Originally from Texas, Lee Mayfield graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.F.A in Theater. He received his Master’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Alabama. Before coming to James Madison University, he taught at the University of Alabama, University of Texas at Austin, and Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina. At JMU, he teaches Presentational Speaking; Signs, Symbols, and Social Interaction; Oral Interpretation, General Communication, and a special topics course in event planning.
Professor Mayfield focuses his research on individual events and season management. As the coach of the JMU individual events team, he helps speech team members become communication scholars. He teaches them how to do research and apply it to their coursework. He has been coach of the IE team since 1992, his proudest accomplishment to date. The speech team has been nationally ranked for seven years and has been in the top 20 for three years in a row.
In his spare time, Professor Mayfield enjoys riding his bike, reading, and traveling, especially with the speech team. His favorite aspect about JMU is the students, who make up a strong undergraduate program and in a diversity of concentrations. Additionally, he notes that colleagues are passionate about what they are doing at JMU.
“Make sure you have a broad understanding of the discipline instead of pigeon-holing yourself in one aspect. Enjoy the fact that you are taking General Education classes for a particular reason and that you will end up using them in the end.”