Lisa Dembouski


Assistant Professor in Education

I am... a teacher, learner, mentor, friend, teacher educator, advocate, ally, feminist, volunteer, introvert, and a really bad dancer. I regularly trip over flat surfaces which may or may not be correlated to my mad dancing skillz.

I do ... teacher education and preparation, mentoring, advocacy for exceptionalities (particularly my own), and writing (critical pedagogy, socially just education, and disability studies in education). I have been a Peace Corps Volunteer (Ecuador, South America), wilderness survival counselor (St. Croix Girls Camp), and Master Gardener Volunteer (Wisconsin). I was an urban district, K-12 Special Education teacher and program lead for 15 years before switching gears and focusing my work on teacher preparation. I am thrilled to be part of the Education Department at Gustavus where I supervise student teachers, read and coach for teacher candidates' edTPAs, and teach various courses including EDU 241 Educational Technology, EDU 268 Career Exploration of the Teaching Profession, EDU 350 Reading in the Content Areas: Multiple Literacies for 21st Century Classrooms, and EDU 389 Inclusive Classrooms.

This January we are thrilled to offer an IEX called Island Schooling: Supporting Pupil Learning in Sint Maarten, Dutch West Indies. Originally slated to begin in 2018, this course was delayed because of devastation to the island caused by Hurricane Irma. However, they have rebuilt and we are bringing a great first group with us to this island in January, 2020! 

My writing and research interests ... tend to be qualitative, narrative scholarship on a variety of topics including deaf/hard of hearing learners in inclusive classroom settings, teacher candidates' experiences of their training programs, paving the way for new teacher success, and my own perspectives and experiences as a new(er) higher education faculty member who also happens to have differences that, in exclusive situations, become dis/abilities. 

I love... the usual (reading, traveling, the outdoors, a great beach, cooking, gardening, taking pictures), the unusual (particularly in the arts), and beauty (which I find pretty much any place I look). Ask me what I'm reading, sign to me, or tell me where to find great Thai food and I'll enjoy our conversation a good long time.

Selected Presentations:

Flynn, J. E., Dembouski, L.M., de Novaise, J., & Hick, S. (2019, November 9). Panel presentation: Hidden and suppressed narratives: A feminist, intersectional look at women’s experiences in academia. Presentation for the annual National Association for Multicultural Education (N.A.M.E.) conference, Tucson, AZ.

Jeffress, M.S., Makkawy, A., Alexander, G., Dembouski, L.M., Threlkeld, A., & Brown, W.J. (2017, November 19). Panel Presentation: Looking back, in, and forward: Perspectives on the place and performance of differently-abled instructors. National Communication Association 103rd National Convention, Dallas, TX.   

Dembouski, L. M. (2017, August 16). Empowered people are empowering. Keynote presentation, Minnesota Adult Basic Education Summer Institute, St. Cloud, MN.

Dembouski, L. M., & Koomen, M. (2017, June 9). Voices of students with disabilities in science education. Presentation for the Disability Studies in Education conference. (Note, a version of this presentation was also a Faculty Shop Talk in the 2017-18 academic year.)

Selected Publications:

Dembouski, L.M., and Eloranta, K. (2019, April). The same school year: Narratives of early- and middle-career teachers in a U.S. public school. Minnesota English Journal.

Dembouski, L.M. (2018, July). Honest and uncomfortable: A loving look at my exclusive campus. In J. E. Flynn, T. J. Grosland, and S. A. Shelton (Eds.), Feminism and Intersectionality in Academia: Women’s Narratives and Experiences in Higher Education. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dembouski, L.M. (2018, May). D/HH Voices. In Koomen, M., Kahn, S., Atchison, C. L., and Wild, T. A. (Eds.) Towards inclusion of all learners through science teacher education, pp. 13-23. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Sense Publishers.

Dembouski, L.M. (2018, April). "The instructor is partially def”: DHH professing in higher education. In Jeffress, M.S. (Ed.) International perspectives on teaching with disability: Overcoming obstacles and enriching lives (pp. 77-91). London, U.K.:  Routledge Press.

Dembouski, L.M., Eloranta, K., & Pauly, J., (in editing, 2018). Teacher school: Intersections of our preparation and induction into teaching. In Sato, M., and Tobin, J. (Eds.) Teaching toward equity: Redesigning university teacher education in diverse school contexts.


Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum, & Instruction/Culture and Teaching from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities; M.Ed. in Special Education/Deaf-Hard of Hearing Education from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities; B.A. in Psychology from the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University

Courses Taught

EDU-241 (Educational Technology), EDU-350 (Reading in the Content Areas), EDU-389 (Inclusive Classrooms), and EDU-398 (Human Relations in Education)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
EDU-389 Inclusive Classrooms 11 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
EDU-350 Reading in the Content Areas 11 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA
EDU-241 Educational Technology 5 2019/FA, 2019/SP, 2018/FA, 2018/SP, and 2017/FA
EDU-268 Orientation to Teaching 5 2019/JN, 2018/JN, 2017/JN, 2016/JN, and 2015/JN
EDU-395 K-12 Ext DirectedTchng 1 2020/JN
EDU-396 Middle Level Dir Tchng 1 2020/JN
EDU-235 School in St Maarten 1 2020/JN
EDU-398 Human Relations in Education 1 2019/FA