Doctor of Philosophy in English/Education, University Oklahoma, Norman, 1981.
Sports editor Durant Daily Democratic, Oklahoma, 1964—1968. Teacher English, journalism and speech Beaver High School, 1972—1978. Graduate teaching assistant University Oklahoma, Norman, 1978—1981.
Assistant professor education University Texas, Arlington, 1981—1983. Professor English Oklahoma City University, since 1983, chair faculty senate, since 2007. Workshop presenter in field.
Consultant in field; Sergeant United States Air Force, 1968-1972.
Judge We the People - The Citizen and the Constitution, Oklahoma City, 1995—2006, National History Day, Oklahoma City, 2000—2006. Judge Achievement Awards in Writing National Council Teachers English, 2004—2006. Active Habitat for Humanity, 1998—2006.
Judge youth poetry contest Poetry Society Oklahoma, 2000. Judge Book Award Competition Oklahoma City Writers, Inc., 2004. Editing advisor Oklahoma State Bar Association Legal Guide for Young Adults in Oklahoma, 1997.
Member, facilitator Oklahoma Centennial Book Festival Committee, 2004—2006. Chair Oklahoma Writing Project, Norman, 2003—2008. Member of American Association of University Professors, National Council Teachers English, Oklahoma Writing Project (associate.
Board member 1997—2008), Sigma Tau Delta (life. Chapter sponsor 1988—2008, Outstanding Chapter Sponsor 2005).
Married Claudia Brobst, July 8, 1955. Children: Lauren Fitzgerald Manis, Aidan Burkitt Carroll, Quinn Christopher Carroll.