Dr. Michael Mayfield is the Faculty Director of the Wilson Scholars Program. Dr. Mayfield replaces Dr. David Marlett, who served as the Director of the Wilson Scholars Program for the last two years.
Mayfield earned a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Tennessee. He holds the title of Professor of Geography and was the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at ASU from 2010-2017. He served as Faculty Coordinator of General Education from 2007-2010 and is the former chair of his department of Geography and Planning. During the past year he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Geography at the University of Tennessee and the Plemmons Leadership Medallion at ASU. He was a recipient of a UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000.
He teaches geomorphology, hydrology, introductory physical geography, senior seminar, and a graduate seminar in global change at ASU. His teaching duties will now include a seminar for the freshmen Wilson Scholars, along with a study abroad course. Mayfield has led over 20 study abroad trips to Costa Rica, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru. He has published articles in a variety of scientific journals and book chapters in hydrology, geomorphology, and global change.
Dr. Mayfield is an avid kayaker, having paddled over 100 rivers in North and Central America. He is the author of the original guidebook to rivers in Costa Rica. His other pastimes include mountain biking and snowboarding. Mike is the father of three grown children and has two grandchildren. He and Misty Mayfield have been married since 2004 and they enjoy travel, multi-day rafting trips in the western U.S., and hanging out with their cats.