Virginia “Gin” Schwarz earned her Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric and M.S. in Education Leadership and Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An alum of San Diego State and Cal State Long Beach, Virginia is a first-generation college student who is thrilled to return home to California and continue her career at State. Her research focuses on assessment, evaluation, and the social and rhetorical construction of merit. Virginia’s most recent project explores contract grading and the different ways writing teachers engage this classroom practice depending on their beliefs, values, identities, and contexts. Her work appears in Composition Studies, Journal of Writing Assessment, College Composition and Communication, and Critical Theory and Qualitative Data Analysis in Education. Before coming to SFSU, Virginia taught technical and general education writing courses at various community colleges in Los Angeles, CA; Portland, OR; and Madison, WI. Virginia enjoys geeking out about all things teaching and cares deeply about supporting both undergraduate and graduate students. She loves vegetarian food, Pokemon GO, and her cat, Mr. Zucchini Ralphie.