Bachelor in English and Journalism with high honors, University Arkansas, 1975. Master of Arts in English, University Chicago, 1976. Doctor of Philosophy in English, University Texas, 1984.
Instructor, teaching assistant University Texas, Austin, 1976-1982. Visiting assistant instructor English Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, College Station, 1983-1984, visiting assistant professor, 1984-1985. Assistant professor University Indianapolis, 1985-1991, associate professor, 1991-1998, professor, 1998—2003, chair department English, 1997—2003.
Professor Georgia College & State University, since 2003.
Member American Association of University Professors (chapter president 1989-1991), Modern Language Association, Midwest Modern Language Association, South Center Modern Language Association, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Society Study Southern Literature, Society StudyMidwestern Literature, Indiana College Engineering Association (co-president 1989-1990), Writer's Center Indiana, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi.
Married Alice Ruth Friman, September 24, 1989.