Dr. Lisa Devall-Martin

Assistant Professor of Education

Email: ldevall-martin@redeemer.ca

Programs: Education


Ph.D. (2017), Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education
Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, Baltimore, MD.
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 Stuart University, Burlington, ON.

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

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


  • 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)


Lisa Devall-Martin’s enthusiasm as a faculty member in the Department of Education stems from her expertise as an elementary school teacher, school administrator, and her passion to bridge the gap between theory and praxis. As a university educator, she is committed to ensuring her teaching is innovative through purposefully designed transformative learning experiences. Dr. Devall-Martin’s passion to disrupt poverty through education is evident in her local commitment to organizations like Ray of Hope (Kitchener, ON), and globally through collaborative professional partnerships with Education for Change (Somali Region, Ethiopia). In addition, she is a strong advocate for sustainable soul-care as a pathway to Christian educators’ holistic wellbeing, which is supported by her engagement with Emmaus Transformation Centre’s Spiritual Direction certification (Mississauga, ON). Lisa’s research, presentations, and writing cover a variety of topics related to education, and in her spare time, she loves cycling, devotional writing, and having fun with her family and friends.

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications

Articles and Book Reviews

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

“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

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI)
International Christian Community for Teacher Education (ICCTE)
Canadian Society for Studies in Education (CSSE)
Comparative and International Education Society of Canada (CIES)
Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE)
Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration (CAEP)

Board Service

Institute for Christian Studies (ICS; icscanada.edu): Research Ethics Board (REB; 2021-24)
Ray of Hope (rayofhope.net): Board Director (2019-2022)
Education for Change (education-4-change.org): Board Director (2017-Present)