Bachelor, Southern Methodist University, 1958. Master of Arts, University Missouri, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy, George Peabody College, 1971.
Instructor English, U. Missouri, 1959-1960; assistant dean of women, Christian College, 1959-1960; instructor in English, Western Kentucky U., Bowling Green, 1960-1965; instructor in English, George Peabody College, Nashville, 1966-1971; associate Professor of English, Motlow State Community College, Tullahoma, Tennessee, 1971-1974; Professor of English, Lincoln U., Jefferson City, Missoury, since 1975.
Member Modern Language Association, National Council Teachers English, Thomas Stearns Eliot Society (vice president and editor since 1994), Missouri Association Teachers English (president 1989-1990, editor 1983-1991).