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Barry K Shuster

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Adjunct Instructor- Hospitality and Tourism
(919) 530-6458
224 Student Health Building


Adjunct Instructor of Hospitality Law & Ethics


Barry is founding editor-in-chief of Restaurant Startup & Growth, a national monthly general management best practices educational magazine launched in 2004 for owners and operators of independent restaurants ranging from first-time startups to emerging chains ( He is co-editor of the most recent (8th) edition of the National Restaurant Association Uniform System of Accounts (2012). From 2011-2014, he served on the board of directors of the International Foodservice Editorial Council, and as a judge at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration Restaurant Concept Competition.

Designated as a certified hospitality educator by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, in addition to his appointment at NCCU, Barry is an instructor in the School of Hospitality Leadership at East Carolina University and an adjunct associate professor at Fayetteville State University School of Business and Economics.

A UC-Davis alumnus, Barry began his career covering the Salinas Valley, California, agricultural industry as a reporter. He went on to earn his MBA at Pepperdine University and J.D. at NCCU School of Law. He also earned a Master of Science, Bioethics at Union Graduate College-Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Barry?s legal career is almost exclusively limited to teaching hospitality/restaurant and health care law. He is admitted to the bars of the state and U.S. district courts of North Carolina, and U.S. Supreme Court. He is a certified superior court mediator and an appointed district court arbitrator. Barry has advised and represented numerous closely held businesses, including restaurants in formation, litigation and transactions, and he is a past contributor to the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association Law Review.

Barry is also passionate about clinical and human subject research ethics. He holds a Master of Science, Bioethics from Union Graduate College-Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He also completed a two-year clinical ethics internship in the Department of Social Medicine at University of North Carolina Health Care System. He serves on the hospital ethics committee at WakeMed Health System in Raleigh, NC. He also serves Divers Alert Network as a member of its medical research IRB. In 2014, he joined the IRB of Copernicus in the Research Triangle.

His interests include recreational league tennis, fitness, and playing guitar. He enjoys the water, and is a former PADI scuba instructor and current BSA/Red Cross lifeguard.


MS Union College 2013
JD North Carolina Central University 1999
MBA Pepperdine University 1993
BA University of California, Davis 1980

Selected Publications

1. Shuster, B. K. (2014). Assessing Clinical Ethics Consultation Services via Structured Retrospective Interviews of Clinician Requestors. Journal of Healthcare, Science and the Humanities, IV, 114-139.
2. Shuster, B. K. (2014). Frankly Speaking: Talking Points When Counseling Clients on Completing North Carolina Advance Directives. Prognosis, 30, 8-11.
3. Shuster, B. K. (2007, April/May). A Food Safety Emergency Contingency Plan. Restaurant Startup & Growth, 4.
4. Shuster, B. (2005). Proper Training and a ‘Culture of Care’: They Can Protect Your Business, Your Customers and the Public When You Serve Alcoholic Beverages . North Carolina Restaurant News, July/August 2005.
5. Shuster, B. (2004). Managing on the Firing Line: Ways to Avoid Liability When Terminating an Employment Relationship: . North Carolina Restaurant News, July/August 2005.
6. Shuster, B. (2002). The Good Samaritan Laws Help Ensure That Good Deeds Go Unpunished. Alert Diver.
7. Vann, R. D., & Gerth, W. A., & Denoble, P. J., & Shuster, B. (1995). Project Dive Safety: An Overview. Undersea and Hyperb Med. 1995; 22 (suppl).
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