Helen Schurke Frasier, Ph.D.

Helen Schurke Frasier, Ph.D.


Position Title
Interim Director: Biology Academic Success Center

Biology Academic Success Center


Helen Schurke Frasier, Ph.D. serves dual roles for the UC Davis campus as the Assistant Vice Provost and Chief of Staff for Undergraduate Education (UE) AND as the Interim Director of Academic Advising for the Biology Academic Success Center (BASC) in the College of Biological Sciences (CBS). In her capacity as Interim Director of Academic Advising, Dr. Frasier leads with a team of fifteen professional academic advisors who support the academic pursuits of students enrolled in the college’s 10 majors and 7 minors. She engages with the college’s Faculty Advisory Committee, the Faculty Master Advisors from each major, and the college leadership to facilitate a network of support for CBS students. She also collaborates with campus partners from the other undergraduate colleges, the Office of the Registrar, Undergraduate Admissions, and New Student Orientation.


In her capacity as Assistant Vice Provost, Dr. Frasier is responsible for broad oversight of the academic programs centrally administered through UE. She monitors academic enhancements and programmatic activities that support undergraduate student success, close achievement gaps, enhance student learning, improve student retention and persistence, and lead to timely degree completion. She manages strategic decision efforts in collaboration with the undergraduate Associate Deans of the four colleges, the Offices of the Chancellor & Provost, and the UC Office of the President; manages the functions of the Accreditation Liaison Officer and liaises with the university’s accrediting commission; and provides principal counsel to the Vice Provost to conceptualize and implement initiatives that advance and support undergraduate academic experiences. Within UE, she works directly with four academic and administrative units: the Center for Leadership Learning, the Testing Services Center, Communications, and Business Operations. She also collaborates to promote and support development activities in service of Undergraduate Education’s mission and vision.


Dr. Frasier’s academic research focuses on institutional factors associated with degree completion, attrition, and time to degree. An accomplished violinist, her performances include symphonic, soundtrack, and solo appearances. She previously served as the Director, Analysis and Policy for Graduate Studies at the University of California, Davis, Manager of Best Practice Initiatives with the Council of Graduate Schools, and Associate Director for Academic and Student Affairs with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University. Dr. Frasier received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. She holds an Ed.M. from Oregon State University and a B.A. in Music (violin and voice) from the University of Puget Sound.