Bachelor, Princeton University, 1976. Master of Arts, Howard University, 1982. Doctor of Philosophy, University Maryland, 1987.
Writer-editor Time-Life Books, Alexandria, Virginia, 1976—1979. From instructor to associate professor department English Howard University, Washington, 1983—2003, director center for excellence in teaching, learning, and assessment, since 2003. Board of consultant National Network of Writing Across the Curriculum Programs, since 1998.
Editorial board College Composition and Communications journal, 1999—2001, Written Communications journal, 1994—2003.
Member of American Educational Research Association, National Council of Teachers of English (cccc executive committee 1995-1998), Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa (president, vice president, treasurer 1996—2005).
1 child Tarik Donaldson.