College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
An anthropologist and lifelong professional musician, Bethe was among the first faculty hired at Governors State University, an experimental interdisciplinary campus in the State of Illinois system. After 20 years, she moved to a tenured faculty position in the Union Institute's interdisciplinary low-residence doctoral program where she remained for 18 years working in action PhD projects with students in many parts of the world. Bethe joined Walden as Contributing Faculty in 2005 and from 2007 until 2015 was faculty in the individualized BA program at Goddard College. She currently serves as the external university member of Goddard's IRB.
Bethe held a year-long National Science Foundation Public Service Science residency in community survival planning (solar energy, food production and preservation, community action) near the beginning of her career. She served for ten years as a member of the board of directors of the Third World Conference Foundation and has subsequently published and created action projects in rural and urban sustainability efforts toward food security, toxicity awareness, and anticipatory planning inthe United States. In 2007, Bethe received Walden's Extraordinary Faculty Award in the School of Public Policy and Administration and its Faculty Excellence Award in 2017. She brings multi-cultural and artistic insights to issues of community problem-solving, policy development, media and communications, and individual quality of life issues and ethics. She developed an internationally known model of earth energies and a related geometric mapping system. Her work in consciousness studies focuses on nature of place and the Buddhist concept of interbeing.