Lisa Kendall

Associate Professor

JWU Faculty Since 1995

JWU Charlotte Associate Professor Lisa Kendall

Contact Info


Associate Professor Lisa Kendall joined the faculty at Johnson & Wales University at the Charlotte Campus following her tenure at the university’s Norfolk Campus. In addition to her role as faculty member, she has served as Community Service Learning Coordinator, Honors Program Director, and most recently, as JWU representative on the Charlotte Racial Justice Consortium. Her Women’s Leadership class develops and hosts the bi-annual Women’s Expo.

Kendall earned a master’s degree in Humanities from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, that includes a certificate in Jungian Thought. She also earned a master’s degree in Transformative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA.


  • M.A.,Transformative Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies
  • M.A., Humanities, Old Dominion University
  • B.A., English, State University of New York Geneseo

Be ignited, or be gone. Mary Oliver

Teaching Interests

Racial and Gender Equity
Social Justice

Scholarly Interests

Embodied Learning
Complexity and Systems Thinking
Disruption and Contemplative Practices
Transformative Learning


  • LEAD1010 Foundations of Leadership Studies
  • ILS2123 City as Text
  • ILS4340 Global Food Security

Extra Curricular Roles

Arts & Sciences Week
Campus Read
Charlotte Racial Justice Consortium
DE&I Task Force
JWU Women’s Expo


Professional Affiliations

Association of Leadership Educators (A.L.E.)
The Association for the Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE)


Honors And Awards

  • Johnson & Wales Teacher of the Year 2007-2008
  • Johnson & Wales Life Saver Award 2006

Q&A with Lisa

At JWU, education is not confined to the four walls of the classroom. You’re not going to spend four years with your nose buried in a book, learning theories you may never get a chance to apply — you’re going to get out there and apply them, be it through internships, group projects, leadership opportunities, competitions and more.

What Advice Do You Have For Incoming Freshmen?

Be curious, be open hearted, be adventurous, be yourself!

What College Do You Teach In?

College of Arts & Sciences