Business Faculty

Mary Ellen Wells, JD, LLM

Associate Professor of Business


Professor Wells is an Associate Professor in the Business Department where she specializes in law and negotiation courses at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Her legal courses focus on the laws affecting businesses, schools, employment, and health care.  Professor Wells holds an advanced degree in Taxation and is an EPFP Fellow through the Education Policy and Leadership Center in Harrisburg enabling her to also specialize in teaching Federal Taxation, Organizational Leadership, and Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution.  She is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Massachusetts and is active in scholarship through the Academy of Legal Studies in Business and other professional organizations.


Education Background 

  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, L.L.M. in tax, May 1991
  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, J.D., May 1987
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, May 1984

 

Areas of Interest

Business Law, Tax Law, Employment Law, and Marketing Law with an emphasis on First Amendment issues in such areas as well as School Law with an emphasis on student achievement and the implementation and effect of No Child Left Behind


Current Projects

Currently working on co-authored publication entitled “21st CENTURY COMMERCIAL SPEECH: A MIX OF BUZZ MARKETING, IMMUNITY, AND DECEPTIVE TRADE PRACTICES”


Representative Courses Taught

BUS 101 – Financial Accounting
BUS 200 – Managerial Accounting
BUS 250 – Accounting Principles
BUS 342 – Business Law
BUS 426 – Strategic Management
BUS 441 – Coop in Business
BUS 442 – Coop in Business II
BUS 304 – Federal Taxation   
BUS 420 – Employment Law
MBA 500 – Strategic Management
MBA 510 – Managerial Accounting
MBA 540 – Employment Law
MBA 591 – Accounting for the Workplace
MBA 510 – Legal Environment
MED 610 – School Law and Social Advocacy
PhD 801 – Negotiations and Conflict Resolution for Contemporary Leaders

Paper Presentations:  

  • The Effect of Short Term Travel Abroad Programs on the Intensity of Student and Perception Changes: A Longitudinal study 2001-2009 presented at the Eastern Education Research Association's 34th Annual Conference, Florida, 2011
  • Comparing the Intensity of Student Attitude and Perception Changes Toward Foreign Countries from Short-Term Travel Abroad Programs: A Preliminary Longitudinal Study presented at the Eastern Education Research Association's 33rd Annual Conference - Savannah, GA - February 2010
  • Investigating the Need for Contingent Faculty Inclusion in Shared Collegiate Governance to Maintain Faculty Leadership in the Academy presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association 32nd Annual Conference, February 2009, Sarasota, Florida

  • The Legal Challenges for Buzz MArketing on the Internet: Commercial Speech, Deceptive Practices, and Defamation presented at MBAA International, April 4, 2008, Chicago, Illinois

  • Purchasing the Right to Pollute: Economic marvel, ethical minefield or both? Presented at the international 82nd Annual Academy of Legal Studies in Business conference, August, 2007, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Abrogating public employees’ right to dissent:  free speech in the public sector after Garcetti v. Ceballos presented at North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association – March, 2007, Salem State College, Salem, Massachusetts

  • Protecting children from video game sex and violence: what constitutes narrow tailoring of the sales legislation?  Entertainment Software Association, et al. v. Blagojevich presented at the regional meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Academy of Legal Studies in Business, March 2007, St. Michaels, Maryland

  • Whistleblowing by public employees after Garcetti v. Ceballos presented at the international 81st Annual Academy of Legal Studies in Business   conference, August, 2006, St. Petersburg, Florida

  • Responses and Results of Middle/Junior High School and High Schools Under the Parental Involvement Guidelines of the No Child Left Behind Act paper presented at the Eastern Education Research Association annual conference, February, 2005, Clearwater, Florida

           

          Paper Publications:

          • Co-authored The Supreme Court as Prometheus Breathing Life Into the Corporate Supercitizen, published in the 2011 National Preceedings of the Academy of Legal Studeis in Business.
          • Co-authored book Planning in Reverse A Viable Approach to Organizational Leadership published by Rowman & Littlefield Education. ISBN: 978-1-60709-793-8. February, 2011.
          • Co-authored paper titled The effect of short term travel abroad programs onthe intensity of student and perception changes: A longitudinal study presented at the Eastern Education Research Association's Annual Conference in Floriday, February 2011.
          • Co-authored Regulating ONline Buzz Marketing: Untangling a Web of Deceit published in the American Business Law Journal, VOlume 47, Number 3, Fall 2010.
          • Co-authored Comparing the Intensity of Student Attitude and Perception Changes Toward Foreign Countries from Short-Term Travel Abroad Programs: A Preliminary Longitudinal Study presented at the Eastern Education Research Association's Annual Conference in Savannah, Georgia, February 2010.
          • 21st Century Commercial Speech: A Mix of Buzz Marketing, Immunity, and Deceptive Trade Practices co-authored with Robert Sprague, National Proceedings for the 83rd Annual Academy of Legal Studies in Business conference, August 2008, Long Beach, California
          • Purchasing the Right to Pollute: Economic marvel, ethical minefield or both? National Proceedings for the 82nd Annual Academy of Legal Studies in Business conference, August, 2007, Indianapolis, Indiana
          • Abrogating public employees’ right to dissent:  free speech in the public sector after Garcetti v. Ceballos –2007 Business Law Review

          Presentations:  

          • Business Ethics for Leadership seminar presented for Focused, LLC in conjunction with its leadership program held at Bernadine Conference Center, Reading, PA, July 2009
          • Ethics in Business day seminar presented to SFS Intec, Inc. in conjunction with the Business Management Leadership Program at Alvernia College, Reading, PA, October, 2006 and March 2007
          • The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship An Alvernia College Faculty Forum presentation at Alvernia College, Reading, PA:  September, 2005
          • How to be Good An Alvernia College Faculty Forum presentation at Alvernia College, Reading, PA, March, 2005
          • The Impact of Corporate Scandals on American Business:  Corporate Structure and American Equity Markets  An Alvernia College Faculty Forum presentation at Alvernia College, Reading, PA, March 2003

           

          Conferences:    

          • EAstern Education Reserach Association - 34th Annual Conference, Florida - February 2011
          • Eastern Education Research Association - 33rd Annual Conference, Savannah, Georgia - February 2010
          • Mediation Pedagogy Conference - May 2009, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachuesetts
          • Eastern Educational Research Association- 32nd Annual Conference, Sarasota, Florida - February 2009
          • Academy of Legal Studies in Business – August, 2007, 82nd Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana
          • National Association of Pre-Law Advisors – June, 2007 Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
          • North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association – March, 2007, Salem State College, Salem, Massachusetts
          • Mid Atlantic Association of Legal Studies in Business – March, 2007 Annual Conference, St. Michaels, Maryland
          • Academy of Legal Studies in Business – August, 2006, 81st Annual Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida
          • Mid Atlantic Association of Legal Studies in Business – March, 2006 Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland
          • Pennsylvania School Boards Association – April 2005, Spring Legal Roundup, Reading, Pennsylvania
          • Mid Atlantic Association of Legal Studies in Business – April, 2005 Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
          • Eastern Educational Research Association - 28th Annual Conference, Sarasota, Florida - March, 2005
          • National Association of Pre-Law Advisors – June, 2004 Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts
          • Eastern Educational  Research Association – 27th Annual Conference, Clearwater, Florida – February, 2004

          Reviews:      

          • Text Book Review:  Law Business & Society 7e by Terry McAdams, August 2004, Prepared for McGraw Hill Irwin Publishing, New York, NY
          • Text Book Review:  three chapters of Employment and Labor Law by Cheeseman, January 2007, Prepared for West Legal Studies in Business, Mason, OH

           

          Encyclopedia Articles:  

          Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society, SAGE publishers, October, 2007

          Articles:

          • Emissions Trading    
          • Incipiency Doctrine                    
          • Lemon Laws                
          • Pollution Right                
          • Prudent Investor Rule

           

          Offices:      

          • President and Program Chair 2008-2009 – Mid Atlantic Association of Legal Studies in Business
          • First Vice President 2007-2009 - Mid Atlantic Association of Legal Studies in Business
          • Second Vice President 2006-2007 - Mid Atlantic Association of Legal Studies in Business
          • Chair 2005-2006 – Academic Standards Committee, Alvernia College
          • Secretary Treasurer 2005-2006 - Mid Atlantic Association of Legal Studies in Business

Contact Information

 
Mary Ellen Wells

Mary Ellen Wells, JD, LLM
Associate Professor of Business

     Bus/Comm Bldg
     Room 4
     Phone: 610.568.1442
     Fax: 610.796.8292
     maryellen.wells@alvernia.edu




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