Jean Carver Chance is professor emeritus in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida. She received her BS degree in journalism and MAJC degree in communications and political science from UF.
Before joining the UF faculty, she was staff writer for the Miami Herald, St. Petersburg Times, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Tampa Times and Tampa Tribune bureau chief. During her 34-year teaching career, she served professional summers at the Miami Herald, St. Petersburg Times and Dallas Morning News and was writing coach for Florida Today and the Ocala Star-Banner. After retiring in 2003, she was elected to the board of directors of The Independent Florida Alligator and is chairman of the board of Campus Communications Inc. She is an independent media consultant.