P. Daniel Chen

Associate Professor, Counseling and Higher Education, Program Coordinator, Higher Education
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As a higher education scholar and educator, I believe that empirical research is the foundation of sound practice. I also believe while applying theories is important, educators must pay attention to individual differences. I apply these two principles both in my research and teaching.

Prior to became a faculty member at the UNT, I had worked in various industrial and educational setting. I have served in the Chinese Army and I have been holding positions as biomedical engineer, webmaster, violence prevention and intervention counselor, policy analyst, and research scientist both in the U.S. and Taiwan. For three years from 2005 to 2008 I worked for the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) at the Indiana University Bloomington, where I conducted higher education research and psychometric studies using NSSE data. Prior to that I did policy analysis as the Assistant to the Policy and Training Director at the Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance.


My goal as a higher education educator is to teach and inspire students to maximize their potential and to contribute their knowledge and experiences in their field of practice. In my own career I have had the good fortunate to be mentored by some of the best higher education scholars of this generation. I would like to pass down what I have learned from them and to mentor future higher education leaders.


My research interests focus around the issue of student success and student development. Topics of interest include college student’s moral and spiritual development, civic engagement, ethical issues in higher education, the influence of technology on student learning and development, assessing student learning outcomes, effective teaching and learning strategy in the online learning environment, and diversity and equity issues in higher education.



UNT Position:

Associate Professor of Higher Education 


Teaching Areas:

Research on Higher Education, Institutional Effectiveness, Quantitative Research Methods, Student Demographics, Research on Student


Research Interests:

College student’s moral and spiritual development, civic engagement, ethics, technology and student learning and development, assessment, online learning, and diversity and equity issues in higher education



Finding quality responses: The problem of low-quality survey responses and its impact on accountability measures

Chen, P. D.

Research in Higher Education, 52(7)



Engaging online learners: The impact of web-based learning technology on college student engagement

Chen, P. D., Lambert, A. D., & Guidry, K. R.

Computers & Education, 54, 1222-1232



Analyzing and interpreting NSSE data

Chen, P. D., Gonyea, R. M., Sarraf, S. A., BrckaLorenz, A., Korkmaz, A., Lambert, A. D., Shoup, R., & Williams, J. M.

New Directions for Institutional Research, 141, 35-54



Comparing the utility of the 2000 and 2005 Carnegie classification systems in research on students’ college experiences and outcomes

McCormick, A. C., Pike, G. R., Kuh, G. D., & Chen, P. D.

Research in Higher Education, 50(2), 119-214



Learning at a distance: Engaged or not?

Chen, P. D., Kuh, G. D., & Gonyea, R. M.

Innovate Journal of Online Education