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
Bruce Kahler is a professor of history at Bethany College, where he has taught American history and art history since 1988.
At Bethany, he has served in numerous administrative positions, including Assistant Academic Dean, Faculty Representative to the Board of Directors, and Co-Coordinator of the Higher Learning Commission Self-Study Team.
He is the author of numerous articles, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries. He also has written op-ed columns for the Salina (KS) Journal. His current research is focused on Civil War veterans in Kansas.
Kahler holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in History-American Studies from Purdue University. His B.A. in History is from Kutztown (PA) State College.
He is professionally affiliated with the Organization of American Historians and the Kansas State Historical Society.
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.