Doctor of Philosophy, Texas Technological College, Lubbock, 1965.
Lecturer Hong Kong Baptist College, 1965—1967. Associate professor William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri, 1967—1973. Professor English University Texas Brownsville, since 1973.
Fulbright lecturer Xiamen University, China, 2000—2001.
Missionary journeyman Southern Baptist Convention, Hong Kong, 1965—1967. Member of American Humor Studies Association, A. Human Studies Association, Association Literature Scholars and Critics, Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, Southwest Conference Christianity and Literature (president 2004-2005).
Married William Alva Stephenson, April 2, 1988. Married Ronald Gene Schraer, May 29, 1968 (divorced December 8, 1983). Children: Mimosa Schraer Flores, Amanda Schraer Lopez, Adam David Schraer.