Bachelor of Science, Kansas State University, 1965. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy, University Missouri, 1976.
Lecturer Culver-Stockton College, Canton, Missouri, 1967-1970. From assistant professor to professor Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, 1976-1986. Senior lecturer University Malawi, Zomba, 1983-1984.
Director University Illinois, Urbana, 1986-1991. Dean University Georgia, Athens, since 1991.
Volunteer Mercy Hospice, Urbana, Illinois, 1986-1987. Member Association Administrators of Home Economics (president 1992-1993), Association for Women in Development, National Council for Family Relations, American Association Family and Consumer Sciences (vice president 1985-1987).
Married Samuel Austin Nickols, September 19, 1964. Children: Douglas, Russell, Sharon Michelle, Matthew.