Anita G. Welch

Anita G. Welch
Dean and Professor

441 Education Bldg.

Office Hours: By Appointment



Anita G. Welch, Ph.D. is Dean of the College of Education at Wayne State University. Welch comes to Wayne State from Ball State University, where she was the associate dean of the Teachers College and a professor of educational studies. She previously served as associate professor and division head of curriculum and instruction and educational technology at Emirates College for Advanced Education in Abu Dhabi.
Welch earned her Ph.D. in 2007 from the University of Kansas, where she was an adjunct professor of Teacher Education before holding positions as an assistant and associate professor at North Dakota State University. She also holds a master’s in secondary science education from Pittsburgh State University, a master’s in medieval studies from the University of Connecticut, and a bachelor’s in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Research Interests

Welch’s research is focused on mid-career faculty advancement, post-secondary teaching standards, and cross-cultural studies of STEM education. She has more than 22 years of experience teaching in higher education, including courses in educational research and statistics, curriculum design, and instructional strategies with emphasis on the use of educational technology in the classroom. Her work has appeared in many top-tier journals, and she has presented her research at conferences around the world. Welch has received funding from numerous sources, including the Abu Dhabi Education Council, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Currently, she is the co-editor of Mid-Career Faculty: Trends, Barriers, and Possibilities, which is due to be published this fall by Brill-Sense Publishers. A former teacher, Welch taught high school biology, chemistry, physics and pre-engineering.