Bachelor, St. John Fisher College, 1968. Master of Arts, University Notre Dame, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy, University Notre Dame, 1973.
Visiting lecturer University Illinois, Urbana, 1973-1974. Instructor English St. Mary-of-Woods (Indiana) College, 1975. Assistant professor University Mississippi, University, 1978-1984, associate professor, 1984-1990, professor, since 1990.
Scholarship reviewer Old English Newsletter Western Michigan University, 1976—2001. Referee scholarly manuscripts. Consultant National Endowment Humanities, Washington, since 1990.
Adviser Ole Miss College Representatives, University, since 1995. Member executive committee Lafayette County Republican Party, Oxford Republican Party, blood doner. Communion minister St. John Evangelist Catholic Church, Oxford.
Member Medieval Academy American, International Society Anglo-Saxonists, American Friends Bodleian Library., Association Literature Scholars and Critics & Writers, National Association Scholars, Southeastern Medieval Association.
Married Joan Marie Wylie, August 17, 1974. Children: Jennifer Joy Wylie Hall, Justin James Wylie Hall.