Kathleen Lis Dean, Ph.D.

Dr. Dean brings extensive experience helping organizations connect strategy, evaluation, and learning for program improvement and impact. Her career spans over two decades collaborating with higher education, nonprofit, and philanthropic organizations. Dr. Dean draws on her research in boundary-spanning teams, strategic thinking, and organizational learning to help clients achieve their vision. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association and Ohio Program Evaluators’ Group. While at the University of Maryland, Dr. Dean earned her doctorate degree in Higher Education Policy and Leadership. She received a master’s degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Delaware.

Personal Vision Statement

“My hope is that organizations come to view curiosity and center learnings vital activities needed to achieve their goals. As an external evaluator, I see my role as that of a “critical friend” who facilitates learning through inquiry that informs strategy.”