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Mary Jo Wainwright
Mary Jo Wainwright

Mary Jo Wainwright

Professor of History

M.A. in History, California State University, East Bay
B.A. in History, University of California, Berkeley

Before coming to the Imperial Valley in 2004, I lived most of my life in the San Francisco Bay area.  I worked in the legal field before I began teaching computer applications in 1995 and community college history in 1998.  I also work as a public historian and consultant on museum exhibits and published my first book in 2007: Images of America, Pleasanton, California.  I specialize in California and United States History.

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Tuesday, 30 March 2010 16:35

Instructor Information

Written by Mary Jo Wainwright


IVC Campus, Room 1710
IVC Phone: (760) 355-6527

The best way to reach me is by email.  If you want to talk with me over the phone, please email me your phone number and a good time to call you and I will be glad to call you back. 

Office Hours:      Monday:       5:00 to 6:00 p.m. (online only) 
                           Tuesday:        4:30 to 6:00 p.m. (Room 1710)
                           Wednesday:  3:00 to 3:30 p.m. (online only)
                           Thursday:      1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (Room 1710)

                           No Office Hours During Summer or Winter sessions

Courses Taught:

History 120 - U.S. History to 1877
History 121 - U.S. History from 1877 to present
History 222 - California History

Required Textbooks for Winter/Fall 2017:
History 120:     Out of Many, Vol. One, Brief Sixth Edition, Faragher, et al. 2012 (ISBN-9780205010639)  

History 121:   Out of Many, Vol. Two, Brief Sixth Edition, Faragher, et al. 2012 (ISBN-9780205010622);    (There is one additional book required for Hist 121 CRN 10577 and 10580 only, info available on the syllabus)

History 222:  California: An Interpretative History, 10th Edition, Rawls, James, 2012 (ISBN 9780073406961) (There is one additional book required for Hist 222, see syllabus for more info)

Make sure you get the right book for the class. 
If you have any questions, please email the instructor at  

Please log into Canvas to get lecture outlines and chapter study guides for all classes.

Attention Online Students:

There is one mandatory on-campus meeting for the History 120 & 121 Online classes:

1. Mandatory Fall 2017 Orientation:  August 14, 2017 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 208

If you are registered in one of my online classes for Fall 2017, you must come to the Orientation, or you could be dropped from the class if you do not contact me by email prior to 4:30 p.m. on August 14 with a good reason why you cannot come and you must be self-sufficient in being able to log on to Canvas and completing the first assignments for Module 1 by the due date. Attending the Orientation is the first step to your successful completion of this course.

If you are trying to crash the class, the ONLY way you can crash is to come to the Orientation.  I will not know how many openings I have until then.  Further instructions will be given at the Orientation.

You can log in to Canvas on August 14 before the Orientation to browse around and check out the class and you can bring your questions to the Orientation.

See you at the Orientation!

For the Fall 2017 semester:  Mandatory Orientation for Online Classes:
August 14, 2017 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 208