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 key initiatives. The execMBA, a new program for working professionals, combines rigorous instruction, innovative technology, and strong peer connections. This year, the newly-launched program graduated its first class of executives. The Entrepreneurship Alliance was created for students who demonstrate a high potential for new business development. The program ensures MU continues to cultivate innovators to drive economic growth. As part of the Trulaske College of Business Centennial Celebration, the Risk Management and Insurance Program was launched for students interested in managing risk for corporations, businesses and individuals. Students in the School of Accountancy now access an enhanced Certificate in Tax which prepares graduates with applied skills and knowledge in tax. Faculty continue to publish impactful research in top academic journals and have received national press coverage in The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Fox Business News and Market Watch. Other key initiatives include rebranding the Trulaske College of Business under the award-winning “We’ll Show You” campaign, developing a committee-led Strategic Plan to guide the college, creating a 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. 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 taught 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 and, in the community, on the board of directors for the Heart of Missouri United Way. 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.