College of Education

Research Area(s)

  • teacher education; social studies education; and history of education


Dr. Lynn Lemisko took up her appointment in the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan in 2002 and she presently serves as a professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and as Department Head of Educational Psychology and Special Education.  During her five-year term as Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs & Research in the College of Education, she developed a deeper understanding of university governance systems and the complexities of teacher education program development. She came to Saskatoon via Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario and the University of Calgary. 

Lemisko’s first teaching experiences, in Alberta, included work in the Calgary and Ft. McMurray public school systems, where she taught students in grades four through nine.  This was followed by more than twenty years of post-secondary teaching and supervising of graduate and undergraduate students taking courses in Canadian and European history, the history of education, social studies curriculum and instruction, research methods, and pedagogies of place. 

Lemisko’s doctoral research at the University of Calgary concentrated on the history of philosophy of education and her interest in foundational studies continues to inform her investigations.  Also, collaborative work with scholars and practitioners interested in exploring promising practices in educating for social justice lead to her involvement with various projects investigating approaches to in pre-service and in-service teacher education and experiences of graduate students and faculty in higher education.   Dr. Lemisko’s work related to these projects has been  published in journals like the Canadian Journal of Education, Canadian Social Studies, Thinking Classroom/ Peremena and The International Journal of Learning and as chapters in edited books like The Curriculum History of Canadian Teacher Education (coauthored with  Clausen; T. Christou, Ed.),  The Palgrave Handbook of State Sponsored History After 1945 (coauthored with Clausen; B. Bevernage & N. Wouters, Eds.), Innovative Teaching and Learning Practices in Higher Education (coauthored with Kalyn, Squires & Balzer; K. Enomoto, R. Warner & C.Nygaard, Eds.),  and several books published by the Canadian Association for Teacher Education (coauthored in various instances with Hellsten, Svoboda, and Demchuk-Kosolfski).  Lemisko is co-editor (with Horton) of Educator to Educator: Generative Concepts in Social Studies (2015) and she has published articles based on individual and collaborative investigations into the history of education as intellectual history.  Dr. Lemisko’s current research includes a study of faculty experiences of incivility in universities and a comparative study of the history of teacher education.   

Dr. Lemisko is serving as President of the Canadian Association of Foundations in Education (CAFE) and she has served as President of the Canadian History of Education Association (CHEA).  In addition, she is a proud member of the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market Cooperative.


  • PhD, University of Calgary, Graduate Division of Educational Research, Educational Contexts (History and Philosophy of Education), 1998.
  • M.A., University of Calgary, Department of History, Irish History, 1992.
  • B.Ed., University of Calgary, Faculty of Education, Secondary Social Studies, 1977.


Undergraduate Courses

  • EFDT 313: Pedagogies of Place: Context-based Teaching
  • EFDT 101.3 Introduction to Education       
  • EFDT 411.3 Inquiry (History & Citizenship)
  • EDUC 321.3 Field Study: Learning In Contexts                                           
  • EDUC 322.3 Field Study: Relational Curriculum-Making in Practice
  • EDUC 314.3 Relational Curriculum-Making                            
  • EDUC 421.15 Professional Internship – Internship 
  • ECUR 200 Curriculum and Instruction 
  • ECUR 382 Teaching Elementary Social Studies     
  • ECUR 386 Methods in Secondary Social Studies    
  • ECUR 387 Social Studies in the Middle Years           

Graduate Courses

  • EFDT 870.3 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Foundations of Education
  • ERES 800 Research Methods: Introductory  
  • EFDT 898 History of Education, Teachers and Teaching: Historiography and Methodological Approaches                  
  • ECUR 832.3 Practicum
  • ECUR 898.3 Survey of Research in Social Studies Education
  • EdCur 805 Trends and Issues in Educational Research and Curriculum Development


  • History of education as intellectual history
  • History of teacher education
  • Teacher education
  • Beginning teachers (experiences and mentorship)
  • Social studies & citizenship education

Service and Outreach

  • Department Head, Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education, College of Education., Tenure, July 2018 to present 
  • Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs & Research, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan, July 2008 to June 2013 
  • Member, Planning Priorities Committee, Standing committee of University Council, July 2018 to present. 
  • President, Canadian Association for Foundations in Education (CAFE), June 2019 to present.
  • Executive, Member at Large, Canadian Association for Foundations in Education (CAFE), July 2015 – June 2019.
  • Second Vice President & Programme Chair, Canadian Association for Foundations in Education (CAFE),  May 2006 to May 2008. 
  • Member, Lifetime Achievement in Teacher Education Research Award Committee of the Canadian Association of Teacher Education (CATE), July 2014- June 2016. 
  • Member & Panelist, Pre-Conference/Special Session Organizing Committee of the Canadian Association for Foundations in Education (CAFE), July 2014 – June 2015.
  • Executive Member (Past President), Canadian History of Education Association (CHEA), October 2014 to October 2016. 
  • President, Canadian History of Education Association (CHEA), October 2012 to October 2014
  • Organizer,  7th Annual Working Conference on Research in Teacher Education on behalf of the Canadian Association of Teacher Education (CATE). November 2012 to November 2013. 
  • Member, Board of Teacher Education and Certification (BTEC), Advisory Board to the Minister of Education, Saskatchewan, September 2008 to June 2013. 
  • Chair, Appeal Board, University Level Appeal Under Regulations on Student Academic Misconduct. Hearing date November 23, 2018.  Report issued, December 5, 2018. 
  • Member, SSHRC Explore and Exchange Review Committee, 2018 to 2020. 
  • Member, Appeal Board, University Level Appeal of Matters Other than Substantive Academic Judgment. Hearing dates July 19 and August 3, 2017. Report issued August 18, 2017. 
  • Member, Appeal Board, University Level Appeal of Matters Other than Substantive Academic Judgment. Hearing date, January 2017.  Report issued February 2017. 
  • Member, University Council, July 2016 to 2019.

Graduate Supervision

  • Porter, Gemma, (2020), PhD, dissertation, “National History and Identity in Saskatchewan Social Studies Curriculum 1970-2008: Narratives of Diversity, Tolerance, Accommodation, and Negotiation.”
  • Cochran, Natasha, (2019) PhD, , dissertation,  “Evolution: The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation’s Code of Ethics 1935-present.” 
  • Small, Tamica, (2018) M.Ed. thesis, “Inquiry-Based Learning: The vehicle for promoting Education for Sustainable Development in elementary schools.” 
  • Porter, Gemma, (2014) M.Ed., thesis “Citizenship Education and Social Studies: An Historical Analysis of Citizenship Education in the Social Studies 9 Curriculum.”
  • Clark, Chris, (2012) M.Ed., thesis “Engaging Middle Years Students: The challenges that   middle years teachers face.” 
  • Osteneck, Ursula, (2011) PhD, dissertation, “Experiences of women involved in an international curriculum development project.” 
  • Facci, Manuela, (2009) M.Ed., thesis, “Global & multicultural influences on social studies curriculum.”
  • Feng, Anna Shan, (2008) M.Ed., thesis, “Portrait of Internationalized Curricula at the University of Saskatchewan.”
  • Kraushaar, Ryan, (2008) M.Ed., project, “Social Studies Education on the Prairies:  A Comparative Analysis of Multicultural and Citizenship Education in Alberta and Saskatchewan Grade Eleven Curricula.  
  • Kahn, Jacqueline, (2007)M.Ed., thesis, “Is Curriculum a Barrier to Saskatchewan Teachers Being Global Educators?”

Selected Publications

  • Lemisko, LS. (2016). Turning the Inside Out: Presuppositions of Alberta Educational Leaders Promoting Progressive Reform, c. 1920-1950. Historical Studies in Education, 28(1): 73-95. 
  • Hellsten, L.M., Lemisko, L., Demchuk-Kosolofski, C., Dollansky, T.D. (2017) Positive Impacts of an Induction-Through-Mentoring Model of New Teacher Mentorship: Perceptions of Beginning Teachers in Saskatchewan Rural Schools. In B. Kutsyuruba & K. Walker (Eds.) The Bliss and Blisters of Early Career Teaching (pp. 307 - 334), Burlington, ON: Word & Deed Publishing.
  • Lemisko, L. & Clausen, K. (2018) The ‘National Dream’ to Cultural Mosaic: State Sponsored History in Canadian Education. In B. Bevernage & N. Wouters (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of State Sponsored History After 1945 (pp. 323-338) London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • Lemisko, L. & Clausen, K. (2018) Born of Cooperation? Teacher Education Curriculum in Saskatchewan. In T. Christou, Ed., The Curriculum History of Canadian Teacher Education. (pp. 161-176). New York: Routledge. 
  • Lemisko, L. & Hellsten, L. (2019) Challenges & Barriers to Fostering Teacher Diversity: Implications for Teacher Education. In J. Mueller & J. Nickel, Eds., Globalization and Diversity in Education: What Does It Mean for Canadian Teacher Education? (pp. 114-134) Ottawa, ON: Canadian Association for Teacher Education/Association canadienne pour la formation à l’enseignement.

Selected Presentations

  • Lemisko, L., & Hellsten, L, Demchuk-Kosolofski, C. (August 2016) Mentors of Beginning Teachers:  Rewards and Challenges of Mentorship as Professional Development. A paper presented at the European Conference on Educational Research [ECER], Dublin, Ireland. 
  • Lemisko, L., Clausen, K. & Porter, G. (June, 2019) To the university:  Transitioning teacher education programs to faculties of education in Saskatchewan & Ontario, 1955 – 1975. A paper presented at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education [CSSE- CAFE] annual conference (Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities), Vancouver, BC.. 
  • Clausen, K. & Lemisko, L. (November, 2019)  Creeping Like Snail:  Canadian Student Resistance to Teacher Colleges, 1950-1970. A paper presented at the History of Education Society (UK) Conference, London, Great Britain. 
  • Dollansky, T., Lemisko, L., Hellsten, L. & Anderson, V. (January, 2020)  Beginning Teacher Voices: Advice to School-based Administrators on Building Practices to Support Flourishing. A paper presented at Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii. 
  • Cochran, N. & Lemisko, L. (January, 2020) Conduct unbecoming?  Teacher professionalism, ethical codes and shifting social expectations. A paper presented at Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii.