Chuck has thirty years experience teaching a variety of university level courses. He holds a Ph.D. in English and is presently an emeritus English professor at Boise State University, where he has taught composition, creative writing, and literature classes at both graduate and undergraduate levels. He has also taught numerous poetry workshops for young people.

He is the creator of Paradigm Online Writing Assistant and Poetryexpress Websites; and his textbook, Beginning College Writing, was published by Little, Brown. He is also the author of many poems, stories, essays, reviews, and articles, which have appeared in Poetry, College Composition and Communication, College English, Coyote's Journal, and other places.  What Counts, a chapbook collection of his poems, is available from Limberlost Press. His novel, Spring Drive: A North Country Tale, is available from Wordcurrent Press, as is his new book Altogether Now: Essays on Poetry, Writing, and Teaching.

A longtime member of N.C.T.E. and C.C.C.C., he is a frequent conference participant and is the founder of the Council on Basic Writing (C.B.W.), a 4C's special interest group.