Meet Our Staff

Kirsten BehlingKirsten Behling

Associate Dean of Student Accessibility and Academic Resources 
Ms. Behling oversees the day to day management of the office. She also is responsible for determining reasonable accommodations, working with students and educating faculty as to the process of working with SAS. Ms. Behling also fosters collaborative relationships across campus, working to ensure that each aspect of the collegiate experience is inclusive for all. 

Kristina Aikens

Program Director, Writing Support
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, the Boston Rhetoric and Writing Network Summer Institute, and the New England Writing Center Association. Her publications include “Writing Tutor Development Through Peer Mentoring” for Academic Exchange Quarterly (republished in a Sound Instruction book on Writing Center Theory and Practice) and "Prioritizing Antiracism in Writing Center Education" for the Writing Lab Newsletter edited collection How We Teach Writing Tutors. She also writes fiction and personal essays. Kristina loves working with the writing fellows and graduate writing 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

Assistant Director, English Language Support
English for Academic Purposes and Speaking Support Programs    
Luz Rodriguez has extensive experience in the field of second language education in both administrative and teaching roles, directing and teaching in several language programs in higher education institutions abroad and in the USA. 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. Dr. Rodriguez has presented at regional, national, and international conferences on a variety of second language learning and teaching topics. 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. Her main areas of interest include program administration, curriculum development, assessment, and oral communication. She looks forward to developing a robust and comprehensive language support program that not only addresses students’ needs, but also enhances their academic experience at Tufts University.

Katie SwimmKatherine Swimm

Assistant Director, Peer Tutoring Programs
Katherine received her PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at Tufts, where she wrote her dissertation on representations of mental illness in the broader context of nineteenth-century medical discourse. 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!

Mary EllenMary Ellen Vigeant

Student Accessibility and Academic Resource Specialist, Fletcher School
Mary Ellen supports students at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy as an academic resource. She meets with students to provide time-management support and organize workshops (including for test strategies and paper writing), and to offer other resources to students.

Jeannine M. Lenehan

Administrative Coordinator, ARC and SAS
Jeannine has an M.A. from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development Tufts University and 15 years of experience working with students and faculty in a university and community-based education setting. Jeannine was a Graduate Researcher at The Center on Media & Child Health at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and at Tufts University for Healthy Families, Children’s Trust Massachusetts. Her specialized areas of study include the interrelation of the psychological and social health of children, media & child health, and how a child’s healthy attachments positively influence them and help foster their resilience. She is a member of the American Psychological Association [APA] and is CITI Certified [in human rights protections]. She enjoys working with the SAS and ARC team, helping students and all members of the Tufts community.