Position: Associate Dean for Academic Success; Professor, Dance
Location: Ruebush Hall, Room 108
Phone: (540) 678-4479
Employed Since: 1997
Dance Composition, Modern Dance, Modern Dance Pedagogy, Movement for Musicians, Senior Concert Seminar, First Year Seminar
Conservatory Professional Highlights:
Ting-Yu Chen, M.F.A., Ed.D., became Shenandoah Conservatory’s first Asian American female Associate Dean for Student Affairs in 2017. She joined Shenandoah University (SU) in 1997 as a dance faculty member and served as the dance division chair in 2014. As associate dean, she champions for student academic success and well-being. She cultivates student agency and leadership and provides necessary guidance for faculty to help learners navigate complex human challenges from the start to degree completion.
Chen has held a faculty appointment as professor of dance for more than 2 decades. She relishes teaching choreography, creative thinking and authentic expression to budding artists and scholars with an eye towards social justice. Chen has presented her cross-disciplinary research and teaching at conferences and university programs. Her research and teaching have served numerous singers and instrumentalists to advance their professional goals and well-being through body awareness and movement. Additionally, Chen has taught inter-professionally to health professions students and faculty. Her work facilitates a greater level of self-awareness and observational skills necessary for effective nonverbal communication, applicable to patient evaluation for health care providers.
Chen was a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) fellow in Spring 2021 and became a COIL faculty trainer with the Barzinji Institute of Global Virtual Learning at SU. Chen has served numerous faculty participants from SU and partner institutions in the Middle East and Southeast Asia since fall 2021. She facilitates topics on inclusive teaching pedagogy and power dynamics in intercultural teaching and learning spaces that enhance cross-cultural communication skills and global competence for both teachers and learners.
Chen received the 2023 Hearts for the Arts Award by the Shenandoah Arts Council. She has been a grant recipient of the Taiwanese National Arts Council of Cultural and Educational Development Foundation, the Greater Columbus Arts Council in Ohio and the Shenandoah Arts Council. Chen’s creative scholarship and teaching have spanned the globe.
Chen has served as a Statewide Advisory Panelist for Fellowships in Choreography of the Virginia Commission for the Arts and external dance program reviewer for the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and Goucher College. Chen is a member of the Senior Leadership Seminar in The Virginia Network a program of the ACE Women’s Network, an editorial board member of the Journal of Performing Arts Leadership in Higher Education, a member of World Dance Alliance – Pacific Asia, Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance, and Shenandoah Arts Council. She is a certified Reiki Master Teacher, and a Higher Education consultant for faculty on setting healthy boundaries, navigating difficult situations in the classroom and workplace, and self-care strategies.
Chen holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the Ohio State University and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Shenandoah University.
B.F.A., State University of New York-Purchase; M.F.A., The Ohio State University; Ed. D. Shenandoah University.
I invite my students to explore their inner strength and wisdom, and pursue their passion relentlessly with unbounded creative energy, curiosity and imagination, a birthplace for innovation and meaning-making.