Bachelor, Hunter College, 1954; Master of Arts, University of Chicago, 1955; postgraduate, New York University, 1955-1957.
Lecturer, Brooklyn College, 1957-1961;
lecturer, Hunter College, 1961-1965;
professor, State University of New York/Rockland, Suffern, New York, since 1965;
English chair, State University of New York/Rockland, Suffern, 1975-1993;
humanities division chair, State University of New York/Rockland, Suffern, since 1993;
liberal arts faculty, Regents College, Albany, New York, since 1985. Guest lecturer local libraries, Rockland and Orange Counties, since 1990. Grantdir. National Endowment for Humanities, Washington, 1970-1972, American Association Community College, Washington, 1991-1993.
Lay member 9th Judicial Grievance Committee, New York, 1985-1993.
Commission member Women's Commission Rockland County Legislation, since 1988. Executive board directors Hunter College Alumni, Rockland College, since 1975, newsletter editor, 1978-1990. Member National Two-Year College Association (associate chair since 1992), Association Departments of English (executive board directors since 1993), Northeast Regional English Association (executive board directors since 1980).
Married Morris Bay, November 24, 1965 (deceased). Children: Robin Bay Gilenson, Beth.