After receiving her PhD in American diplomatic history at Washington State University in 1978, Denise Conover taught in Washington state, Indiana, and Connecticut. She moved with family to Logan, Utah in 1991 and taught at Weber State University before joining USU in 1993. For the next twenty years, she taught a variety of introductory upper-division courses, including courses on World War II in Europe, World War II in Asia, and the Cold War. Since her retirement in 2013, Conover has spent much of her time traveling to both coasts to visit family. She remains passionately devoted to historical study.