Monthly Archives: February 2013

Professional Development Anthropology Class – Visiting ECU Career Center

Dr. Eric Bailey and Jessie Langley

Dr. Eric Bailey and Jessie Langley

Jessie Langley and Professional Development Anthro class

Jessie Langley and Professional Development Anthro class

Professional Development Anthro class

Professional Development Anthro class

On February 20th, my Professional Development Anthropology class visited the ECU Career Center located at 701 East 5th Street – across the street from the Art building and on the corner across from the Chancellor’s house. Our host was Jessie Langley – Liaison to the Thomas Harriot College of Liberal Arts. Although not all students were able to attend, Jessie gave us a complete tour of the house and presentation which highlighted all of the major services provided by the Career Center.

In particular, Jessie talked about the new activities and direction of the Career center which truly fulfills more of the need for all students regardless of year in planning their career activities. The ECU Career Center offers comprehensive services and a variety of resources and programs designed to help each student reach their career goals. The major services include: 1. Individual Career Counseling, 2. Walk-In Counseling, 3. On-Line Job Listing – ECU CareerNET, 4. Discovery Tools (FOCUS 2), 5. Practice Interviews, 6. Class and Group Presentations, and 7. Advanced Technology and Virtual Career Services.

During her presentation, Jessie mentioned two issues that were of major importance to the class when considering future career goals. They were: (1) learn how to package yourself and (2) utilize your relevant experience to a particular job. She further emphasized that it’s not what you always do in college but it’s more in how you take advantage and accentuate the skills that best fit your career goals. Finally, she indicated that those students who are fortunate to get a job immediately after college, they often change their jobs several times during their career so it is so important to be flexible in your career choices.

Check out a few pictures from our site visit at ECU’s Career Center.

Professional Development Anthropology Class – Visiting Joyner Library

Here I am with Dr. Coonin after her talk to the class.

Here I am with Dr. Coonin after her talk to the class.

Here is the Professional Development Anthro class during our visit.

Here is the Professional Development Anthro class during our visit.

Today, my Professional Development Anthropology class visited Joyner Library to learn about using specific databases for conducting all types of anthropological research. Our host, Professor Bryna Coonin of Joyner Library Academic Services, provided an excellent overview and examples on how to use the library’s databases. We were located in the one of the computer rooms on the first floor of Joyner.

Since this Professional Development Anthropology class consist of primarily juniors and seniors, they were mostly interested in how to use the library resources once they graduated. Dr. Coonin suggested that using Google Scholar, interlibrary loan and any particular state’s Live databases can assist professionals with their future research activities.

Check out a couple of photos from our visit.

Spring Semester 2013 – Teaching 3 Courses (2 Online and 1 Face-to-Face)

Well, the spring semester 2013 is in full effect now that it’s the first week of February. I am in my regular rotation of courses for the spring semester which consist of the following courses:

1. ANTH 3252 – Medical Anthropology (DE)
2. ANTH 4501 – Professional Development Anthropology (Face-to-Face)
3. MPH 6008 – Ethnic Health and Health Disparities (DE)

The two online courses (ANTH 3252 and MPH 6008) are always challenging to teach because one is an undergraduate course and the other is a graduate course yet both require me to organize the online structure of the courses similarly. That is, I record my podcast and webcast lectures for each course – one after another each and every week. Both are live lectures in which I try to present exactly like a face-to-face lecture in the classroom. Hopefully, once each student downloads the lecture from their blackboard system, it comes across fresh, creative and similar to a regular lecture in a classroom.

Along with the three courses that I teach this semester, I organize a special lecture series for the Anthropology Department entitled, “ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series.” This semester will be the fourth one. The reason why I organized this special alumni lecture series (that’s associated with my Professional Development Anthropology class) is to give undergraduate students an opportunity to listen, connect and network with the department’s graduates. This lecture series has been very successful not only for the undergradate students but also for the alumni who return to the department and share their professional expertise. It also gives the Anthropology department a chance to celebrate the achievements of our graduates so that other scholars and administrators can see that we are graduating students who are making a difference in the professional world.

Stay tuned for updates from each class this semester.