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Taylor named interim chair of Appalachian’s Department of Technology and Environmental Design

BOONE—Dr. Jerianne Taylor has been named interim chair of the Department of Technology and Environmental Design at Appalachian State University for the 2014-15 academic year. Taylor, an associate professor in the department, will serve while a search is conducted to replace former chairman Jeff Tiller, who is returning to his faculty position in the department.

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Taylor has been a member of the faculty at Appalachian since 2005, following a decade of teaching experience at the high school and university level. She earned a Doctorate in Education from North Carolina State University and a Master of Industrial Education and Bachelor of Science from Clemson University.

“It is an honor to serve as interim chair for the Department of Technology and Environmental Design,” Taylor said. “I look forward to promoting and furthering our department’s outstanding work in the print and commercial photography industry, the design industry, and the building science, appropriate technology and technology education fields. Our department’s rich history, talented faculty, sustainable research endeavors and strategic alignment to the goals and mission of Appalachian State University and the UNC system enable us to serve as a catalyst for integrative design and sustainable education initiatives in higher education and the workforce.”

Taylor has focused her research on curriculum alignment and integration related to STEM education, the role of competition on student learning, and how students learn the “T & E” in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education. Her teaching focuses on current topics related to technology and societal issues and instructional strategies, organization and classroom management, and student organizations in career and technical education.

Taylor is the program coordinator for the technology education program at Appalachian and works projects with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, the Technology Student Association, and International Technology and Engineering Educators Association.

Taylor has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career. Most recently, she was recognized as a Distinguished Faculty Advisor by the Technology and Engineering Education Collegiate Association.

“Dr. Taylor has always demonstrated a commitment to furthering the education and development of her students and the broader community within her field,” said Dr. Glenda Treadaway, dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts. “She has proven to be a dedicated and capable leader, one with a keen understanding of her personal area of expertise and a respect for and desire to further the mission of her department, college and university. I look forward to working with Dr. Taylor in her new role as interim chair over the next year.”