Dr. Donna Bontatibus
Donna Bontatibus, Ph.D., is dedicated to helping Middlesex students build the crucial skills needed to ensure success in any field they choose.
In 2023, Dr. Bontatibus was named as the campus Dean of Students and Faculty, after previously serving as the Interim Dean of Academic and Student Affairs since 2021. She first came to Middlesex as an English instructor in 2004.
As a leader within her profession, Dr. Bontatibus has presented regional and national, leading workshops designed to enrich and engage other instructors. Her topics have included Teaching Essentials 101, Creating College Success Learning Communities, and Writing across the Curriculum. She has conducted workshops for the Connecticut Coalition of English Teachers, Literacy Volunteers of America, and the Connecticut Community College system.
Dr. Bontatibus regularly attends conferences and workshops on education, student success, and college success to improve her teaching style and course development. Among these prestigious events are the Academic Chair Leadership Institute sponsored by the American Council on Education, the Schwab Leadership Institute, the Connecticut Coalition of English Teachers conferences, and the Foundations of Excellence Summer Institute.
As a professor, Dr. Bontatibus has taught many English courses, including Introduction to Writing, Composition, Technical Writing, and American Literature. Her publications include “On the Front Lines: A Practical Guide for Instructors of Developmental English” (Pearson, 2010), “Poetry in Freshman Seminar: A Lesson in Critical and Creative Thinking” (McGraw Hill, 2007), and “Forging Campus Links” (National Resource Center, 2005).
Dr. Bontatibus received the 2006 Governor’s Service Award for Connecticut and the 2005 Merit Recognition Award from Middlesex Community College. She earned a doctorate and master’s degree in English from the University of Rhode Island and a bachelor’s degree in English from Albertus Magnus College.