Bachelor, University Iowa, 1957. Master of Arts, University Iowa, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy, University Iowa, 1961.
Instructor University Iowa, Iowa City, 1958-1961. Assistant professor University Washington, Seattle, 1961-1962. From assistant professor to full professor Michigan State University, East Lansing, 1963-1993, University Distinguished professor, 1991-1993.
Served to private United States Army, 1952-1954, Korea. Fellow International Communication Association (president 1979), American Psychological Association. Member Speech Communication Association.
Married Pearl Ann Parsons, August 2, 1952. Children: Patricia Anne Miller Bender, Greg Anthony, Caleb Drew.