Jean A. Grace earned her doctorate and masters in English from the University of Pittsburgh.
She is the director of the new William S. Dietrich II Institute for Writing Excellence.
She was 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. She served as the Writing Center's associate director for many years, and was the associate director or acting director of the Composition Program for 4 years.
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 leads Dissertation Camp (with Ellen Smith) and has developed a workshop on professional writing for humanities doctoral students who want to explore alternatives to tenure-stream academic employment.