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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  (Please note I am not on campus during summer/winter)
IVC Phone: (760) 355-6527 (I will not get messages to this phone during summer/winter sessions.

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:  Online only: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.     
                           Tuesday:  On campus, Room 1710: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
                           Wednesday:  Online only: 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
                           Thursday:  Online only - 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.    

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/Spring/Summer 2019:
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);    

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 Summer 2019 Online Students: 
Class starts on June 17 and runs to July 25, 2019

Please log into Canvas on June 17 to get started on the class. Once you log into Canvas, click on the Course Shell for "Summer 2019, History 121 CRN 30055 to see the course.  On the home page, there is a link: "Welcome to the Class - Start Here"  Click this link to read instructions for how to proceed in the class. Then click on Modules to read the Course Syllabus, then get started with Module 1.  

Module 1 is due June 19 and if you don't complete Module 1 by the deadline, you will be dropped from the class as a No ShowContact your instructor by email if you are having any problems so they can be resolved immediately. I don't want you to get frustrated. 

For Summer 2018:  the class is currently full and there is already a full wait list. If any openings come up, I have to take students from the wait list first, so try and get on the wait list before June 17

If you are still on the wait list when class starts on June 17, please email to let me know you are still interested in the class.  If an opening occurs during the first two days of classes, then I can email you an add code if your name gets to the top of the list.  This is the only way you can possibly add the class this summer.  The last day to add classes is June 19, so after that I can no longer add any students.

If it is before classes start, the only way to get in is to get on the wait list. Then if students drop before the start of class, you will get an email from the college giving you 24 hours to register for the course.  If you don't register in the 24 hour time period, you lose your chance and it goes to the next student on the Wait list.  If you are not on the wait list, you probably won't be able to get into the class. 

If you are enrolled in the class, please log into the class on June 17 and check it out.  Make sure it is the right class for you and that you have the time it will take to complete the course work. This is an intense short 6 week session and there are assignments due every other day.  If you don't have the time or access to a computer every day, you are probably not going to be able to do well in this class.  If you feel this is not the right class for you, please drop yourself through Webstar immediately so another student has a chance to add the class.

See you Online.

Mary-Jo Wainwright
History Professor