Dr. Bryon Kluesner earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management in 1992 from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (SIU-C). He completed his Master of Science in Rehabilitation Administration in 1998 and his Doctor of Rehabilitation (Rh.D.) in 2003, also from SIU-C. While completing his Master and Doctoral degrees, Dr. Kluesner worked in a residential facility funded by the Rehabilitation Institute of SIU-C and the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services. He was a Residential Counselor working with graduating high school seniors with disabilities transitioning into independent living. He also had experience for two years as the Internship Coordinator for the SIU-C Rehabilitation Services undergraduate degree program.
Dr. Kluesner's career in higher education began in 2001 when he was a Learning Disability Coordinator for Disability Support Services at SIU-C. In 2004, he took a position as the Assistant Director for the Office of Disability Services at Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN. October 2006, Dr. Kluesner moved to Chattanooga to take a position as the Adaptive Technology Coordinator in the Disability Resource Center at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). In 2008, he received his Assistive Technology Applications Certification (ATAC) from California State University, Northridge. Dr. Kluesner is an Adjunct Faculty professor for the UTC School of Education. He teaches "Advanced Instructional Technology" and "Strategies for Inclusion." He also teaches the "First Year Experience" course.
Dr. Kluesner is a professional member of several organizations pertaining to disability, higher education and assistive technology. He presented at an International Conference on Autism about the transition from high school to college and the UTC MoSAIC program. November 2015, Dr. Kluesner presented about UTC's Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) at the Accessing Higher Ground conference in Westminster, CO. December, 2016, he will present on "Assistive Technologies Used to Support Transition from High School to Higher Education" at the Tennessee Association for Assistive Technology (TAAT) conference in Nashville, TN. He is a member of the Signal Center's Assistive Technology Advisory Board. Dr. Kluesner also served as the Chair of the Chattanooga Mayor's Council on Disability.