Elizabeth “Libby” Butler, PhD

Adjunct Professor

Areas of Interest

I study the technical and normative models that impact school achievement in diverse learning environments with a social justice lens. In recent years, my focus has specifically intensified towards equitable mathematics instruction and redefining core math learning.

Why USD?

Teaching in the USD Online MEd program provides me with ongoing opportunities to share my knowledge and expertise with professional educators around the world who are actively seeking to increase their capacity to meet the needs of students. Through this work, I too grow in my capacity as an educator. Engaging with students through the online platform is convenient and flexible but USD provides structure and digital tools that help me to build relationships with students as I support their learning.

Advice for Future Students?

This program is very accessible for any student seeking to increase their capacity as an educator. Make sure you have adequate time to fully engage in the course materials and with your fellow students. Take advantage of office hours. The instructors in this program are eager to engage with students, with individual interactions being the most enjoyable part of the work. Do not hesitate to reach out, even if just to chat.

Fun fact about yourself?

I love road trips. I once drove 8,000 miles during a 6-week road trip across North America by myself with my 4- and 7-year-old daughters. It was a summer vacation we will never forget!