• All classes resume online Monday, March 23. Students must check their Bergen-issued email address and Moodle for directions from faculty. On-campus offices are closed; staff are all working remotely. Details at Bergen.edu/covid19.


Leigh Jonaitis

headshotOffice Location: A-333D
Campus Extension: x3509
Email: [email protected]

Degrees: B.A., B.F.A., University of Michigan; M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.,Columbia University Teachers College


Courses Taught: Developmental Skills I and II, English Skills, Composition I, Composition I Online, and Composition I Hybrid


Research Interests:

Narrative inquiry in qualitative research, the politics of remediation, multiliteracies, teaching online, the uses of instructional technology in Basic Writing, faculty development.




    • Membership Chair of TYCA-Northeast (Two Year College English Association)



Honors: Outstanding Service to Distance Learning at Bergen Community College, March 2003.


Year Started at Bergen: 2000




    • “Troubling Discourse: Basic Writing and Computer-Mediated Technologies.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Atlanta, GA, April 2011.


    • “A Panel on College Placement: Accuplacer and Beyond.” New Jersey Writing Alliance Conference (NJWA), Rutgers University, May 2010. Representative of Bergen Community College on a panel with representatives from Montclair State University, Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, Ramapo College, Middlesex County College and Brookdale Community College.


    • “Confronting Iconic Discourse: Spaces for Renewal in a Basic Writing Program” with Kelly Keane. Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Louisville, KY, March 2010.


    • “Compromising Data: Representations of ‘Remedial’ Writers.” The International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, May 2009.


    • “(Dis)located Narratives: Membranous Lines of Autobiographical Narrative and Transnational Inquiry.” American Educational Research Association (AERA), New York, NY, March 2008.


    • “The Multimedia Research Paper.” Faculty of the Future Conference, Bucks County Community College, June 2007.


    • “The Multimedia Research Paper” with Kelly Keane. New Jersey Writing Alliance (NJWA) Conference, Middlesex County College, May 2007.


    • “(Im)Possibilities of Autobiographical and Narrative Curriculum Theorizing: Transnational Perspectives.” American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (AAACS), University of Illinois-Chicago, April 2007.


    • “The Research Paper Project” with Dorothy Altman and Kelly Keane. New Jersey Writing Alliance (NJWA) Conference, Monmouth University, May 2006.


    • “The Generative Possibilities of Performative Exchange in Qualitative Research.” Ways of Knowing in Educational Research Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, March 2006.


    • “Researching Readiness for Composition: An Assessment Process” with Beth Snyder. New Jersey Writing Alliance (NJWA) Conference, Rutgers University, April 2005.


    • “The Resource Envelope: Reinforce Outcomes by Sharing Materials with Adjuncts Electronically” with Bonnie MacDougall and William Jiang. League for Innovation in the Community College Conference on Information Technology, Tampa FL, November 2004.


    • “When Clicks Meet Bricks: How Hybrid Courses Are Transforming the Classroom.” League for Innovation in the Community College Innovations Conference, San Francisco CA, March 2004.


    • “TOPP (The Online Professor Program): Teaching and Learning are TOPP Priority” with Judith Rae Davis and Michael Redmond. League for Innovation in the Community College Conference on Information Technology, Long Beach CA, November 2002.


    • “The Hybrid: Authority and Community in Developmental English” with Judith Rae Davis. League for Innovation in the Community College Confernece on Information Technology, Minneapolis MN, November 2001.


    • “The Hybrid: Web-enhanced Courses for Developmental Learners” with Judith Rae Davis and Elizabeth Marsh. New York College Learning Skills Association, Saratoga Springs NY, March 2001.