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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. (Room 1710) 
                           Tuesday:        4:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Room 1710)
                           Wednesday:  10:00 to 11:00 a.m. (online only)
                           Thursday:      9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (online only)

                           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 Fall 2016:
History 120:     Out of Many, Vol. One, Brief Sixth Edition, Faragher, et al. 2012 (ISBN-9780205010639)    (There is one additional book required for Hist 120 CRN 10568, info available on the syllabus)

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 10586, info available on the syllabus)

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

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

Attention Online Students:

There are two mandatory on campus meetings for the History 120 & 121 Online classes:

1. Mandatory Orientation:  August 15, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Room 208

2. Final Exam: December 5, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Room 208

If you are registered in one of my online classes for Fall 2016, you must come to the Orientation, or you could be dropped from the class if you do not contact me by email prior to 4:00 p.m. on August 15 with a good reason why you cannot come and you must be self-sufficient in being able to log on to Blackboard and completing the first assignments 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 Blackboard on August 15 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!