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Erin McHenry-Sorber

Assistant Professor of Higher Education, West Virginia University

Erin McHenry-Sorber has been an assistant professor in Higher Education at West Virginia University since 2014. Prior to coming to WVU, she worked as an assistant professor at Wilkes University. Her research deals with the internal and external structures and contexts that influence rural schools and communities and their relationships. She won the National Rural Education Association Howard A. Dawson Best Research Paper Award in 2016. She serves as a consulting editor for the Journal of Research in Rural Education, as chairperson of the advisory board for The Rural Educator, and as a member of the NREA Higher Education/Research Committee. Her courses include Higher Education Curriculum/Reform, Diversity Issues in Higher Education, Higher Education Policy and Politics, Leadership and Organizations, Women and Gender Issues in Higher Education, and Qualitative Research Methods. She obtained a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the Pennsylvania State University, a M.Ed. from Harvard University in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, and a B.S. Ed. From Bucknell University in Secondary Education and English. Prior to working in higher education, McHenry-Sorber taught high school English and middle school reading and worked as a school district grant writer.


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    Assistant Professor of Higher Education, West Virginia University