Meet the Dean

Joan T.A. Gabel is the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. Dean at the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri.

Under Dean Gabel’s leadership, the Trulaske College of Business has accomplished key initiatives. This year, the inaugural execMBA class begins coursework in the new program designed for a top-notch range of working professionals seeking a program which combines rigorous instruction, flexible scheduling, and strong peer connections. In 2011, the Entrepreneurship Alliance, designed for exceptional students who demonstrate a high potential for new business development, was launched. The program ensures MU continues to cultivate innovators to drive economic growth. Other key initiatives include developing the new Certificate in Sales and Customer Development in the department of marketing and a concentration in Marketing Analytics for MBA students.

Dean Gabel previously served as a DeSantis Professor and chair of the Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate & Legal Studies at the Florida State University (FSU) College of Business. She also was director of International Relations for the College of Business at FSU.

As chair for the Department of Risk Management, Real Estate & Legal Studies at FSU, Gabel oversaw two undergraduate majors, core courses in both the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, a specialization within the MBA program, and a specialized masters program in risk management.

Dean Gabel joined Florida State University in 2007 after serving on the faculty of the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University for 11 years. At Georgia State, she was interim director of the Institute of International Business and faculty director of the Atlanta Compliance and Ethics Roundtable.

As a faculty member, Dean Gabel has taught legal and ethical business classes; led graduate global business seminars in Chile, Australia and Argentina; and also taught in Italy, France and Egypt. Her research interests include corporate governance and employment law issues, and she has been published in several premier scholarly journals including The American Business Law Journal and The Journal of Business Ethics.

On campus, Dean Gabel serves on a series of University of Missouri committees including the Center for Digital Globe Executive Board, Missouri Innovation Center Advisory Board, Strategic Planning and Resource Advisory Council, and Economic Development Council. In the community, she is a member of the Emerging Issues Committee with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Assistance League.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Charles M. Hewitt Teaching Award, the Kay Duffy Service Award and the Bunche, Kemper and Holmes-Cardozo Awards for Excellence in Research. Her work also has been placed on the National Law Journal's "Worth Reading" list. Dean Gabel has served as editor-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal and the Journal of Legal Studies in Business. She received her bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and her juris doctorate from the University of Georgia.