Party affiliation: member Church of Christ.
Director career planning/placement Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, 1977-1980. Counselor Project Talent Search, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1980, Douglass Cherokee Economic Authority, Morristown, 1985. Assistant professor child development and family relations South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, 1985-1988, acting department head child development and family relations, 1987-1988.
Assistant professor family relations and child development Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, 1988-1993, associate professor family relations and child development, 1993-1997, interim head family relations and child development, 1995-1997, professor, since 1997. President Oklahoma Council on Family Relations, 1993-1994. Co-chair, rural focus group National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, 1991-1992.
Consultant South Dakota Health Department, 1986.
Denomination: Church of Christ
Member Cooperative Extension Advisory Board, Southeastern Oklahoma, 1995. Special education task force State of South Dakota, 1987. Member National Council on Family Relations (co-chair rural focus group 1991-1993), American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Society for Research on Adolescence, Oklahoma Council on Family Rels (president 1993-1994, treasurer 1989-1990, New Professor of Year 1990).