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Northwest Missouri State University


Meet the Dean

Joyce PiveralDr. Joyce Piveral has served as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services and Director of Teacher Education at Northwest Missouri State University since 2010.  Prior to her current role she served as a Professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Assistant Director of Teacher Education.  Dr. Piveral, a native Missourian, completed her undergraduate degree in Vocational Home Economics at Northwest, prior to serving as a teacher and administrator over ten years for the Fillmore C-I School District and an administrator at Central High School for the St. Joseph (Missouri) School District for twenty years.  She also holds Master’s and Educational Specialist’s degrees in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  From 2003-2010, Dr. Piveral’s teaching assignment was in the University of Missouri-Columbia and Northwest Cooperative Doctorate Program.

Dr. Piveral has co-authored a book and multiple articles in a variety of professional journals addressing teacher preparation and education policy.  She has presented at regional, state, national and international conferences.  She led the most recent NCATE review for Northwest and served on a leadership team to apply for the AASCU Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education in 2005.   In 2006, the Northwest was one of two universities across the nation to be given this award and recognized as an outstanding teacher preparation institution. Her research interests includes support of undergraduate and graduate research projects, educator preparation, leadership and policy analysis.