Yea-Fen Chen

Yea-Fen Chen

Director, Chinese Flagship Center

  • (812) 855-4249
  • Global and International Studies Building 2030
  • Office Hours
    By Appointment Only


  • Ph.D., Foreign Language Education, Indiana University


Dr. Yea-Fen Chen, director of the Chinese Flagship Center, is a tenured professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and a recognized leader in the field of Chinese pedagogy.

A teacher of Mandarin Chinese since 1989, Dr. Chen holds a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education from IU and has co-authored many Chinese language textbooks, including Integrated Chinese. She served as the Executive Director of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (U.S.) from 2010 to 2014. Before coming to IU, she was the coordinator of the Chinese Program and the Asian Studies Certificate Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has taught at the renowned Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at National Taiwan Normal University.

Dr. Chen has been an AP Chinese Course and Exam consultant for the College Board since 2006 and is also a certified ACTFL OPI tester. Her research interests include foreign language pedagogy, foreign language learning strategies, second language acquisition, heritage language learners, technology assisted learning/teaching, and distance learning/teaching.