Bachelor, Brigham Young University, 1963. Master of Arts, Brigham Young University, 1964. Master of Arts, Princeton University, 1966.
Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1970.
Assistant professor, Cornell Univercity, Ithaca, New York, 1968-1972, 74-78; associate professor, Brigham Young U., Provo, 1978-1982; professor, Brigham Young U., Provo, since 1982; dean College of Humanities, Brigham Young U., Provo, since 1991.
The President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at any given time is a prophet of God in the same way as Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, and the Apostles. Revelation is a continuing process through which God still instructs people.
Member American Association Teachers German, Association for Computers and the Humanities (executive secretary since 1988), Modern Language Association (committee chair 1986-1990).
Married Janet Loraine Taylor, May 24, 1962. Children: Kendall, Jeffrey, Michael, Loraine, Scott.