Bachelor, University Arkansas, 1953. Master of Arts, University Arkansas, 1954. Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 1961.
Assistant professor, U. Montana, Missoula, 1960-1962; assistant professor, Western Washington State University, Bellingham, 1962-1965; assistant professor, U. Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1965-1967; associate professor, U. Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1967-1976; professor, U. Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1976-1997; professor emeritus, U. Arkansas, Fayetteville, since 1997. Chairman Humanities Program, U. Arkansas, 1975-1981. Fulbright lecturer United States Government, Skopje, Yugoslavia, 1968-1969.
Founder, director Myers Center Human Rights, Fayetteville, since 1984. Founder Arkansas Hiroshima-Nagasaki Memorial. Travelling panel member Arkansas Endowment of Humanities, 1978.
Co-founder, board directors Arkansas American Civil Liberties Union, Little Rock, 1970. Member Modern Language Association (delegate assembly 1978-1980), Rhetoric Society of America, Consortium for Peace Research, College English Association (board directors 1987-1990, vice president 1994, president 1996).
Married Jo Ann Keenan, February 25, 1951. 1 child, Michelle.