Bachelor, Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1961. Master of Arts, Texas Christian University, 1962. Doctor of Philosophy, Texas Christian University, 1967.
Instructor English, Southwest Junior College, Keene, Texas, 1962-1964; assistant Professor of English, Union College, 1964-1966; chair department English, Tarrant County Junior College, Fort Worth, 1967-1969; consultant in English, Harper & Row, San Francisco, 1968-1969; associate professor, Bishop College, Dallas, 1970-1979; Professor of English, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, since 1979; chair English department, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, 1989-1993; director graduate studies in English, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, since 1993. Consultant for teaching college composition Harper Collins, New York City, since 1968, Macmillan, New York City, since 1989, St. Martin's, New York City, since 1990.
Member National Council Teachers English, Conference College Composition and Communication (commission on preparing college teachers writing, Executive Committee liaison Conference English Leadership).