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Lisa M. Donovan
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Education
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)

"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. 


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


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.

B.A., State University of New York, College at Oneonta 1982
M.S., Boston University 1989
Ph.D., Lesley University 2005
Educational Studies
Contact Information
Special Programs Building
(804) 289-8133