Bachelor, St. Michael's College, 1974. Master of Arts, Purdue University, 1977. Doctor of Philosophy, University Missouri, Columbia, 1987.
Graduate teacher, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1974-1977; instructor, William Woods U., Fulton, Missouri, 1977-1981; graduate teacher, U. Missouri, Columbia, 1981-1987; assistant professor, Indiana U., Indianapolis, 1987-1993; associate professor, Indiana U., Indianapolis, since 1993; associate chair English department, Indiana U., Indianapolis, 1996-1998; acting chair, Indiana U., Indianapolis, since 1997. Advisory board Readerly-Writerly Tests, Eastern New Mexico State University, since 1995.
Member Modern Language Association, National Council Teachers English (language policy committee since 1994, nominating committee 2002-2003), Conference College Composition and Communications (exec committee, research network forum), Indiana Teachers Writing.
Married Mary Elizabeth Sugg, August 1, 1980. Children: Rebecca Elizabeth, Joseph Franklin.