B.A. Vocational Home Economics; Northwest Missouri State University

M.A. Educational Leadership; Northwest Missouri State University

Specialist; Educational Leadership; Northwest Missouri State University

Ed.D. Educational Leadership; University of Missouri, Columbia 

Dr. Joyce Piveral

Dr. 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, served 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. From 2003-2010, Dr. Piveral’s teaching assignment was in the University of Missouri-Columbia and Northwest Cooperative Doctorate Program. Dr. Piveral has authored  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, 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.

Dr.  Piveral was recognized for her contributions to higher education April 23, 2014 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.

Joyce lives with her husband, Don, a retired educator, in a unique home built completely by Don, himself, on a beautiful farm in rural Pickering, Missouri. They greatly enjoy their family of two children and two grandchildren.