Staniland, a professor emeritus in Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) who played a central role in building the school and shaping its international affairs and development programs, died on Nov. 26, 2020.
Staniland joined GSPIA in 1984 as an associate professor. He was subsequently promoted to full professor and went on to serve as the school’s interim dean from 1995 to1996, interim associate dean in spring 2012 and the director of the International Affairs Program. He twice received the Joseph Pois Award for Distinguished Service from GSPIA. He retired in April 2018.