Dr. Huber received a doctorate from Michigan State University in 1967. She taught at the University of Notre Dame before joining the sociology department faculty at the University of Illinois in 1971.
She was named head of that department in 1979. An author and researcher, she is a past president of the American Sociological Association.
She was named dean of the college of social and behavioral sciences at Ohio State University in 1984 and was appointed provost in 1992.