Erin McHenry-Sorber, PhD
Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Higher Education Administration Programs
West Virginia University
College of Education and Human Services
Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies
Dr. 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 centers on the internal and external structures and contexts that influence rural schools and communities and their relationships. She has authored papers in the Peabody Journal of Education, the International Journal of Inclusive Education, the Journal of Rural Social Sciences, and Leadership and Policy in Schools. The former publications focus on rural school-community conflict and the politicization of rural community identity. The latter publications investigate the gendered risks and opportunities in Marcellus Shale gas boomtowns and the experiences of rural school leaders in a Marcellus Shale community.
Dr. McHenry-Sorber has presented at numerous conferences, including the annual meetings
of the National Rural Education Association (NREA) and the American Educational
Research Association. She won the NREA 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, Dr. McHenry-Sorber taught high school English and
middle school reading and worked as a school district grant writer.