After receiving a Ph.D. in English from Bowling Green State University, where she was the graduate assistant to the award-winning author, the late James Baldwin, Loretta joined the English and Modern Languages department at Marygrove College in 1985. For over three decades she taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in English and Interdisciplinary Studies.
From 2009-2018, she was the Director of the Honors Program. In 2016, she was recognized for her 20 years of service as the advisor to the Alpha Zeta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. She also served as chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Planning Committee, co-chair of the Academic Symposium Committee, a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan College English Association, the Advisory Board of the African American Literature and Culture Society, and a mentor for the 4th through 8th grade in the Partner Morning Program at Madison Carver Academy and the Winning Futures statewide mentoring program in Detroit.