Loyola University Maryland

Department of English

Alumni Profile - Jean Lee Cole, '91

1991

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

1994

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.

1994-1995

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

1995-1997

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!

1997-1998

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

1998-1999

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.

1999-2000

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.

2001

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

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Carol Abromaitis
Faculty

Carol Abromaitis, Ph.D.

Dr. Abromaitis, professor emerita of English and Catholic Studies, taught at Loyola for five decades in addition to advising students bound for law school

English, Catholic Studies