Bachelor, University St. Thomas, St. Paul, 1962. Master of Arts, Marquette University, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy, University Iowa, 1972.
English teacher Cretin High School, St. Paul, 1962-1964. Graduate teaching assistant Marquette University, Milwaukee, 1964-1966, University Iowa, Iowa City, 1966-1969, graduate fellow, 1969-1970. Assistant professor North Dakota State University, Fargo, 1970-1976, associate professor, 1976-1981, professor, since 1981, chair department English, 1991-1997.
Member Modern Language Association (American Literature section), National Council Teachers English, North Dakota Council Teachers English (affiliate director).
Married Margaret T. Froehlich, September 3, 1966. Children: Courtney Ann, Shannon Margaret, Cristin Marie.