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Roy Y. Chan, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Education and Ed.D. Program Director at Lee University, Tennessee. Previously, he served as the Director of TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) between 2019 and 2021, where he led the renewal of a 5-year grant of $1.3 million funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to this, Roy worked at Indiana University Bloomington in the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) and the 21st Century Scholars Program between 2016 and 2019.

Roy is an active member of ASHE, AEFP, AERA, CIES, NASPA, and NAFSA. He has published peer-reviewed journal articles in Research in Higher EducationJournal of Comparative & International Higher Education, and Studies in Higher Education, and has served as an article reviewer for the Journal of Higher Education, Journal of First-generation Student Success, and Journal of International Students. Roy currently serves as Chair of the CIES Study Abroad and International Students (SAIS) Special Interest Group (SIG), where he leads the marketing and communication strategy of its 200+ members in the field of comparative higher education. Outside of CIES, Roy is passionate about doctoral student development, where he presently serves as Committee Member of the AERA Division J Outstanding Dissertation Award, Committee Member of the ASHE Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year, and Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Postsecondary Student Success. Roy also serves as Executive Board Member of the Tennessee Association for Student Success and Retention (TASSR) and At-Large Member of the Indiana University Asian American Pacific Islander Alumni Association (IUAA). 

Roy is the author of the books, COVID-19 and Higher Education in the Global Context: Exploring Contemporary Issues (STAR Scholars, 2022), and Online Teaching and Learning in Higher Education during COVID-19: International Perspectives and Experiences (Routledge, 2021). He holds a Ph.D. in History, Philosophy, and Policy in Education from Indiana University Bloomington, a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, a M.Ed. in Comparative Higher Education from The University of Hong Kong, and a B.A. in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine. Roy has been a visiting scholar at both Harvard University and University of Pennsylvania.

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