Lisa M. Donovan

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Education
  • Profile
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    • Grants and Fellowships

      Feigenbaum Design Thinking Fellow, 2016-Present

      Russell Fellowship, Lesley University, 2013 


      • $740,000 Professional Development for Arts Education to establish Berkshire Regional Arts Integration Network in four title I Districts in Berkshire County
      • $50,000 Mellon Foundation planning grant to establish Berkshire Humanties Council
      • $15,000 Collective Impact Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
      • $20,000 Arts Education Partnership to work with Lesley faculty and students to identify and summarize research for launch of ArtsEdSearch Research Database
      • $20,000 Massachusetts Cultural Council grant to host the 3rd Annual Cultivating the Field Institute
      • $200,000 Ford Foundation grant: Transforming Teachers and Their Students, Assessing the Impact of Integrated Arts on the Public School Classroom to support an initiative to research the impact of the Integrated Teaching through the Arts program for our alumni across the country.
      • $50,000 grant from an anonymous foundation to support of the 2nd Annual Teaching Artist Institute (co-authored with the Massachusetts Cultural Council)
      • $50,000 Edvestor Grant to support the Sumner School's professional development as they prepared to move to a fully arts integrated school (co-authored with the National Arts and Learning Collaborative)

    • Awards

      "Best Professor" in Berkshire Eagle's reader selected "Best of the Berkshires" competition, 2017 

      Outstanding Faculty Award nominee, 2016

      Lesley University Professional Service in the Field Award, 2015

    • Professional Experience

      Professor (2013-Present)

      Fine and Performing Arts, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, Mass.

      Associate Professor (2005-2012)

      Creative Arts in Learning Division, Lesley University, Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Mass.

      Director (2005-2012)

      Creative Arts in Leaming Division, Lesley University, Cambridge, Mass.

      Professional Development Coordinator (2003-2005)

      Creative Arts in Leaming Division, Lesley University, Cambridge, Mass.

      Executive Director (2002-2003)

      Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education

      Audience Engagement Liaison (2002-2003)

      Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

      Director of Education and External Affairs (1999-2001)

      Berkshire Opera Company

  • Selected Publications

    Dacey, L. & Donovan, L. (2013). Strategies for integrating mathematics and the arts. Huntington Beach, CA: Shell Education. 

    Bogard, J. & Donovan, L. (2013). Strategies for integrating English language arts and the arts. Dacey. L & Donovan, L. (Eds.) Huntington Beach, CA: Shell Education. 

    Journal Articles

    Donovan, L. (2010). Cultivating the field. Teaching Artist Journal, 8(4). 

    Book Chapters

    Glass, D., & Donovan, L. (2017). Using curriculum design frameworks for arts integration. In M. Mckenna, & G. Diaz, (Eds.), Preparing educators for arts integration: Placing creativity at the center of learning. Teachers College Press.