Beate Baltes

Senior Core Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Doctor of Education (EdD)

Beate Baltes brings to her current role as senior research faculty in the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences a distinguished career in higher education spanning over three decades, both in the United States and in her native Germany. Throughout her career, Dr. Baltes has held several academic leadership positions, including Department Chair, Associate Director for Faculty Excellence, and Program Director of the EdD Teacher Leadership program. Her experience in these roles has provided her with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of higher education.

In addition to her leadership roles, Dr. Baltes has demonstrated exceptional abilities in teaching and mentoring, service, and scholarship, and was recognized for her achievements with the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2013. Her current research interests focus primarily on eLearning and virtual communities of practice, as well as the completion rates of doctoral students at online universities.

Dr. Baltes is a sought-after presenter at national and international conferences, and her research findings are frequently published in peer-reviewed journals. Her scholarly contributions have affected the field of higher education, highlighting her commitment to advancing knowledge and understanding in her area of expertise.


EdD, United States International University

Diploma, University of Munich

Public Service

German-American School Association, Volunteer - Los Angeles

Awards / Honors

Rita Turner Award, Walden University, 2019

Bernard L. Turner Award, Walden University, 2019

Faculty Excellence Award, , 2013

Outstanding Dissertation Award, United States International University, 1996


Baltes, B. R., Nistor, N., Berndt, M. Effect of Additional Early Support on Doctoral Students’ Prospectus Completion. Journal of Educational Research & Practice

Soalablai, S., Wilson, A. M., Baltes, B. R. (2022). Elementary teachers’ use of 1:1 tablets in lesson planning and presentation on a Western Pacific Island. Journal of Educational Research & Practice

Nelson, S., Baltes, B. What’s more important to academic performance: Grit, student engagement, or neither? . Journal of Applied Research in the Community College

Baltes, B., Brown, M. S. (2018). Impact of additional early feedback on doctoral capstone proposal approval. . International Journal of Online Graduate Education

Brown, M. S., Baltes, B. (2017). The relationship between social change involvement and education. Journal of Social Change

Baltes, B., Brown, M. S. (2016). The impact of early prospectus review. International Journal of Management and Applied Science

Mitchell, I., Nistor, N., Baltes, B., Brown, M. S. (2016). Effect of vocabulary test preparation on low-income Black middle school students’ reading scores. Journal of Educational Research and Practice

Nistor, N., ŞtefanTrăuşan-Matu, S., Dascălu, M., Duttweiler, H., Chiru, C., Baltes, B., Smeaton, G. (2015). Finding student-centered open learning environments on the Internet: Automated dialogue assessment in academic virtual communities of practice. Computers in Human Behavior

Baltes, B., Hernandez, D., Collins, C. (2015). Increasing cultural awareness through a cultural awareness program. Journal of Educational Research and Practice

Baldasaro, M., Nancy, M., Baltes, B. (2014). A study of a knowledge community's perceptions of the loss of place. ERIC

Henry, D., Baltes, B., Nistor, N. (2014). Examining the relationship between math scores and English language proficiency. Journal of Educational Research and Practice

Schlieder, M., Maldonado, N., Baltes, B. (2014). An investigation of “Circle of Friends” peer-mediated intervention for students with autism. The Journal of Social Change

Nistor, N., Baltes, B., Dascalu, M., Mihăilă, D., Smeaton, G., Trausan-Matu, S. (2013). Participation in virtual academic communities of practice under the influence of technology acceptance and community factors. A learning analytics application. Computers in Human Behavior

Nistor, N., Dascalu, M., Trausan-Matu, S., Mihaila, D., Baltes, B., Smeaton, G. (2013). Virtual communities of practice in academia: Automated analysis of collaboration based on the social knowledge-building model.

Nistor, N., Baltes, B., Schustek, M. (2012). Knowledge sharing and educational technology acceptance in online academic communities of practice. Campus Wide Information Systems

Baltes, B., Nistor, N. (2011). Virtual mentoring in communities of practice in an online university: Technology acceptance, technology use, and perceptions of the learning process. . International Journal of Arts and Sciences

Baltes, B., Hoffman-Kipp, P., Lynn, L., Weltzer-Ward, L. (2010). Experiences and indicators related to self-efficacy in online doctoral research courses.

Baltes, B. (2010). Affirming diversity in an online course. Campus Wide Information Systems

Baltes, B., Hoffman-Kipp, P., Lynn, L., Weltzer-Ward, L. (2010). Students' research self-efficacy during online doctoral research courses. Contemporary Issues in Education Research

Weltzer-Ward, L. M., Baltes, B., Lynn, L. K. (2009). Assessing quality of critical thought in online discussion. Campus Wide Information Systems

Jackson, S., Baltes, B. (2009). Online doctoral students’ understanding of information ethics issues: An exploratory study.

Baltes, B., Nistor, N. (2006). e-Learning.

Baltes, B. (2003). E-Learning: Der Blick über den großen Teich.

Baltes, B. (2005). Didaktik des distributed eLearning.

Brock, P., Baltes, B. (2002). Multimedia: Bridging standards and constructivism.

Baltes, B. (2001). Online-Lernen.


Baltes, B. (2017). Cumulative Dissertations. International Conference on Education and Social Science

Baltes, B., Brock, P. (2016). It takes a village for edTPA success. Hawaii International Conference on Education

Brown, M. S., Baltes, B. (2018). The Impact of the Research Program Director's Prospectus Review on Doctoral Capstone Proposal Approval. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education