Mark Mayfield earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature at Georgia State University and went on to receive a Master of Arts in religious studies at the University of Georgia. After graduation he taught as an adjunct professor of religion at UGA and at Georgia Gwinnett College. He has also taught learning support classes in English composition and reading at Gwinnett Technical College. His research interests at the IHE involve leadership and governance; distance and online education; and private, nonprofit Christian colleges. He is currently a graduate assistant at the Georgia Small Business Development Center.