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 team of faculty and staff has accomplished several transformational efforts. Recognizing the need for cross‐campus programs and interdisciplinary support for innovation, the Entrepreneurship Alliance launched for students who demonstrate a high potential for new business development. Relying upon extensive market analysis and innovative technology platforms, the execMBA emerged as a new program for working professionals that uses a hybrid teaching model and robust industry engagement. Using a public‐private partnership, the Risk Management and Insurance Program began for students interested in managing corporate or individual risk. Dean Gabel also led the college through other key initiatives such celebrating the Trulaske College of Business centennial, rebranding under the award‐winning “We’ll Show You” campaign, developing a committee‐led Strategic Plan to guide the college, updating the BS BA and MBA curricula, renovating faculty research incentives, and expanding diversity and inclusion opportunities.
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. 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 environment of business classes, led global business seminars, and built student connections around the world. 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. She has chaired dean and vice chancellor searches and serves on the Chancellor’s Budget Allocation Advisory Council. In the community, she serves on the board of directors for the Heart of Missouri United Way and on the Landmark Bank Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) board of directors.
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 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 earned her bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and her juris doctorate from the University of Georgia.