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Pope and Tiller named departmental chairs at Appalachian

Dr. Janice Pope, a professor of communication, has been named chair of the Department of Communication and Jeff Tiller, a professor of building science, has been named chair of the Department of Technology, at Appalachian State University. Pope served as interim chair of her department for the past two years and Tiller was interim chair of his department for the past year.

Pope has been a member of the communication faculty since 1995. She also has served as an associate member of the graduate faculty. She served as assistant chair of the department for the two years prior to serving as interim chair. Pope has a Ph.D. in mass communication, a master of arts in journalism and a bachelor of arts in public relations with a minor in sociology, all from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

“Dr. Pope is an excellent choice for leadership in the Department of Communication,” said Dr. Glenda Treadaway, dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. “The department has experienced great success and has many exciting opportunities on the horizon. Dr. Pope has proven to be proactive and effective while interim chair and assistant chair. I appreciate her past work and look forward to her continued leadership.”

Pope fills the position held by Dr. Treadaway, who was interim dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts from July 2007 until March 2009 when she was named dean of the college.

Tiller has taught at Appalachian for 13 years and was coordinator of the building science program.

“Mr. Tiller led the building science program to be highly respected among the industry and its peers,” said Treadaway. “He brings those same leadership skills and enthusiasm to the Department of Technology.”

Tiller holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. His teaching specialties include construction technology and building science, residential and commercial building design, mechanical systems, construction estimating and management, technology forecasting and assessment, renewable energy technologies and energy, economic and environmental analysis.

Tiller served as project director for development of the North Carolina State Energy Plan and on the Ad Hoc Energy Code Committee of the North Carolina Building Codes Council. In 2004, Tiller developed and organized the North Carolina’s Energy Star campaign.