Lisa Donovan

Adjunct Professor

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A theater artist and arts-based researcher, Dr. Donovan teaches arts integration, action research, and arts-based literacy courses. She has broad experience working as an arts educator and administrator in organizations that include Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the Berkshire Opera Company, University of Massachusetts' Department of Theater, and Boston University's Theater, Visual Arts and Tanglewood Institutes. She was formerly Executive Director of the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education. She is co-principal investigator of the Integrated Teaching through the Arts Assessment project funded by the Ford Foundation. Dr. Donovan was previously the director of the Graduate School of Education's Creative Arts in Learning division. She is currently professor in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Education

BA, State University of New York, Oneonta
MS, Boston University
PhD, Lesley University

Selected Publications

  • Glass, D. and Donovan, L. (2017). Chapter 3: Using Curriculum Design Frameworks for Arts Integration. In Mckenna, M. and Diaz, G. (Eds.) Preparing Educators for Arts Integration: Placing Creativity at the Center of Learning. Teachers College Press.
  • Donovan, L. & Brown, M. (2017). Leveraging Change: Increasing Access to Arts Education in Rural Areas. Working paper funded by a National Endowment for the Arts Collective Impact Grant.
  • 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. & Pascale, L. (2012). Integrating the arts across the content areas. Dacey. L & Donovan, L. (Eds.) Huntington Beach, CA: Shell Education.
  • Bogard, J. & Creegan-Quinquis, M. (2013). Strategies for Integrating Social Studies and the Arts. Dacey. L & Donovan, L. (Eds.) Huntington Beach, CA: Shell Education.
  • Diaz, G., Smiley, S., Poey, V. & Weber, N. (2013). Strategies for Integrating Science and the Arts. Dacey. L & Donovan, L. (Eds.) Huntington Beach, CA: Shell Education.
  • The Voices that Matter, Theater script performed at Augusta Savage Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2008
  • Imagination Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, July, 2009
  • Arts Education Partnership, A review of findings from a Ford Foundation research grant, October 2009.
  • Donovan, L. (2005). Rehearsing life: Exploring alternatives and possibilities through theater, In Powell & Marcow-Speiser (Eds.) Little Signs of Hope: Art and Social Change. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Donovan, L. (2005). Rehearsing life: Exploring alternatives and possibilities through theater, In Powell & Marcow-Speiser (Eds.) Little Signs of Hope: Art and Social Change. published by Peter Lang
  • Donovan, L. (2004). Making the aesthetic experience accessible in the classroom: Unlocking language for understanding, In McKenna & Diaz (Eds.) Teaching for aesthetic experience: The art of learning. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Donovan, L. Making the aesthetic experience accessible in the classroom: Unlocking language for understanding, In Mckenna & Diaz (Eds.), 2004 Teaching for aesthetic experience: The art of learning, published by Peter Lang.