Bachelor of Arts Miami, 1954. Master of Arts, University Miami, 1956. Doctor of Laws, University Miami, 1980.
Doctor of Philosophy, University Florida, 1959. Doctor in Civil Law, Quincy University, 1985. Doctor of Laws, Baiko Jo Gakuin College, Japan, 1987.
Doctor of Laws, Indiana State University, 1996.
From assistant professor to Professor of English, Arizona State University, 1959-1970; dean, Arizona State University, 1968-1970; Professor of English, academic vice president, U. Montana, 1970-1975; president, Indiana State University, 1975-1992; Professor of English, Indiana State University, since 1975.
Served with United States Army, 1948-1951. Member Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Tau Delta.
Married Phyllis Lesnick, November 26, 1952 (deceased March 1992). Children: Richard, Gregory, Matthew, Cynthia, Vincent. Married Barbara Lee Shockley, October 5, 1996.