Born in Minot, North Dakota, Dr. Schmaltz has taught American, European, and World History at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva since 2005. His area of academic specialization concerns ethnic Germans in Russia and the former USSR and German Diaspora. Since 2019, he has been serving as the Departmental Chair of Social Sciences. In connection with his education, research interests, and professional development, he has traveled across the United States and to sixteen countries on four continents (Africa, Europe, North America, and South America). He also has visited current and former German from Russia communities in Argentina, Germany, and Ukraine.
Besides serving as a co-founder and co-executive director of his university’s endowed Institute for Citizenship Studies, Dr. Schmaltz is co-senior editor of its journal Civitas: Journal of Citizenship Studies, as well as editor of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society Heritage Review in Bismarck, North Dakota, and an editorial review board member of the Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Despite significant teaching commitments, Dr. Schmaltz has spoken over the past three decades at more than one hundred conferences, conventions, and public events both here and abroad. He has also produced numerous original articles and German- and Russian-language translations for publication in the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, and the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection at the North Dakota State University Libraries (NDSU) in Fargo.
Dr. Schmaltz’s other contributions have appeared either online or in newsletters, local newspapers, and interdisciplinary academic journals such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, Eurasia Studies Society Journal, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Journal of Genocide Research, Nationalities Papers, Oklahoma Politics, and Yearbook of the Society for German American Studies, as well as in international anthologies by Berghahn Books (New York and Oxford), De Gruyter Publishing (Berlin), the Federal Institute for Culture and History of Germans in Eastern Europe (Oldenburg), the German Cultural Forum of Eastern Europe (Potsdam), and K. G. Saur Verlag (Munich).
In 2003, the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection at NDSU in Fargo published his monograph, An Expanded Bibliography and Reference Guide for the Former Soviet Union’s Germans. He was among a group of recipients of the prestigious American Library Association (ALA) “Choice Academic Book of the Year Award” for 2005, contributing an article to the international compilation edited by Michael Fahlbusch and Ingo Haar: German Scholars and Ethnic Cleansing, 1919-1945.
Additionally, Dr. Schmaltz has secured a number of successful mini- and major grants through the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2014, he also received the John Barton Distinguished Teaching and Service Award at his university.
Besides editing duties, he continues to work long term on various articles, translation pieces, and a number of anticipated book projects for publication, when teaching and administrative duties permit.