Bachelor, Hamline University, Saint Paul, 1942. Master of Arts, University of Minnesota,1947, Doctor of Philosophy, 1955. Payroll timekeeper The Austin Company, Oak Harbor, Washington, 1942.
Instructor English, communication University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1946-1950.
Instructor English, humanities, logic, social science U. Florida, Gainesville, 1950-1956, assistant professor, 1956-1960. Associate Professor of English, American studies U. SouthFla., Tampa, 1960-1974, professor, 1974-1989, retired, 1989.
Founder, president, editor in chief American Studies Press, Incorporated., Tampa, 1977. Visiting professor American civilization Bemidji State College (Minnesota), 1956-1957.
College representative College Entrance Examination Board, Southeastern United States, Sewanee, Tennessee, 1965-1966.
Instructor English, communications University Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1946—1950. Instructor English, humanities, logic, social science University Florida, Gainesville, 1950—1956. Assistant professor, 1956—1960.
Associate professor English, American studies University South Florida, Tampa, 1960—1974. Professor, 1974—1989. Retired, 1989; 1st lieutenant Army of the United States, 1943—1946.
Lieutenant colonel United States Army Reserve, 1946—1981. Visiting professor American civilization Bemidji State College, Minnesota, 1956—1957. College representative College Entrance Examination Board, Southeastern United States, Sewanee, Tennessee, 1965—1966.
Member president"s council U. South Florida. Served to First lieutenant Army of the United States. 1943-1946, lieutenant colonel United States Army Reserve, 1946-1981.
Member American Library Association, United Nations Association, Flla.
History Association, Florida library association, Southeastern library association, Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces & Society. Member United Ch.of Christ.
Married Genevieve Mary Ann Olson, October 6, 1946 (divorced August 1967). Children: Judith Louise Harkness Canning, Kristine Southwick Harkness Bosserman. Married Mary Lou Barker, September 2, 1967.