Bachelor in English and Public Relations, Illinois State University, 1987. Master of Arts in Communications, Illinois State University, 1989. Doctor of Philosophy in Communications Studies, Kent State University, 1995.
Assistant professor Kent (Ohio) State University, 1995-1996, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 1996-1998, Creighton University, Omaha, 1998-2001, West Virginia University, Morgantown, since 2001.
Participant Omaha Police Department Citizens Academy, 1999. Member National Communications Association (chair 1999-2000), Center States Communications Association (chair 1995-1996, 99-2000).