Instructor U. Tennessee, 1935-1936. Instructor University of California, Los Angeles, 1936-1940, assistant professor, 1940-1948, associate professor, 1948-1954, professor, 1954-1968, chairman department of English, 1965-1968. Founder and editor Nineteenth-Century Fiction, 1945-1968.
Visiting professor University of Minnesota, 1952. Committee on literature selection Huntington Hartford Foundation, 1953-1968. Grantee American Council Learned Societies, 1944, American Philosophical Society, 1947.
Recipient Guggenheim fellowship, 1960-1961. Faculty athletic representative Pacific Coast Conference, 1956-1959. Faculty athletic representative Athletic Association Western Universities, 1959-1968, president, 1962-1963.
Vice president, member of council National Collegiate Athletic Association, 1965-1968.