Professor Butterfield teaches Corrections courses at Winona State University. She has seven years of experience as a Juvenile Probation Officer in Oregon (2002- 2009). While there she helped mount a successful legislative drive to amend Oregon law regarding juvenile drunk drivers. Professor Butterfield also worked in addictions and mental health for four years, becoming a licensed social worker and state certified treatment specialist.
Additionally, Professor Butterfield has 6 years of experience teaching criminal justice and sociology undergraduate classes in her home state of Massachusetts. She worked as an adjunct professor at a liberal arts college in Springfield, and as a Doctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She is currently finishing her PhD in Criminology at UMASS Lowell and is writing her dissertation on the efficacy of international community corrections programs. Professor Butterfield is also working on research publications related to bias in juvenile courts, and employment morale among community corrections workers.