Professor, Department Chair
Office: BLB 212A
Office Hours: M & W 4 - 5 pm, and by appt.
Marcia J. Staff is Professor of Business Law in the College of Business Administration at the University of North Texas. She holds a bachelor of journalism with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctor of jurisprudence magna cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center. She has been on the faculty of the University of North Texas since 1979 and in Fall 1999 completed a 12 year tenure as Associate Dean. Her teaching experience includes the legal environment of business at both the undergraduate and masters levels, as well as masters level courses in insurance law and law and ethics for long-term care administrators. She is a frequent speaker on the ethical dimensions of decision-making and the legal and ethical aspects of personnel management. Her current research interests include the scholarship of teaching and its application to legal scholarship; the legal and ethical implications of employment references; and the legal and ethical dimensions of business decision- making. Her most recent publication, Arbitration Under NAFTA Chapter 11: Past, Present and Future (with Christine W. Lewis), appeared in Volume 25, Number 2 of the Houston Journal of International Law. She is past president of the Southern Academy of Legal Studies in Business and former editor in chief of the Southern Law Journal. She was elected by the faculty of the University of North Texas to deliver the Summer 2000 commencement speech and was the recipient of the 2000 Presidents Council Service Award at UNT and the 2001 Council of Business Students Teaching Award. Professor Staff and her husband, Wayne Mitchell, reside in Denton where they raised their two daughters. In her spare time she enjoys reading mystery novels along the banks of the Guadalupe River.