Dr. Lynn Butler-Kisber

Dr. Lynn Butler-Kisber
Contact Information
Email address: 
lynn.butlerkisber [at] mcgill.ca

Education Building, 3700 McTavish St.

Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE)
Professional activities: 

Editor, LEARNing Landscapes Journal

Arts, Languages & Literacy Education
Teacher Education, Pedagogy & Leadership
Areas of expertise: 
  • Qualitative research methodologies
  • Multiliteracies
  • Leadership
  • Professional development

Lynn Butler-Kisber (B.Ed., M.Ed., McGill; Ed.D. Harvard) is a Professor of Education in the Department of Integrated Studies at McGill University. Her teaching and research focus on qualitative research methodologies; leadership, multiliteracies; and professional development. She is particularly interested in arts-based methodologies, more specifically in visual inquiry (collage, photo/film and visual narratives) and in poetic inquiry on which she has written and presented extensively. She focuses on issues of marginalization, equity and social justice. Some recent publications include Poetic inquiries of reflection and renewal: Poetry as research (2017), with Guiney Yallop, Stewart & Wiebe; the second edition of her book, Qualitative Inquiry: Thematic, narrative and arts-based perspectives (Sage 2018) and Collage-making, in the 2019 Sage research methods foundations (edited by Atkinson, Delacourt et al.). She is founding (2007) and current Editor of the LEARNing Landscapes, an online, open access, peer-reviewed journal that integrates theory and practice, encourages multi-modal submissions and the inclusion of a variety of voices. Current projects include: The NEXTschool Initiative; the Human Displacement and Narrative inquiry Project; the Climate adaptation and resilient development: Policy, research and practice project (Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill) and the Sage research methods and NVivo community project. She has done a range of community-based research projects locally as well as international research and development projects in Dominican Republic, China, Indonesia, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and in the UK and USA.

  • EdD, Harvard University, United States
  • MEd, McGill University, Canada
  • BEd, McGill University, Canada
Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • 2018: Honorary Professor, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang, China
  • 2017-2018: Visiting scholar: University of Alberta, Edmonton AB; Worcester University, Worcester, UK; University of Vermont, VT.
Selected publications: 
  • Butler-Kisber, L. (in press). Poetry in arts-based educational research. In E. Fitzpatrick (Ed.), Poetry as method in educational research. Auckland, NZ.
  • Butler-Kisber, L. (2019). Collage-making. In P. Atkinson, S. Delamont, M. Hardy, & M. Williams, (Eds.), The Sage Encyclopedia of Social Research Methods. London: Sage.
  • Butler-Kisber, L (2019), (Ed.). Understanding ways of knowing: Insights and illustrations. LEARNing Landscapes 12.
  • Butler-Kisber, L. (2019). Collage-making. In P. Atkinson, S. Delamont, A. Cernat, J. Sakshaug & R. Williams (Eds.), Sage research methods foundations. London: Sage.
  • Calderon, M. M. & Butler-Kisber, L. (2019). Latin Americans’ Perceptions of their Secondary School Education in Montreal. Journal of Canadian Ethnic Studies. 51(1).
  • Boyle, D., & Butler-Kisber, L. (2019). Musical memos in qualitative inquiry: Artful, embodied and salient reflections. The Qualitative Report, 24(2), 395-404.
  • Butler-Kisber, L. (2018). Case study: Brentwood High School. In D. Griffiths & J. Ryan (Eds.), Case studies of inclusive educators and leaders. Burlington, ON: Word and Deed.
  • Butler-Kisber, L. (2018), (Ed.). Teaching and learning with stories. LEARNing Landscapes, 11(2).
  • Butler-Kisber, L. (2018); (2nd edition). Qualitative inquiry: Thematic, narrative and arts-based perspectives. London: Sage.
  • Butler-Kisber, L. (2017). Fostering health and well-being in education. LEARNing Landscapes, 10(2).
  • Butler-Kisber, L., Guiney Yallop, J., Stewart, M., Wiebe, S. (2017), (Eds.). Poetic inquiry: Resonant voices. Lunenburg, NS: John MacIntyre Purcell.
  • B.Ed.
  • M.A. Educational Leadership
  • Ph.D. Educational Studies
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