Marla Royne Stafford
Marla Royne Stafford is a hospitality and advertising marketing expert who boasts more than 25 years of experience as a professor, department chair and dean in the business discipline. Prior to her time in academia, she spent time in industry in marketing, communications, and training development.
Stafford joined UNLV's William F. Harrah College of Hospitality in 2019 as the executive associate dean of academic affairs to help guide the unit in achieving UNLV's Top Tier goals.
Stafford is a past-president of the American Academy of Advertising, past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Advertising, and past associate editor of the Journal of Consumer Affairs published by the American Council on Consumer Interests. More recently, she is serving as a guest editor of the Journal of Advertising's special section on Hospitality, Tourism and Travel. A two-time recipient of the University of Memphis Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Research in Business and Social Sciences, Stafford also received the Ivan Preston Award for Outstanding Contribution to Advertising Research in 2016. In 2018, she was recognized as one of the Superwomen in Business by the Memphis Business Journal.
Her research has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, among other publications.
- Ph.D., Marketing, Business University of Georgia
- M.B.A., Marketing Concentration, Rollins College
- B.A., Speech Communication, University of Arizona