Bachelor of Science in Education, Southwest Missouri State University, 1958. Master of Science in Education, Northern Illinois University, 1965. Postgraduate, Purdue University, 1966.
ABD, Vanderbilt University, 1969.
Teacher elementary, Walnut Grove Grade School, Smallett, 1954-1955;
secondary teacher English, Rock Falls (Illinois) Township High School, 1957-1958;
secondary teacher English, Sterling (Illinois) Township High School, 1958-1966;
assistant Professor of English, Belmont U., Nashville, 1966-1967;
Professor of English, U. Tennessee, Martin, since 1967;
director British drama studies, CCSB, London, 1991-1992. Folklorist in residence East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, 1988. Coordinator Kentucky Lake Folk Festival, Aurora, 1970-1971.
Consultant Folk Festival of the Smokies, Cosby, Tennessee, 1971. Teacher CCSB courses in British drama, London, 1984-1985, 89-90, 91-92. Visiting professor Niijima College, Takasaki, Japan, 1996-1997.
Chairman Boy Scouts American, Sterling, 1964-1966, member committee, Nashville, 1966-1967. Member Obion County Democrats, Union City, Tennessee, since 1970. Sergeant United States Army, 1952-1954.
Member Broadcast Music, Inc., Jackson-Purchase History Society (president 1994-1995, editor journal. since 1997), Tennessee Folklore Society (president 1969-1971).
Married Betty Jean Ellie, December 26, l955. Children: Joel Marcus, Suzanne Marie, Natalya Joy.