A recognized leader in the field of Chinese pedagogy, Chen has been teaching Mandarin Chinese since 1989. She holds a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education from Indiana University 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. Chen has been an AP Chinese Course and Exam consultant for the College Board since 2006. Her research interests include foreign language pedagogy, foreign language learning strategies, second language acquisition, heritage language learners, technology assisted learning/teaching, and Chinese language films.