Faculty - Merchandise Marketing & Management

jason stanford

Jason Stanford, DBA – Division Director

Teaching Experience:
Dr. Stanford has twelve years of college-level teaching experience teaching business-related, fashion design, and computer graphic-related courses at SACSCOC- and NCACS-accredited Level II institutions including Management, Marketing, Sales and Promotions, and Textiles.

Professional Experience:
Dr. Stanford has eight years of experience in the corporate / retail areas of the fashion business industry, including work at Sears, JC Penney, Pan Handle Slim, and Texas Industries.

Recognitions/Honors/Community Service/Professional Development:

  • Membership, Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society for Business, Management, and Administration
  • Board Membership, the Fashion Group International of Dallas (4th term); current position – Program Committee Co-Chair with prior Treasurer, Secretary, Membership, and Scholarship committee duties


Check out Dr. Stanford’s Linked In page here: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jason-stanford-d-b-a/7/4a5/8b2

merchandise marketing betty schearf

Betty Schearf, PhD – Chairperson

Teaching Experience:
Dr. Schearf has eight years of college-level teaching experience at Wade College including Entrepreneurship, Visual Branding and Store Planning I and II, Merchandise Buying, Planning and Control and Product Development.

Professional Experience:
Dr. Schearf has thirty four years of experience in the retail and wholesale industry, including as Sales Manager – Chantelle Lingerie, National Account Manager and Account Executive—Eveden, Inc. / Wacoal Europe, Vice President of Sales—JLA Apparel, Regional Sales Manager—Warnaco, Inc., Territory Manager—Jockey International and Personnel Manager—JC Penney Company.

Recognitions/Honors/Community Service/Professional Development:

  • Member of Fashion Group International
  • Presented papers before the Academy of Management at their national convention in 2006
  • Member of Sigma Beta Delta National Honor Society
  • Chosen as an MBA All-Star at Texas Woman’s University
  • Member of Academy of Management
  • Member of Society for Human Resource Management
  • Member of Society for the Advancement of Management
  • Member of American Business Women’s Association


Check out Dr. Schearf’s Linked In page here: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/betty-schearf/99/5/481

john conte

John Conte

Teaching Experience:
Professor Conte has eight years of college-level teaching experience at Wade College, teaching Business Principles, Principles of Marketing, Sales and Promotion, Visual Merchandising and Planning, Principles of Retailing, Buying and Branding. He has an additional six years of college-level teaching experience, teaching Advertising, Retail Mathematics, Event Production, Internship Seminars, Fashion Fundamentals, and Fashion Marketing at five different colleges, including a SACSCOC-accredited Level II institution.

Professional Experience:
Professor Conte has seventeen years of experience in the corporate aspects of the retail and wholesale industry, including as Consultant, Retail & Wholesale Training—Alfredo Angelo Bridal, Director, Training & Retail Development—Polo Ralph Lauren, Retail Development Training Manager—Polo Ralph Lauren, Project Manager—Nautica International , Corporate Merchandising Training & Operations Coordinator—Nautica International, Buyer—Bloomingdale’s and Merchandiser—Banana Republic Catalog.

Recognitions/Honors/Community Service/Professional Development:

  • Recipient of the following awards:

    • Fashion Police Distinction for Contribution to Dallas Fashion Industry from Fashion Group International

    • Business Leadership Award at Ralph Lauren

    • John W. Withers Memorial Award for Excellence from New York University

    • Peter L. Agnew Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Business Education from New York University

    • Saks Fifth Avenue Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Marketing from the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising

    • Carolee Designs Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Merchandising from the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising

    • Outstanding Scholarship Award in a Bachelors Degree Program from the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising

    • Currently authoring a textbook for Pearson Prentice-Hall on the subject of Retail Buying & Merchandising

  • Board Member and Secretary of Fashion Group International

  • Advisory Board Member to The Pin Show

  • Advisory Council Member to Accessible Luxury, Texas Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital

  • Member of Delta Pi Epsilon honorary Society

  • Member of Sigma Beta Delta honorary society

  • Chairperson of FGI’s Four-Legged Fashion event

  • Committee Member, FGI’s Fashion and Lifestyle Awards


Check out Mr. Conte’s About Me page here: https://about.me/johnrconte1

harry davros

Harry Davros, JD

Teaching Experience:
President Davros has fifteen years of college-level teaching experience at Wade College, teaching Business Law I and II.

Professional Experience:
President Davros has eighteen years of experience in the legal and education industries, including fifteen years of service as a college administrator including the college President since 2002 and three years as a practicing attorney in the fields of estate and business succession planning law involving estates with net worth ranging from $10 million to $8 billion.

Recognitions/Honors/Community Service/Professional Development:

  • Licensed attorney by the State Bar of Texas
  • Member of the Dallas Bar Association
  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • ttends continuing legal education courses on an annual basis emphasizing employment, contract, corporate, taxation, and tort law


Watch a video of Mr. Davros as he reflects on the 50th Anniversary of Wade College here: http://dfwstyledaily.com/2012/08/07/video-exclusive-golden-anniversary-praise-for-dallas-wade-college

ron shuff

Ron Shuff, JD

Teaching Experience:
Professor Shuff has three years of college-level teaching experience at Southern Methodist University, Capital University and University of North Texas, teaching business-related and law courses at SACSCOC- and NCACS-accredited Level II institutions.

Professional Experience:
Professor Shuff has thirty-five years of experience in corporate council at Columbus & Southern Ohio Electric Company, AccuRay Corporation, The Durion Company and as Senior Vice President & General Council of Flowserve Corporation (NYSE: FLS), a S&P 500 company.

Recognitions/Honors/Community Service/Professional Development:

  • Graduated "cum laude" Kenyon College; named to the "Order of the Curia" upon graduation and named a "Sloan Fellow" at MIT's business school.


See Mr. Shuff’s biography on SMU Dedman School of Law’s site here: http://www.law.smu.edu/professor-profiles/shuff

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