Dr. Lon Dehnert, Assistant Dean, joined the School of Education administrative team in January of 2012. His duties include the oversight of School technologies, facilities, strategic planning, and faculty development. He serves as liaison to the School’s partner in distance education, Everspring, and for the research firm Eduventures and he oversees the School of Education Welcome Center.
Lon, a native of Lander, Wyoming, has 32 years of teaching experience in Kansas, Missouri, South Carolina and Oklahoma. While at the University of Central Oklahoma (1987-2009), Lon served in various capacities including Director of Choral Studies (1987-2003), Assistant Dean (2003-2007), Director of Special Projects for the newly established Center for Professional and Distance Education (2007-2009), and Professor of Music (2008-2009).
As Assistant Dean for the College of Arts, Media & Design at UCO, his responsibilities included: the organization and oversight of all college teams and taskforces; development and facilitation of the College Leadership Team; oversight and facilitation of all strategic planning activities; and oversight of the College curriculum process. In addition to his assigned duties, Lon assisted various campus organizations with their continuous improvement efforts including the office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Planning and Analysis, Student Services, the University Library, and the Center for Professional and Distance Education.
Lon also served as a facilitator for numerous university-wide action teams including teams charged with developing a new university planning and budget alignment process, a new curriculum process, and a university academic integrity program. Lon facilitated writing teams for the University’s two applications to the State Quality Award program.
In the role of continuous improvement consultant he has assisted with the development of new self-study and departmental strategic planning and assessment programs for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Additionally, he assisted with the facilitation of their first-ever SWOT analysis from which they built their present University Strategic Plan.
Lon has presented at the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education, the Higher Learning Commission, and the American Association for Higher Education. He chaired the 10th annual NCCI International Conference in 2008.
Lon is a two-time member of the National Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Board of Examiners, a two-time State of Oklahoma Quality Award Examiner, and a Team Leader for the State of New Mexico Quality Award Foundation Examiners. He is also an ongoing member of the Peer Review Corps for the Higher Learning Commission.
Lon holds the Bachelor of Music Education and the Doctor of Musical Arts (Choral Conducting) degrees from Kansas University and the Master of Music (Choral Conducting) degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Lon is the webmaster and song leader for the Lawrence Noon Rotary Club and has served as Co-Chair for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Envoys. He serves as the KU Advocate for the Willow Domestic Violence Center and does volunteer maintenance work for the Willow’s Women’s Shelter. He has served on the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. His hobbies include reading, gardening, and performing with his folk group, Just Playin’ Folk.