Bachelor of Science/Master of Arts, Northwestern University, 1987. Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1994.
Assistant professor committee, St. John's U., Collegeville, Minnesota, 1991-1994; assistant professor, U. Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, 1994-1996; associate professor, U. Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, since 1996.
Community council member Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa, Cedar Falls, since 1993. Member American Association of University Women, National Communications Association, National Women's Studies Association, American Forensic Association, Kenneth Burke Society, Central Sates Communications Association (Outstanding New Teacher 1993).
Life partner Arnold James Madsen.