Dr. Lisa Devall-Martin

Assistant Professor of Education

Email: ldevall-martin@redeemer.ca

Programs: Education


Ed.D. (2017), Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education, Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Baltimore, Maryland, United States.
Dissertation: Ontario School Adminitrators’ Insight and Self-reflection: An Exploration of the Influence of Expressive Writing and the Lumina Spark Inventory on Self-awareness.

B.Ed. (2007), Education, Charles Sturt University, Burlington, ON, Canada.

M.A. (1994), Music Performance, McGill University, Montreal, QC.

B.A. (1990), Education, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada.


  • Multicultural Education in Global Context (PJI) (EDU-323)
  • Social Foundations and Introduction to Teaching (EDU-303)
  • Engaging Literacy in the Primary Grades (PJ) (EDU-421)
  • Engaging Literacy in the Junior Grades (PJ) (EDU-422)
  • Development and Learning (EDU-301)
  • Engaging Literacy in the Junior Grades (JI) (EDU-423)
  • Engaging Literacy in the Intermediate Grades (JI) (EDU-424)
  • Professional Teaching Seminar and Reflective Practice (EDU-488)


Lisa Devall-Martin’s enthusiasm, as a faculty member in the School of Education, stems from her expertise as an elementary school teacher and school administrator in Ontario, Canada, over the past two decades. Having completed her doctoral research at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, in entrepreneurial leadership in education, Lisa desires to bridge the gaps between theory and praxis in education. Locally, as a university educator, she is committed to ensuring her teaching is innovative through purposefully designed transformative learning experiences based on the most recent research in education. Dr. Devall-Martin’s passion to disrupt poverty through education is evident in her local commitment to Ray of Hope (Kitchener, Ontario) and, globally, by developing collaborative partnerships in education as the president of Education for Change (Somali Region, Ethiopia). In addition, she is a strong advocate for sustainable soul-care as a pathway to Christian educators’ holistic well-being. Lisa’s research, presentations, and writing cover a variety of topics including emotional labour in teaching, educational pedagogy, educational leadership, and inclusion and diversity. In her spare time, she loves walking with her dog, Sherlock, cooking for her family, and writing in many forms.

Research Interests

  • Educators’ professional and personal identity and capacity-building
  • Global equitable access to education 
  • Elementary teacher education scholarship and development
  • Diversity and inclusion

Recent Publications

Articles and Book Reviews

Lee Sinden, J. & Devall-Martin, L. (2024). Emotions Are Not in the Way, They Are the Way: Abolishing Unhealthy Beliefs about Emotion and Cultivating the Spiritual–Emotional Development of Athletes. Religions 15:270. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel15030270

Review of Leadership for inclusive schools; Real cases from real leaders to engage principals in professional learning for supporting students with special education needs. Sider, S. & K. Maich. (2022). International Christian Community of Teacher Educators Journal, 17(1). 2022.

Provided expert commentary:

Sider, S. & Maich, K. (2022). Leadership for inclusive schools: Real cases from real leaders to engage principals in professional learning for supporting students with special education needs. Rowman and Littlefield.

Invited Speaker

Devall-Martin, L. & Birch, H. “EmpowerHER: A Collaborative Journey in Faith-centered Research and Writing to Promote Leadership” March 11, 2024. Invited by the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) – Advancing Women in Leadership.

Devall-Martin, L. “Leading in a Time of Crisis.” April 23, 2022. The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting 2022. Invited by Commonwealth Council of Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM).

Grants and Awards

Recipient of the 2022 Harro Van Brummelen Memorial Scholarship through the International Christian Community of Teacher Educators (ICCTE).

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Society for Studies in Education (CSSE)
Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE)
Centre for Leading Research in Education (CLiRE: Wilfrid Laurier University)
Comparative and International Education Society of Canada (CIES)
International Christian Community for Teacher Educators (ICCTE)

Board Service

Institute for Christian Studies (ICS): Research Ethics Board (REB; 2021-24)
Ray of Hope: Board Director (2019-2022)
Education for Change: President (2017-Present)