Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan, 1944; Master of Arts, University of Michigan, 1946; Doctor of Philosophy, University Michigan, 1954.
From instructor English to professor linguistics, University of Michigan, 1945-1964;
professor, U. Pittsburgh, 1964-1990;
professor emeritus, U. Pittsburgh, since 1990;
department chairman general linguistics, U. Pittsburgh, 1964-1974;
director, Language Acquisition Institute, 1970;
director language orientation programs, Language Acquisition Institute, 1974-1982;
director Asian Studies program, Language Acquisition Institute, 1977-1982;
director Language and Culture Institute, Language Acquisition Institute, 1982-1990. Visiting lecturer, Afghanistan, 1951, Thailand, 1955-1957, Mexico, 1964, 65, Poland, 1977, Greece and Yugoslavia, 1981, Singapore and Thailand, 1984, Hong Kong, 1985, 86. Director S.E. Asian English Project, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, 1958-1961, Rockefeller Foundation Thai Project, 1967-1972.
Vis.prof. Regional English Language Centre, Singapore, 1974-1975, Peking Institute Foreign Language, 1979-1980. Consultant in field; member National Advisory Council Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Resource person Detroit Board Education, 1964, Pittsburgh Board Education, 1965.
Member of advisory screening committee in linguistics Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 1976. Member of advisory panel in English teaching to director United States Information Agency, 1987-1993.
Mellon fellow National Foreign Language Center Washington, 1990. Member Linguistic Society, American Association Applied Linguistics, Association Asian Studies, Siam Society (life), Association Teachers English to Speakers of Other Langs. (president 1967, Alatis award 1991), National Council Teachers English.
Married Ann Louise Terbrueggen, September 18, 1946. Children: Lynn Diane Anthony Higgins, Janice Louise, Edward Mason, 4th.