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Robin Matross Helms

Robin Matross Helms

Director, Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement

Specialization: Higher education internationalization; global higher education issues; faculty affairs

Robin Matross Helms is director of ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement. She is responsible for designing and carrying out CIGE’s internationalization research agenda, including the Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses study, and overseeing administration of the Internationalization Laboratory.

Helms' previous experience includes international program management for the Institute of International Education, EF Education and CET Academic Programs, and faculty development program management at the University of Minnesota. She has also worked as a consultant to a number of organizations in the international and higher education fields, including the World Bank, the Institute for Higher Education Policy, the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, and the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

In her role at ACE, Helms works with a broad range of institutions to gather and disseminate good practices for internationalization. Her publications include Internationalizing the Tenure Code: Policies to Promote a Globally Focused Faculty, Mapping International Joint and Dual Degrees: U.S. Program Profiles and Perspectives, and International Higher Education Partnerships: A Global Review of Standards and Practices.

Helms holds an A.B. degree in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College.​