AB, Smith College, 1962. Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1982.
Assistant professor Scripps College, Claremont, California, 1988—1991. Professor College of Undergraduate Studies Union Institute, Los Angeles, 1991—1993. Dean college, professor humanities Sierra Nevada College-Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, Nevada, 1993—1995.
Independent scholar, consultant Reno, 1995—1996. Center director, associate dean Central New York Center State University of New York Empire State College, Syracuse, 1996—1999, associate professor Rochester, 1999—2007, coordinator western region Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, 2000—2007, core faculty, liberal studies, since 2007, professor, since 2007. Convener history studies Empire State College of State University of New York, 2000—2003.
Co-chair academy policies and learning programs committee Empire State College State University of New York, 2003—2004, member academic policies and learning program committee, 2001—2005. Member Academic Personnel Committee, since 2007, chair, since 2008.
Music volunteer Open Readings, Belmont, Massachusetts, 1982—1988. Volunteer Sierra Club, since 1988. Problem captain Odyssey of the Mind, Nevada, 1994—1995, judge New York, 1997—1998.
Crew chief Tahoe Rim trail, 1994—1996. Active Masterworks Chorale, New York, 1996—1999. Member of New York State Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education (board directors 1997—2006, associate coordinator 1999—2000, coordinator 2000-2003), New York Academy of Sciences, Egyptological Society New York, Society Biblical Literature (co-chair Egyptology and Ancient Israel group 1995-1996, chair Egyptology and Ancient Israel group 1996—2005, convenor Ancient Near East Consortium since 1998, Outstanding Service in Mentoring award 2003), Society for Study Egyptian Antiquities, International Association Egyptologists, American Research Center Egypt, American Oriental Society, American Folklore Society, American Association Higher Education, American Academy Religion, American Recorder Society (member Rochester New York chapter since 2004), Incline Village/Crystal Bay Chamber of Commerce (secretary, board directors 1994-1995), Ka-na-wa-ke Canoe Club (board directors 1998—2000), Adirondack Mountain Club, Appalachian Mountain Club (co-leader 1987-1988).
Married Allen Hollis, November 10, 1962 (divorced February 1975). Children: Deborah Durfee, Harrison.