Welcome to Bethany College’s History-Political Science Department! We think our students are among the finest you’ll find at any college or university in the nation. Academically, they are high achievers, but they also distinguish themselves in a wide variety of musical, artistic, and athletic endeavors.
We are particularly proud of their record as campus leaders. Our majors have been officers in student government, sororities, fraternities, and their respective classes. They have been editors and staff members for the Bethany Messenger, the College’s newspaper, and have served in positions of responsibility in residence halls.
William “Bill” Ferguson came to Bethany in the fall of 2010 as an adjunct professor of history.
He received his associate’s degree from Cloud County Community College in 1977, and his bachelor’s degree from Bethany College in 1979. In 1990, Ferguson graduated from Fort Hays State University with a master’s in history.
Prior to coming to Bethany, Ferguson taught for 32 years at three different high schools in Kansas. He spent 10 of those years at Peabody and Sterling. The last 22 years were spent at Smoky Valley High School in Lindsborg, Kan. At those schools, he taught American history, world history, Kansas history, psychology and American government.
In 2003 Ferguson was chosen as one of 87 teachers across the nation to be part of the initial class of the “Teach Vietnam Teachers Network” sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Association. He spent a week at Georgetown University learning and sharing information geared toward teaching about the Vietnam Era to American high school students.
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation chose Ferguson for a grant to study the topic “The Eisenhower Years and the Cold War” at Gettysburg College in 2005.
Ferguson and his wife, Jan (Lindsey) ’79, have been residents of Lindsborg since 1989. They are members of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lindsborg. They have served on many councils and committees during their time in the community. They have two sons, Keith ‘10 and Michael.
Before joining the Bethany faculty, Professor Guinn taught at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa from 2010 until 2014. Prior to that she served at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. She earned a Ph.D. in 19th Century U.S. history from Oklahoma State University in 2003; a master’s degree from Pittsburg State University and a bachelor’s degree for Kansas State University. She is married to Thomas Jorsch, assistant professor of history at Bethany College.
Before joining the faculty at Bethany College, Professor Jorsch was an instructor at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa from 2010 to 2014 and prior to that served at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. He earned a Ph.D. in American social and intellectual history from Oklahoma State University; master’s degrees in history and library science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and bachelor’s degrees in history and math from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He is married to Bethany professor, Lisa Guinn.
Joyce Pigge is a professor of political ccience at Bethany College. As a member of the Bethany College faculty since 1970, she is the History/Political Science Department Chair. She coordinates the social studies teaching major and is the pre-law advisor.
At Bethany College, Pigge teaches classes in government, constitutional history, constitutional law, international relations, comparative government and sports law.
Pigge is the Bethany College faculty athletics representative and is Eligibility Chair of the Kansas Collegiate Athletics Conference and the Midlands Collegiate Athletics Conference. Pigge has also served Bethany as head women’s basketball coach, head volleyball coach, and head softball coach.
Pigge received the Bethany College Teaching Award in 1991, the Bethany Distinguished Service Award in 2003, the Meredith Humphreys Teaching and Service to Students Award in 2006 and the NAIA Wally Schwartz Award as Faculty Athletics Representative of the Year in 2009.
Twice, Pigge was a member of the Oxford Round Table at Oxford University (England). Her work has been presented at the Second Annual National Conference on Legal Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, The University of Kansas Hall Center for the Humanities program, Conference of the Association of the Lutheran College Faculties and an Annual Meeting of the American Educational Studies Association.
Pigge holds a D.A. in Government from Lehigh University. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Maryville College and an A.A. from Mt. Vernon Community College, now Rend Lake College.
Pigge has done further study at the Washington University School of Law, Washburn University School of Law and Southern Illinois University. She also has interned with the U.S. House of Representatives, the Illinois House and with McPherson/Harvey County Court Services