Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Humboldt State University

Mary VirnocheMary Virnoche is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Humboldt State University. Since 2006, she has served on the University Senate, chairing the Academic Policies and Faculty Affairs committees. Mary has led department- and university-wide curricular and programmatic changes addressing retention, graduation, and overall student success of first generation and minoritized college students. She is an early adopter and leader in data informed planning and advising, including the development and coordination of major-based peer mentoring. She collaborates with colleagues in STEM on diversity research and curriculum. In 2018-19, she served as a Faculty Associate in the Office of the Vice Provost coordinating the campus implementation of CSU system-wide changes in Math, English and general education.  Mary was a WREI Congressional Fellow in Washington, D.C. working on policy related to gender, work, and housing. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Gender, Race & Class, as well as Qualitative Research Methods. She earned a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado at Boulder.