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Northwest Missouri State University


Faculty/Staff Spotlight

April 25, 2014

Piveral honored for contributions to higher education

Dr. Joyce Piveral

Dr. Joyce Piveral

Dr. Joyce Piveral, Northwest Missouri State University’s dean of the College Education and Human Services, was recognized for her contributions to higher education April 23 during the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Excellence in Education Banquet in Kansas City.

The banquet honors outstanding students, teachers, staff, volunteers and business supporters of North Kansas City education. The unique event brings together 1,000 attendees from eight school districts and two counties to acknowledge the important role schools play in the economic development and quality of life in the area.

Piveral has served as dean of the College of Education and Human Services and director of teacher education at Northwest since 2010. Previously, she served as a professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and assistant director of teacher education.

“Dr. Piveral is a great leader,” said Northwest Director of Outreach Dr. Terry Barmann. “In addition to her duties on campus, Dr. Piveral has been instrumental in developing the amount of educational offerings and quality of higher education in the Northland area.  Dr. Piveral has worked with various Northland school districts to develop partnerships that benefit both students of higher education and K-12 students alike. Dr. Piveral consistently strives to promote the mission of Northwest Missouri State University – student success: every student, every day.”

A native Missourian, Piveral completed her undergraduate degree in vocational home economics at Northwest. She holds master’s and educational specialist’s degrees in educational leadership from Northwest and an Ed.D. in educational leadership from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

She served as a teacher and administrator for more than 10 years for the Fillmore C-I School District and was an administrator at Central High School in the St. Joseph School District for 20 years.

Additionally, she has co-authored a book and multiple articles in a variety of professional journals addressing teacher preparation and education policy, and presented at regional, state, national and international conferences. She led the most recent National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education review at Northwest and served on a leadership team to apply for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education in 2005. In 2006, the Northwest was one of two universities across the nation to receive the Christa McAuliffe Award and be recognized as an outstanding teacher preparation institution.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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