The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference has announced that Bethany College’s Dr. Joyce Pigge was named the Faculty Athletic Representative of the Year. She will be formally recognized at the upcoming KCAC Sport Management Conference held at Tabor College on August 4.
Dane Pavlovich, Dean of Athletics and Student Development at Bethany College, said, “Joyce is very deserving of the KCAC FAR of the Year honor. We rely on her for a great deal of information on our campus, and I know that many KCAC schools use her as resource for many eligibility questions and guidance. We are fortunate to have Joyce at Bethany College and serving the KCAC.”
Dr. Pigge is a professor of political science at Bethany and has been a member of the Bethany faculty since 1970. She is the History/Political Science Department Chair and coordinates the social studies teaching major and is the pre-law advisor. Dr. Pigge teaches classes in government, constitutional history, constitutional law, international relations, comparative government and sports law.
Dr. Pigge is the Bethany College FAR and is the Elgibility Chair of the KCAC and the Midlands Collegiate Athletics Conference. She has served as the treasurer of the KCAC and was a member of the NAIA District 10 executive committee. She has also been the head women’s basketball coach, head volleyball coach, and head softball coach for the Swedes.
Dr. 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, Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
Throughout her tenure Dr. Pigge’s body of work and service has had a lasting impact on thousands of student-athletes at Bethany College and beyond. Her work is reflective of the NAIA spirit and has demonstrated a standard of integrity and loyalty to the association.