Jean A. Grace


Senior Lecturer,
Assoc. Director, Composition
Director, PPW
Assoc. Director, Writing Center
CL 501K, OSC 317B


Jean A. Grace earned her doctorate and masters in English from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the associate director of the Composition program.

She is also the founding director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Public and Professional Writing program, in which she teaches Writing for the Public, Integrating Writing and Design, Written Professional Communication, and Advanced Research and Documentary Writing.

Jean serves as the associate director of the University of Pittsburgh Writing Center, where she develops technology resources, oversees day-to-day operations, helps to develop new programs, and leads, with Ellen Smith, Dissertation Boot Camp several times a year. She also teaches Tutoring Peer Writers, the course for new undergraduate Writing Center tutors, which is favored by students who want to teach writing at the secondary or college level.

In addition, she serves as the chair of the English Department web committee, facilitating a multi-year revision of the Department’s web presence across six websites.

She is a recipient of the Pitt English Department's Distinguished Teaching Award. She has also taught writing in Pitt’s College of Business Administration and graduate classes at both the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management and the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

Jean has created publications for a number of foundations and nonprofits (especially focused on end-of-care, nursing policy, and nonprofit administration) and has served as a developmental editor for several published books.

She has developed a workshop on professional writing for humanities doctoral students who want to explore alternatives to tenure-stream academic employment.