- Ph.D. in Communication with a minor in Psychology, Stanford University, 1998
- B.A. in Communication Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 1993
My current research interests focus on engineering and entrepreneurship education; applications of design thinking methods for curricular change; the pedagogy of portfolios and reflective practice in higher education; and redesigning how learning is recorded and recognized in traditional transcripts and academic credentials.
Professional Affiliations and Organizations
- American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
- Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU)
- Association for Authentic, Experiential Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL)
- EPAC ePortfolio Community of Practice
Honors & Awards
- Batson Lecture Speaker, Association for Authentic, Experiential Evidence-Based Learning, New York, NY, 2019
- Invited Keynote, University of Texas Student Success Summit, Austin, TX, 2018
- Kemper Speaker on Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Webster University, St. Louis, MO, 2016
- Honorable mention research paper award, Exploring the Interest and Intention of Entrepreneurship in Engineering Alumni, ASEE Entrepreneurship and Engineering Innovation Division
Chen, H.L., Powers, K., Prasad, K.V., Anderson, M., Royalty, A., Aquino, M., Gilmartin, S. & Sheppard, S. (2018). A mixed methods approach to understanding how colleges, universities, and employers prepare and support undergraduates in engineering internships. In Proceedings of the ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, San Jose, CA.
Chen, H.L. & Black, T. (2018, April 17). Clear as Mud: Finding Ways to Improve Upon the College Transcript. The evoLLLution.
Penny Light, T., Chen, H.L., Ittelson, J. (2011). Documenting Learning with ePortfolios: A Guide for College Instructors. San Francisco, CA: Wiley.
Hobbies and Interests
- Coaching and mentoring Girl Scouts/FIRST robotics team
- Advocating for and fostering rescue dogs