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 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 2002 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. He is currently a co-facilitator for the first year experience for students attending UTC and enrolling in the MoSAIC program for college students with autism. Dr. Kluesner is an Adjunct Faculty professor for the UTC School of Education. He teaches "Advanced Instructional Technology" and "Strategies for Inclusion." He will also be teaching the "First Year Studies: The UTC Experience" course during the Fall 2014 semester.
Dr. Kluesner is a professional member of several organizations pertaining to disability, higher education and assistive technology. He most recently presented at an International Conference on Autism about the transition from high school to college and the UTC MoSAIC program. He is a member of the Signal Center's Technology Advisory Board. Dr. Kluesner also served as the Chair of the Chattanooga Mayor's Council on Disability.