Meet Our Staff

Kristina Aikens

Interim Director, Academic Resource Center
Director, Writing Support Programs

Kristina Aikens received her PhD in English from Tufts, during which time she taught English 1 and 2 and tutored as a graduate writing consultant. She has also tutored and taught classes in academic and creative writing at several local colleges. She co-directs the Boston Area Writing Center Directors group and has presented workshops at the International Writing Center Association conference, the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, and the Boston Rhetoric and Writing Network Summer Institute. Her publications include “Writing Tutor Development Through Peer Mentoring” for Academic Exchange Quarterly, which was republished in a Sound Instruction book on Writing Center Theory and Practice. Kristina loves working with the writing fellows and consultants to help them reach their goals and potential as educators.

Photo of Claire WeigandClaire Weigand

Assistant Director, Academic Resource Center
Time Management & Study Strategies Consulting Program

Claire Weigand is a triple Jumbo. She started at Tufts as an undergrad in the Dual Degree Program with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts majoring in fine art and in biology. She returned for the Applied Master's Program in Child Development, and now works for Tufts University in the ARC. She loves using both sides of her brain at work and in play. She also cares about fostering a culture of life balance at Tufts. In fact, you probably could use a short break right now to refresh and refocus. Perhaps a few deep breaths, or a stretch, or short walk?  

Luz Rodriguez

Program Specialist for English Language Support
Luz Rodriguez has extensive experience in the field of second language education, in both administrative and teaching roles. She holds an Ed.M. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and a Ph.D. in Foreign and Second Language Education, both degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Rodriguez has worked in different higher education institutions abroad and in the USA and has presented at regional, national, and international conferences on a variety of second language learning and teaching topics.

In the New England area, she has worked with international undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Rhode Island, Northeastern University, Boston University, and Harvard University, where she received several Excellence in Teaching Awards. She has taught a plethora of content-based and integrated-skills courses, (in credit and non-credit language programs) with a particular emphasis on teaching English for academic purposes. Dr. Rodriguez has experience working with students at different levels of language proficiency and the courses taught covered all skills in English (e.g., courses on pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading, vocabulary, writing and composition, grammar, American academic culture, and public speaking, among others). As Director of English Language Studies at the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Rodriguez developed curricula in oral communication and related topics for international teaching assistants, oversaw tutoring for ESL students, and assessed students’ needs in order to develop new workshops and other programming.

Her main interests in the field of English as a Second Language include program administration, curriculum development, and assessment. In her new role at Tufts University, she looks forward to developing a robust and comprehensive language support program to help non-native speakers of English at Tufts University in their academic success.

Katie SwimmKatherine Swimm

Manager, Tutoring Programs
Alongside her current position, Katherine is a PhD Candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at Tufts, where she is writing her dissertation on representations of mental illness in the broader context of nineteenth-century medical discourse.  During her time at Tufts, Katherine also worked with the ARC as a Graduate Writing and Public Speaking consultant.  She has taught a course, "The History of Mental Illness on Stage and Screen" for the Tufts Experimental College as a Robyn Gittleman Graduate Teaching Fellow and courses in Performance Studies, Communications, and Acting at Tufts and Dean College.  She earned her MA in Literature from Northwestern University and a BFA in Theatre Studies/BA in English from Niagara University.  She is excited to assist students across the university in meeting their academic goals!

Amalie TinusAmalie Tinus

Administrative Coordinator
Amalie Tinus is new to the Jumbo family. She provides administrative support and communications for the Academic Resource Center across all programs. Additionally, she works with program directors on special projects and designing promotional materials for program outreach. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in May, 2016 and began her role at Tufts in May, 2017.