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Dr. Helen Chen

Senior Vice Provost for Instructional Programs

Holladay Hall 101B, Box 7101


Dr. Helen Chen serves as Senior Vice Provost for Instructional Programs at NC State University. In this role, Chen oversees the following: NC State Continuing and Lifelong Education, Digital Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA), Institute for Advanced Analytics, academic program planning including new degree programs and dual degree programs, and other select university-wide academic programs. She is responsible for providing the Office of Instructional Programs with a strong vision for the future of the office and related higher education initiatives including the integration of for- and not-for-credit, on- and off-campus, hybrid, and distance programming that allows for the constant evolution of NC State’s educational offerings.

Previously, Chen served as head of the Division of Experience-based Learning and Career Education and an associate provost at the University of Cincinnati. There, she worked closely with deans and other university administrators to strategically collaborate with 14 academic colleges, and corporate and community partners, to expand and enhance the quality of a portfolio of the university’s academic programs, focusing on experience-based learning, career education, workforce development and trans-disciplinary collaboration.

Chen is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, Association for Computing  Machinery, Council on Undergraduate Research, Institute of Electrical and  Electronics Engineers, and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association. She received her Bachelor of Science in electronics engineering from Zhejiang University, and her Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from the University of Cincinnati.