Throughout Dr. Joyce’s distinguished art and art education career she has been honored many times for her excellence in education. Joyce earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in 1980, and her first Masters in Fine Arts in 1984. With 18 years’ experience in the schools of New Mexico and the Great Navajo Nation, Joyce received a second Masters degree in Special Education while working full time. Followed swiftly by a Ph.D. program in Art education/Special education. 2003 - 2010 she became a Tenured Associate Professor of Art.