A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Barksdale received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta in May of 1989. He received his Ph.D. in business administration from Georgia State University in August of 1994 with a concentration in personnel and employment relations. Upon completion of his doctorate, he accepted a position at The University of Memphis as an Assistant Professor of Management where he served as advisor to student groups and was active on several doctoral dissertation committees. In 1998, he accepted a position with a locally-owned automobile group as Vice President and Director of Human Resources, later serving as the de facto director of operations, marketing, and acquisitions. More recently, he has served as Associate Professor of Management at Union University in Jackson, TN as well as Visiting Professor of Management at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. Barksdale has written and published articles on various topics of business management including organizational performance, compensation, employee commitment, management education, and research methods. His most recent research interest has been on teaching pedagogy and the integration of faith and learning into the business curriculum. He has taught courses in research methods, computer programming, human resource management, employee relations, employment law, general management, organizational theory and learning, and leadership. He has consulted with a wide variety of retail and wholesale organizations including AutoZone, Delta Airlines, Ciba-Vision, and Promus Hotels. Consulting topics include leadership development, EEOC investigation, and compensation programs. Barksdale has given addresses to many large groups and organizations. He has served on the board of several non-profit institutions including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He also served the academic and athletic programs of Hillcrest High School in Memphis, TN. At Hillcrest, he served as an advisor to the athletic programs, technology programs and on the site review committee for High Schools that Work reform programs. He is active in the Christian Business Faculty Association and has worked with a number of professional academic associations. He is the editor-in-chief of Knowledge and Human Resource Management Journal and sits on the editorial board for IntellectBase International Consortium journals and international meetings. Barksdale resides in Scottsdale with his wife and daughters. He is an avid motorcyclist participating in desert trail riding and amateur super sport motorcycle road racing.