After receiving her Ph.D. in Religious Ethics from Florida State University in 2009, Betsy began her career in a postdoctoral fellowship program designed to introduce recent graduates to the challenges and rewards of teaching undergraduates in the context of a residential liberal arts college. As part of this this program, organized by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, she spent a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Lake Forest College. This experience ignited her passion for undergraduate education, turned her research trajectory toward scholarship on teaching and learning, and convinced her to continue working within the context of a small liberal arts college in her next position as Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Marymount Manhattan College. After making the move to Rice in 2012, she was able to pursue her interest in undergraduate pedagogy by working with students and faculty in Rice's newly developed Program in Writing and Communication. In this role, she taught a series of disciplinary-based first-year seminars and contributed to the PWC's faculty development programming for those teaching first-year writing courses. And in July of 2014, she began her current position as Assistant Director of Rice's newly established Center for Teaching Excellence.
Trained as a comparative ethicist, Betsy's research lies at the intersection of moral philosophy and the history of religion, with a specific focus on Muslim, Christian, and secular political ethics. Her disciplinary scholarship uses contemporary western political philosophy to engage Catholic and Muslim arguments about the nature of legal tolerance within the context of moral and religious pluralism. And her scholarship on teaching and learning has employed this work to raise related questions about the nature of tolerance within the context of a morally and religiously diverse classroom. As an affiliate faculty member in the department of religion, Betsy also teaches at least one undergraduate course a year.