Tiffany DeJaynes


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Degrees and Sources of Degrees

B.A., William Jewell College; M.A. University of Kansas; Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University


Dr. Tiffany DeJaynes is an Associate Professor of English Education in the Department of Middle & High School Education (MHSE), School of Education, at Lehman College, CUNY. She holds an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, an M.A. from the University of Kansas, and a B.A. from William Jewell College.

Her research focuses on youth inquiry, civic engagement, and multimodal literacy practices. She currently edits a column for English Journal called “Reimagining Research” and is working on a book titled, Researching with Youth: Curriculum, Community, and Civic Engagement, co-authored with teacher colleagues and youth.

Dr. DeJaynes leads clinical initiatives for MHSE and serves the School of Education as Director of the Center for School-College Collaboratives. She is currently PI on NYS Science Technology Entry Program (STEP) grant, US Dept of Education Student Support Services-Careers in Teaching grant, an NYC Dept of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) COMPASS-High grant, and co-PI on NSF Noyce-Framework on the Continuum that Unifies and Strengthens STEM (Focus-On -STEM)

Prior to joining Lehman College, Dr. DeJaynes taught middle and high school in Brooklyn and Queens, and coached literacy teachers in Kansas City and the Bronx.

Selected Publications

  • DeJaynes, T. (2022). Composing as Play: A Vision for Collaborative, Multimodal Authorship. International Journal of Information and Learning Technology 39(3), pp. 256-265.
  • DeJaynes, T., Cortes, T. and Hoque, I. (2020). Participatory action research in schools: unpacking the lived inequities of high stakes testing. English Teaching: Practice & Critique, 19(3), 287-301.
  • DeJaynes, T., & Curmi-Hall, C. (2019). Transforming school hallways through critical inquiry: Multimodal literacies for civic engagement. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 63(3), 299-309.
  • DeJaynes, T. (2019). Youth Researchers Wrestling with Gender and Sexuality. Invited Column: Beyond Binary Gender Identities. English Journal. 108(3), 95-97.
  • DeJaynes, T. (2018). “What Makes Me Who I Am?” Using Artifacts as Cosmopolitan Invitations. English Journal, 108(2), 48–54.
  • DeJaynes, T., & Curmi, C. (2015). Youth as Cosmopolitan Intellectuals. English Journal, 105(3), 75-81.
  • DeJaynes, T. (2015). “Where I’m From” and Belonging: A Multimodal, Cosmopolitan Perspective on Arts and Inquiry. E-Learning and Digital Media, 12(2).
  • Vasudevan, L, & DeJaynes, T., Eds. (2013). Arts, Media, and Justice: Multimodal Explorations with Youth. New York: Peter Lang.