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Longtime Loyola Professor Receives 2021 Distinguished Editor Award – Newsroom


| By Jessica Goldstein

Jean Lee Cole, Ph.D., professor of English at Loyola University of Maryland, recently received the 2021 Distinguished Editor Award from the Council of Scholarly Journal Editors (CELJ). She was unanimously selected for her writing of the academic journal American periodicalswhich she edited from 2015 to 2020.

CELJ award recognizes Cole for bringing more visibility to American periodicals while making the publication more inclusive.

“Cole is also committed to using editorial work as a way to foster intellectual community, particularly by making mentorship of young scholars an integral part of the review process. In doing so, she also brought many and diverse voices to the three core business activities of journaling, submissions, review and publication,” CELJ wrote. “In sum, Cole’s tireless work on American periodicals and her efforts to make publishing more equitable and inclusive set her apart as an engaged, field-shaping editor and well-deserving of this honour.

The CELJ award is one of many Cole has won in recent years for his work. Last year, Cole’s latest book, How the Other Half Laughs: Comic Sensibility in American Culture, 1895-1920received honorable mentions for the Charles Hatfield Book Prize and the Research Society for American Periodicals Book Prize.

“This is a well-deserved recognition of Professor Cole’s dedication and skill,” said Peggy O’Neill, Ph.D., Loyola Associate Dean of Humanities. “Jean’s focus not only on excellence, but also on mentoring emerging scholars illustrates his commitment to his discipline as well as to equity and inclusion.

Cole served in an advisory capacity on The Winnifred Eaton Archive, which won an Honorable Mention 2022 Open Scholarship Award from INKE (Implementing New Knowledge Environments). Cole was also the 2017 recipient of Loyola’s Nachbahr Prize for Humanities Scholarship.

“Dr. Cole shares the skills she uses in her professional scholarship with her students and with faculty. She embodies Loyola’s core values ​​of academic excellence and the constant challenge to improve,” said Kathy Forni, Ph.D., English teacher and chair of the English department.

Cole has taught English Literature at Loyola since 2001 and will retire from the University in June.

Learn more about Cole and his work at Loyola University Maryland.