Following graduation from the University of Colorado in 1992, Bethany pursued a variety of interests: High school teacher, hotel manager, performer & media manager for Disney on Ice, and Major League Baseball mascot. In 2002, Bethany returned to school at the University of Missouri. There she also served as an adjunct professor as well as a newspaper editor, as well as winning several awards for narrative and feature writing.

After Missouri, Bethany went into small-town journalism where she worked as a reporter and then humor columnist in Lincoln County, Oregon. She later switched her journalism pursuits from writing to teaching, when she became a middle and high school journalism, English, and social studies teacher. In 2010 she became the daddy to a daughter he continues to find just this side of perfect. She maintained these roles until enrolling in the University of Oregon in 2015 – though she stayed her daughter's daddy.

Currently, Bethany freelances for local publications as well as blogs on LGBTQ issues for the Huffington Post. In addition to her primary doctoral focus on journalism pedagogy, she is also conducting what she hopes will be pioneering research into the effects of media on transgender identity. She also presents at schools, professional and academic conferences, and even works as a stand-up comedienne helping people understand a very misunderstood part of the population. In recognition of these outreach efforts, she was awarded the UO's Martin Luther King, Jr. Award in 2017.

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