Bachelor, Gustavus Adolphus College, 1961. Master of Arts, University Kansas, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy, University Wisconsin, 1976.
Teaching assistant, editorial assistant Modern Drama Magazine University Kansas, Lawrence, 1961-1964. Instructor Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1964-1966. Professor University Wisconsin, Whitewater, 1966—1996.
Instructor American Telephone & Telegraph Company State University, University North Carolina, Greensboro, summers 1966-1969. Interim appointments University Wisconsin System Administration, Madison, 1974-1975, 80, 81, University Gothenburg, Sweden, 1985-1986. Fulbright lecturer University Silesia, Poland, 1991-1992.
Fulbright roving scholar, Norway, 1996-1997. Lecturer American literature University Lund, Sweden, 2000-2001.
Treasurer Alternative Directions, Inc., Whitewater, since 1973. Senior research associate University of Wisconsin System Institute on Race and Ethnicity, 1992-1993. Member Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Stefan O. Sylvander, August 26, 1961 (divorced February 3, 1987). Children: Monika Ruth Creden, Mario K. Sylvander, Brendan A. Sylvander. Married Anthony A. Rolloff, December 31, 1989.