Loyola University Maryland

Department of English

Alumni Profile - Jean Lee Cole, '91

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Lacking job prospects during an economic recession, I went straight into grad school at the University of Texas-Austin.


Having serious doubts about a) finishing my dissertation; and b) finding a job in a difficult academic market, I applied for a 2-year fellowship/internship in academic publishing.


I got the fellowship and began learning about typesetting and book design in the Design and Production Department at University of Texas Press.


My employers were so impressed that they hired me out of the internship to take a full-time position as a book and jacket designer at UT Press. Job secured!


Wanting to finish what I started, I became a freelance graphic designer and returned to my dissertation project part-time.


Wanting to augment my income, I got a position teaching 9th and 11th grade English and serving as publications director at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, TX.


I went back to freelancing to really, finally, once and for all finish my dissertation. I successfully received my Ph.D and applied for professorial jobs, including one at a school I had never heard of before, Loyola College.


To my great surprise, I was hired by Loyola, where you've suffered with me ever since!

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