Dr. Stephanie Helms Pickett

Associate Vice Provost


North Carolina State University


Stephanie Helms Pickett identifies as a dangerously privileged curator of faith. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio & Television Broadcasting from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; and a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. She has worked at private, public, single-sex, predominantly White and historically Black institutions of higher education, in residence life, commuter life, multicultural affairs, orientation, leadership, international student affairs, disability services, academic support services and as an Education Consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She serves as the Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Strategic Practice in the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity at North Carolina State University. Prior to the appointment, she served as the Director of Assessment and Professional Development, as well as the Director of the Women’s Center at Duke University. Dr. Helms Pickett is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership and Higher Education Policy in the College of Education at NC State University and Adjunct Professor in the Duke University Divinity School. Her research interests are in the areas of higher education policy, women’s engagement, cultural competency, faith and leadership. She is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and uses it in her practice to assist others in developing an intercultural mindset. She presently serves as a member of the AVP Steering Committee for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and as a member of the BRIDGES Advisory Board, a leadership program advancing women in higher education. She most recently served as board president of the Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women which engages in preparing incarcerated women for reentry. She is the author of six books, “Later Never Came Until Now,” “Her Name Is SHE,” “Worshipper in the Workplace and “this book right here: a 40-week devotional to manifesting your purpose, vol I, II and III.” Dr. Helms Pickett writes a weekly blog that may be found on the website, drhelmspickett.com.