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Elizabeth teaches Business Ethics to undergraduate students and Corporate Social Responsibility in the MBA program. Prior to joining the Brennan School faculty she taught theological and philosophical business ethics and social ethics full time in the Religious Studies Department at DePaul University and prior to that she taught part-time at DePaul and Loyola University Chicago. Elizabeth has a PhD in theology from Loyola University Chicago, where she was in the Christian social ethics program. Her areas of specialization are ethical methodology and business, ethics as it relates to U.S. immigration law and policy, and virtue ethics. She has five years experience working as a paralegal in a private law firm on immigration cases, including employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant petitions. She has worked with senior business executives and senior partners in law firms in the Chicago area as they explore the intersection of faith, ethics and business within the context of their own work settings and leadership positions. Elizabeth is also a frequent speaker throughout the Chicago area on various issues related to social ethics.
In the classroom two of her main priorities are teaching ethical methodology and practical application of the methodology. She strives to help students understand what it means to think methodologically, what their own implicit or explicit ethical methodologies are, what the ethical methodologies of others in the workplace will most likely be, and how to apply this knowledge to a wide variety of ethical dilemmas/goals/priorities in the business world today. An additional element of the practical application is offering the opportunity for students to expand the classroom out into the Chicago area with different service learning options. Students have the option of doing everything from tax preparation for low income individuals, creating presentations on financial literacy at local non-profits, doing research on employment, educational and vocational options in underserved neighborhoods, and teaching introductory business ethics modules to grade school children. Her extensive experience with service learning has taught her that students often learn more about ethical decision-making and assessing corporate impact and responsibility when they are out in the community. She also believes service learning helps students understand the connection between Caritas et Veritas and the impact that businesses have on society.