Lisa L. Buono

Lisa L. Buono, Ed.D.

Dean, School for Professional & Continuing Studies
(805) 493-3663
SBET #112



Dr. Lisa Buono began her professional career working in the film industry at Egg Pictures.  Deciding to change careers, Dr. Buono attended California Lutheran University, seeking a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance.  Simultaneously, she began teaching in the MFA Producer’s program at UCLA and soon became passionate about higher education.  After completing her master’s degree, she parlayed her teaching experience into a faculty position in the Department of Counseling and Guidance at Cal Lutheran.  In 2011, she earned her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership.  After teaching at the master’s level for 8 years, Dr. Buono was appointed the Interim Director of the Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals (an accelerated bachelor’s degree completion program designed for working adults).  After a national search she was selected as the permanent director in 2013.  In January 2020, Dr. Buono became the Founding Dean of the School for Professional and Continuing Studies at Cal Lutheran, which is home to the Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals Program, the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, and the Center for Lifelong Learning, featuring the Fifty and Better program.  Dr. Buono is a native of California, and grew up in the Thousand Oaks area.  She is an avid hiker and nature photographer. .




  • 2011 Ed.D. Higher Education Leadership, California Lutheran University
  • 2004 M.S. Counseling and Guidance (PPS Specialization), California Lutheran University
  • 1992 B.A. Dramatic Arts, Distinction, University of California, Santa Barbara


Buono, L., & Waddell, J. (2019). From New Student Orientation to Graduation: A High-Touch Outreach Model for Post-Traditional Learners. CAEL Forum And News.

Buono, L. L. (2011). Thinking like twenty-first century learners: An exploration of blog use in a skills-based counselor education course. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (Accession Order No. 10038)

Buono, L. L., Uellendahl, G. E., Guth, L. J., Dandeneau, C. J. (2011). The use of technology in counselor education and supervision. In G. McAuliffe, & K. Eriksen (eds.), Handbook of cousnelor preparation: Constructivist, developmental, and experiential approaches (pp. 377-392). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Uellendahl, G., Stephens, D., Buono, L., & Lewis, R. (2009, September 14). Support Personnel Accountability Report Card (SPARC): A measure to support school counselor accountability efforts. Journal of School Counseling, 7(32). Retrieved from 

Uellendahl, G. E., Rennebolm, M., & Buono, L. (2008). School counseling abroad. Professional Counseling Digest, ACAPCD-17, American Counseling Association.

Uellendahl, G. E., Rennebolm, M., & Buono, L. (2008). Counseling abroad. In J. Allen (Ed.), Empowering the 21st Century Professional Counselor. Ann Arbor, MI: Counseling Outfitters, LLC.



Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) International Conference, November 2017, (Waddell, J., Buono, L., Bueno, M., & Fenstermaker, K. presenters).  Presented: Increase Retention at Your Institution: Capitalize on the Tenacity of Your Post-Traditional Learners. 

California Association of School Counselors 9th Annual State Conference, November 2008, (Gail Uellendahl, Ph.D., Diana Stephens, M.A., Lisa Buono, M.S., & Bob Tyra presenters). Presented: Support Personnel Accountability Report Card: Implications for Training and Practice