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Joyce J. Elam, Ph.D.


Dr. Joyce J. Elam is Dean Emerita, College of Business, Florida International University. She was Dean and James L. Knight Eminent Scholar in Management Information Systems at the College of Business, Florida International University for fifteen years prior to her retirement in 2016.  Prior to coming to Florida International University, she was an associate professor in the McCombs College of Business, the University of Texas and an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. During her tenure at Florida International University, Dr. Elam also headed FIU Online and the Office of Analysis and Information Management.  Dr. Elam was a Marvin Bower Fellow at the Harvard Business School during the 1987-88 academic year. She earned both her Ph.D. in operations research (1977) and her B.A. in mathematics (1970) from the University of Texas. 

Dr. Elam is an award-winning teacher and recognized expert in the strategic use of information technology and the use of information technology to support both individual and group decision-making. Dr. Elam is also known for her work in helping to develop women leaders. She developed and directs annually The Women Leaders Program – an executive leadership development program – that is offered annually by the Center of Leadership at FIU.  She also teaches leadership courses and workshops in various MBA programs.

Dr. Elam is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Baptist Health South Florida, Baptist Health Enterprises Board of Directors and Baptist Outpatient Services Board of Directors, and the Vice-Chair of the Baptist Health Medical Group Board of Directors. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Bentley University.

In addition to numerous teaching awards, she is the recipient of other awards including the 2012 Coral Gables Community Foundation Education Award, AXA Advisors 2008 International Business Woman of the Year by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, the 2007 Academy of International Business Fellows’ International Dean of the Year, and the 2007 Athena Award given by the Coral Gables Community Foundation.