Bachelor in German and French, Indiana University, 1974. Postgraduate, University Hamburg, Federal Republic of Germany, 1973. Postgraduate, Free University, Berlin, 1976.
Master of Arts in German Linguistics, Indiana University, 1977.
Materiel maintenance manager United States Department of Army, 1977-1979. Program coordinator Learning Skills Center Indiana University, Bloomington, 1979-1985, coordinator high school and non-credit programs Indiana Study Program, 1985-1987. Freelance writer Fort Collins, Colorado, 1987.
Associate editor, technical writer Duke Communications, International, Loveland, 1987-1988. Freelance instructor, translator, editor and writer Fort Collins and Westford, Massachusetts, since 1988. Language laboratory coordinator Middlesex Community College, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1997—2001.
Visiting professor German University Massachusetts, Lowell, since 2006.
Teacher in CPR, American Red Cross, Bloomington, 1985-1987. Member American Association Teachers of German, Indiana German Heritage Society (education committee Bloomington chapter 1983-1987), American Federation Teachers (executive committee Bloomington chapter 1983-1987, treasurer 1985-1986), Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Jane B. Marcus, March 5, 1983. Children: Emily Marcus Hartig, Caitlin Marcus Hartig.