Prior to coming to Ball State University, Welch was associate professor and Division Head of Curriculum & Educational Technology at the Emirates College for Advanced Education in Abu Dhabi. Her research interests include post-tenure mentoring, teaching dispositions, cross-cultural studies of STEM education, the development and psychometric analysis of instruments used in distance education, and dissertation methodology. Dr. Welch has over 20 years of experience teaching in higher education in the US, including courses in educational research, research methodology for education, and instructional strategies with emphasis on the use of educational technology in the classroom. She has also led study abroad trips to Turkey and Italy. As a high school teacher in the US, she taught courses in chemistry, physics, biology, and pre-engineering.