Denise earned her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in political philosophy from Fordham University. She joined the Holy Cross department of Political Science in 1995; she was promoted to associate professor in 2002 and professor in 2013. In addition to teaching a variety of political philosophy courses in the political science department, she has taught several first-year seminars and has served as an advisor on numerous honors theses and Washington Semester theses. Prior to assuming her current position as Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Provost’s Office, she was Chair of the Political Science Department (2006-2009); Director of Montserrat (2010-2014); Associate Dean of the Faculty (2014-2016); and Special Adviser to the President for the Vocare Initiative (2016-2017). A past recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Schaeffer has authored, co-authored, and co-edited numerous scholarly publications, including Socratic Philosophy and Its Others (2013), Rousseau on Education, Freedom and Judgment (2014) and Plato’s Euthydemus (2010). She was awarded the College’s Arthur J. O’Leary Faculty Recognition Award in 2004 and the Mary Louise Marfuggi Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship in 2014.