Denolyn Carroll ’92

Denolyn Carroll
“Pace’s Publishing Program revealed an exciting and multilayered world. Every class, every professor, every subject sparked a sense of wonder about the field that has sustained me to this day.”

Denolyn Carroll ’92
Deputy Managing Editor
Essence Magazine


Deputy Managing Editor, Essence Magazine

When Denolyn Carroll started her career as a high-school teacher of English Language, English Literature and Spanish in her native Jamaica, she had no idea where her love of language would lead. Having earned her teacher’s certificate at Mico Teachers College in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1978, she went on to complete a BA at the University of the West Indies, Mona, in 1982, graduating with honors. She was awarded a certificate of merit in public relations from the University’s Extra-Mural department in 1984.

Concurrent to pursuing her bachelor’s degree, Carroll taught at Camperdown High School for five years before a colleague who had segued from teaching into book publishing inspired her to consider that path. She gained experience by working for two years as editorial assistant at Heinemann Educational Books before moving to the United States. Her goal was to enter magazine publishing because she thought she’d enjoy the range and immediacy of the field. Settling in New York City, Carroll continued teaching, this time at St. Raymond’s High School for Boys in The Bronx. She also enrolled in Pace University’s Master of Science Program in Publishing, from which she graduated at the top of her class in 1992.

While completing her master’s thesis, she joined the staff of Class, a publication geared to a Caribbean-, Latin- and African-American readership. During her five years there, she served as senior editor, managing editor and executive editor, and learned valuable lessons about the industry. After leaving Class, Carroll freelanced as a copy editor and writer for several publications, including Essence, Black Enterprise, Black Elegance, American Visions and Black Issues Book Review.

Around this time, Professor Sherman Raskin, the director of Pace’s publishing program, asked her to consider teaching at her alma mater. They agreed that her classes would be scheduled for Saturdays so as not to conflict with her magazine work. Carroll served at Pace as an adjunct professor from 1997 to 2008, lecturing in  Professional Editing: Copyediting and Rewriting and Magazine Writing & Editing.

In December 1999, Essence Magazine, where she had been a freelance copy editor for two years, hired her full-time as editorial production manager. Three months later, Carroll became assistant managing editor, a position she filled until her promotion in June 2004 to deputy managing editor.

Carroll, whose motto is, “The readiness is all,” was a 2005 recipient of the Dyson College Distinguished Achievement Award. With more than 20 years in the publishing industry, Carroll continues to be excited about every opportunity to learn and grow.