Mark Hatala has been teaching writing at the college level for over 25 years. He works as a professor of psychology at Truman State University and teaches interdisciplinary courses in cognitive science, marketing, and history. He has a number of journal publications and regularly presents with his research team at regional and national conferences. In addition to being a college professor, Dr. Hatala has been a machinist, an opera usher, a bus driver, a fry cook, the lead singer in a punk band, a market researcher, a financial planner, and a baseball umpire. He is an avid backgammon and cribbage player, and enjoys time spent with his three children.