Bachelor of Science in English, East Tennessee State University, 1983. Master of Arts, East Tennessee State University, 1985. Doctor of Philosophy, University Tennessee, 1991.
Writer, producer, Tennessee Eastman Company, Kingsport, 1968-1987; graduate teaching assistant, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, 1984-1985; teaching associate, U. Tennessee, Knoxville, 1987-1991; director Writing Center, U. Tennessee, Knoxville, 1991-1992; instructor English literature and language, Carson-Newman College, 1992-1993; assistant Professor of English literature and language, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, since 1993.
Violinist Kingsport Symphony Orchestra, 1971-1987, University Tennessee Civic Orchestra, Knoxville, 1988-1991, Middle Tennessee State University Orchestra, since 1993. Board directors Kingsport Fine Arts Center, 1986-1987. Member Modern Language Association, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, American Society 18th-Century Studies.
Married Donald Clarence Slagle, December 27, 1969.