Professor who died in tragedy worked at UNC


Professor who died in tragedy worked at UNC


Christopher James Bishop, known as Jamie in his five years at UNC, was killed Monday in the tragedy that left 33 dead on the campus of Virginia Tech. He was 35.

Bishop worked as an academic technology liaison at UNC from 2000 until 2005 with the Office of Arts & Sciences Information Services. He also taught an intermediate German course in 2004.

He left UNC to become an adjunct instructor of German and a technology trainer with the Faculty Development Institute at Va. Tech.

He was leading a class in introductory German at about 9:50 a.m. Monday when the gunman aimed at his head and fired, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

"Jamie's thoughtfulness, energy and laughter made him a wonderful peer and friend to many," his former co-workers said in a collective statement. "His legacy continues to shape the education of thousands of students to this day."

Bishop first was hired at UNC as a temporary employee in 2000, his former supervisor, Jason Li, said.

Bishop later was hired as a full-time employee, working with instructors in language departments and providing one-on-one training in computer applications.

"He was such a motivated, dedicated employee," Li said.

Charlie Green, associate vice chancellor for teaching and learning at Information Technology Services, looked back fondly on his time working with Bishop.

"He was a creative thinker," Green said. "He was someone who saw technology as a creative tool."

One innovation of Bishop's was a way to record students' language practice through laptops. Previously, students had to tape-record their practice and physically bring the tape to their instructor, Green said.

Bishop crafted a software package to record and send the practice digitally - which is of much higher quality and much more efficient.

But Bishop's value was more than just in his work.

"He cared about people," Green said. "He would spend a lot of time making sure people he worked with had everything they needed."

Green said this aspect of his personality is reflected in the fact that Bishop was nominated for an Information Technology award - designed to reward versatility and willingness to go beyond the call of duty - each year he was at UNC.

Bishop's wife, Stefanie Hofer, earned her Ph.D. in Germanic languages from UNC and later taught with Bishop in the German program at Va. Tech.

Bishop was a Fulbright scholar at Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany, and lived in Heidelberg from 1995 to 1996.

He earned his bachelor's and master's in German at the University of Georgia.

Bishop was also a prolific artist. He had posted an extensive gallery of photos, multimedia projects, graphic designs for book covers and computer-generated images on his Web site -

"He was a member of our family," Green said. "He will be deeply missed."


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