Meet the dean

Gloria J. Galanes has been at Missouri State University since 1986. She has taught courses in small group communication (undergraduate and graduate), organizational communication and communication and aging, and graduate courses in quantitative research methods, applied communication research, and research designs. She has degrees from University of Michigan (AB in English Literature), Bowling Green State University (MA in Student Affairs) and The Ohio State University (PhD in Communication).

She returned to school as a nontraditional graduate student to pursue her PhD after spending 13 years in university administration (including as a residence hall director, academic adviser, career counselor, public relations officer and director of the continuing education program). Her specialty area is small group communication; she is co-author of two small group textbooks with Dr. John K. Brilhart (now deceased) and Dr. Katherine Adams and co-editor of Socially Constructing Communication with Dr. Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz.

Research and interests

Dr. Galanes has always been interested in applied research. Her graduate classes have participated in a number of research projects for community organizations in Springfield, including the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, the Vision 20/20 Education Subcommittee, Every Kid Counts (now the Mayor’s Commission for Children) and Missouri State’s College of Arts and Letters. These projects have investigated such things as the needs of youth in the community, the needs of older adults, and the local perceptions of Springfield Public Schools.

She has given presentations about leadership, teambuilding, conflict, and communication skills for numerous organizations, including the Greater Ozarks Leadership Development (GOLD) and GO LEAD programs, Alternative Opportunities, Parkcrest Dental Group, Visiting Nurses Association, Leadership Missouri and Leadership Springfield, Greene County Department of Health, Missouri Home Care, and the Ozarks Area Community Action Commission. At Missouri State, Dr. Galanes was the founding director of the Citizenship and Service Learning program, was acting department head in Communication for three years. She has been the dean of the College of Arts and Letters since 2012.

Her spouse, Noah Karrasch, practices Structural Integration (a type of deep tissue body work) and her stepdaughter, Molly Karrasch, is an actor in Austin. Gloria and Noah live with a variety of inside and outside cats!