Bachelor of Science in Education, Ohio University, 1956. Master of Arts in Education, Ohio State University, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy, 1970.
Postgraduate, University Chicago, 1967.
Teacher, North Charleston (South Carolina.) Schools, 1956-1957; teacher, Cleveland Heights (Ohio) U., 1957-1958; teacher, Mansfield (Ohio) Board Education, 1958-1959, 65-68; director reading, 1968; teaching associate, Ohio State University, 1968-1970; professor education, U. Akron, Ohio., 1970-1977; professor education, U. North Carolina, Greensboro, 1977-1998; retired. Visiting professor Northern Kentucky U. and University Cincinnati.
(1978 hardcover, Reading Instruction in the Secondary School)
Member National Conference on Research in English, International Reading Association (Outstanding Dissertation award), American Educational Research Association, National Council Teachers English (outstanding research award 1971), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Association for Childhood Education International.
Daughter of Millard Fissel and Helen Lucille (Taes) Dern. Divorced; children: Linda Stoodt Neu, Susan Stoodt Price.