COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women’s Dr. Bridget Pieschel has been announced as the Best College Professor in the reader’s choice poll, “Best of the Triangle 2017,” published annually by The Commercial Dispatch. Drs. Beverly Joyce and Brandy Larmon were voted Among the Best College Professors.

PieschelPieschel is a native Mississippian who has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in English from The W. She received her doctorate in English from the University of Alabama, where she was a Graduate Council Fellow. She began teaching English at The W in 1981. As professor of English and director of women’s studies, her career at The W includes having served as the director of the honors program and as the head of the division of humanities. She became the director of the Center for Women’s Research and Public Policy in 2005 and now chairs the Department of Languages, Literature and Women’s Studies. 

Currently, Pieschel is developing a book about Mississippi and its educational influence on the origins of modern women’s education in the nation. She and her husband Steve have five children and four grandchildren.

“I was deeply honored—and grateful—to be selected as ‘Best in the Golden Triangle.’ My entire career has been here in the ‘triangle’ and I am now teaching the grandchildren of the students I first taught. I can’t think of an award that means more to me than this one,” said Pieschel.

JoyceJoyce has been at The W since 2003. She earned her doctorate in art history from the University of Kansas. Prior to coming to The W, Joyce taught for a year at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and has been teaching art history at the college level since the 1990s. Originally from Memphis, she earned a master’s degree in art history from the University of Memphis and a bachelor’s degree of fine art in studio art from Memphis College of Art.

Currently, Joyce teaches all of the art history courses at The W and has introduced a number of art history courses to the curriculum to accommodate an art history minor. Joyce has served as the director of the Mississippi University for Women Galleries since 2014 and been promoted to the rank of professor.

“This award came as a complete surprise, and I am very grateful to have received it. Thank you to everyone who voted for me,” said Joyce.

HarmonLarmon graduated from The W in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree of science in nursing, earned her master’s degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2008 and received her doctorate in higher education in 2015 from Delta State University. Harmon began her career at The W in 2008. Currently, she is an associate professor for the department of associate nursing and teaches pharmacology, fundamentals and newborn and obstetrical care. Larmon has continued to perform clinicals in the Women’s Unit at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory since 2008.

“I have loved The W since I was a student here, so teaching here was and still is a passion for me. I am beyond grateful for the recognition, but just being a small part of these amazing nursing students’ lives is the true reward!” said Larmon.

Sept. 13, 2017
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