 

Amy Meyer is a Ph.D. student in Drama.  She received her B.A. in theatre and English from Connecticut College.  Amy was a writing tutor for three years at CC, where she worked with peers in all disciplines on writing for classes, applications, and theses.  She likes to think of writing as a tool for critical thinking, and enjoys collaborating with students at every stage of the writing process.


Diego Millan is a PhD candidate in the Department of English, where he has taught both English I and English II as well as been a TA for other English courses. His academic interests include American and contemporary World Literatures with a particular focus on questions of race. Diego is interested in working with students at all levels and stages of the writing process on academic papers, cover letters, and personal statements. Fluent in both Spanish and English, Diego is also interested in working with non-native English speakers.


Luke Mueller is a Ph.D. student in English Literature and a TA in the English department at Tufts. His research interests include 20th century literature, modernism, and deception. He has a B.A. in English from UMass Amherst, and an M.S. in library science from Drexel University. He worked as an economics librarian and cataloger before returning to graduate school. He enjoys tutoring students at all stages of the writing process, from beginning research to editing and last-minute adjustments.


James Mulder is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department, where he specializes in Renaissance drama and psychoanalysis. His other academic interests include activism within the academy, transatlantic studies, gender studies, and intersectionality. He holds a Masters in English from Tufts and a BA in Literature from American University. He has experience tutoring writing, math, and French at the college level, and he has been an instructor in the First Year Writing Program at Tufts since 2011. He looks forward to working with students at all stages of the writing process. 

Jackie O’Dell is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Tufts, where she has been an instructor and TA since 2008. She studies contemporary American literature, culture and new media, as well as the history of reading. Jackie enjoys helping students in all stages of their writing projects.

Barbara Orton is a PhD candidate in English at Tufts, specializing in eighteenth-century British literature, and a writing program assistant and academic integrity specialist at the ARC. She earned her BA in English and her MFA in creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis. Before returning to school, she worked for several years as a freelance editor. In addition to addressing other concerns, she is always glad to help students with questions about using and citing sources in academic writing.

Jessica Pfeffer is a PhD student at Tufts in the English Department. Her research interests are Renaissance literature and queer theory. Before coming to Tufts, she received her MA in English and American Literature at NYU and studied chemistry and English at the University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate. Because of her background in science, math, and English, Jess is looking forward to working with students whose assignments range from literary analysis to lab reports. 


Amna Qayyum is a PhD candidate and Teaching Assistant in the History Department at Tufts. She received her BA in Economics and History from Connecticut College. Before coming to Tufts she worked as an Educational Adviser at the Fulbright Commission in Pakistan. Amna enjoys working with students in all stages of the writing process.


Emma Schneider is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Tufts. She received her BA in English and French from Oberlin College where she worked in the student writing center. Between undergrad and grad school, Emma taught 10th graders at a charter school in Roxbury. Emma's academic interests include environmental, 19th century, and children's literature. She enjoys interacting with people in all stages of the writing process.

Mareike Stanitzke is a PhD candidate in the English Department and First Year Writing Instructor at Tufts. She received her BA at Earlham College and her Masters here at Tufts. Her academic interests include 20th century transatlantic and world literature, literary and critical theory. As an international student and former NCAA Division III athlete, Mareike is looking forward to working with ESL students and college athletes, as well as helping students on a variety of academic projects.

Katie Swimm is a PhD Student in the Drama Department at Tufts.  She received a BFA in Theatre Performance from Niagara University, and a MA in Literature from Northwestern University. Her research interests include Victorian women and the performance of insanity, religion as performance, and musical theatre. Prior to her matriculation at Tufts, Katie was an actor and theatre manager in Chicago. She is interested in working with writers at all levels on academic papers, personal statements and cover letters, as well as working on public speaking projects.


Rebecca Tapscott is a PhD student in international development at Tufts’ Fletcher School. She received her BSFS from Georgetown University. Academically, Rebecca has background in international politics, human rights, and gender issues, with a regional focus on West Africa.  She is excited to work with writers at all stages of the writing process. She is particularly interested in argument construction and paper organization.

Oliver Traldi is a master's student in philosophy. He received his bachelor's degree in classics in 2008 from Bard College, where he worked as a Writing Fellow in the Academic Resources Center and wrote a senior thesis on Euripides. Before coming to Tufts, Oliver tutored standardized tests and spent a year in law school.




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