Category Archives: Dr. Eric Bailey

CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY & ETHNIC STUDIES CLASS – FALL 2017

WE ARE BACK AGAIN!!

It’s the beginning of ANOTHER new academic year here at East Carolina University! It’s really hard to believe but I am beginning my 12th year here at ECU!

Well, this fall semester is different from others here at ECU primarily because I am teaching a combination course — Introductory to Cultural Anthropology and Introduction to Ethnic Studies. Since both courses cover similar content material, theoretical approaches and perspectives on the world regarding human populations and ethnic groups, it seems plausible to combine both classes. So that’s what I am doing this fall semester. In addition, since I have taught these types of classes for over two decades (here and elsewhere), it is a good time to combine both courses and see what new direction this collaboration will take us.

The major objectives of my Cultural Anthropology and Ethnic Studies class are: 1. To provide a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of Cultural Anthropology — its fundamental principles and key concepts; 2. To encourage awareness of cultural, ethnic, and human diversity; 3. To help all students make sense of our increasingly interconnected world and to find their particular place in it; and 4. To help students to find out how they can make a difference in our local and global communities.

What I REALLY want students to take away from this combined Cultural Anthropology and Ethnic Studies class is take more of an effort in gaining a “CULTURAL RELATIVISTIC” perspective of other ethnic groups and populations as well as other cultures so that our society can get along better and that my students will be better equipped with new skills once they graduate from ECU!

Here are a few photos of my combined Cultural Anthropology and Ethnic Studies students as well as a Selfie or two!

SPRING 2017 SEMESTER – TEACHING ANOTHER HONORS COLLEGE SEMINAR COURSE ON RACE RELATIONS AND MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY AND ETHNIC HEALTH and HEALTH DISPARITIES

Where has the time gone? It’s March already and I finally have the chance to update my Course Happenings Blog! As you can guess, it’s another busy semester yet just as enjoyable as last year because I have another set of outstanding students in my Honors Seminar course as well as excellent students in my undergraduate Medical Anthropology course and graduate Ethnic Health & Health Disparities course.

As a reminder, here is the course description of my Honors Race Relations seminar:

Why is the United State still having major race relations problems in 2017? Do you want to continue to sit along the sidelines or help solve this issue in our country particularly here at ECU? This course aims to examine, discuss, and debate the major concepts and frameworks associated with race relations in America. Students will not only gather background information on this issue through traditional research methods but also gather data by listening to key administrators at ECU and other NC state universities. After students gather this data, they will present their own race relations solutions to the Chancellor’s Office at East Carolina University.

So here are the three courses that I am teaching this Spring 2017 semester:

HNRS 2013 Breaking the Boundaries of Race in America: Developing Race Relations Solutions for East Carolina University

ANTH 3252 Medical Anthropology

MPH 6008 Ethnic Health & Health Disparities

Interestingly, now that I am used to my other courses always being online – Medical Anthropology and Ethnic Health & Health Disparities — it allows me to lecture differently for the online students versus the face-to-face lectures for my Honors Seminar course.  In otherwords, I have to be very direct and concise for the online students as opposed to the face-to-face (traditional lecture setting at the university lecture room), I can take my time and elaborate more on specific concepts. Both have their ADVANTAGES and disadvantages. As for right now, I am “cool” with it.

So if you are interested in any of my Spring 2017 courses and have any follow-up questions, send me an email at: baileye@ecu.edu. That’s what’s HAPPENING in my “Course Happenings” course activities at East Carolina University for the Spring 2017!

SPRING 2016 Semester – Teaching an Honors College Seminar Course & 2 Other Courses

It’s hard to believe, but it’s February 2016 already and I haven’t had enough time to update this Course Happenings Blog until now! As you can guess, it has been another busy and amazing Spring semester in which I have very little time just to think about what I’m doing.

Fortunately, this Spring semester I have made the time to RE-ENERGIZE my thought processes and allocated QUALITY time to my courses. Well, this semester I am teaching my first Honors College seminar course and it has been fantastic and exhilarating! The title of my Honors course is:

Breaking the Boundaries of Race in America: Developing Race Relations Solutions for East Carolina University

This Honors seminar course has been a complete pleasure to teach and work with the seven honor students who are taking my class. All of my students have already challenged themselves and others on a number of culturally sensitive race relations issues and now we are in the stage of the class focusing upon SOLUTIONS for race relations issues!! Who would have figured that I would be teaching this type of class at ECU, but I finally am accomplishing this major objective of my teaching career. That is, teach meaningful and thought-provoking classes in which students can be the leaders and the change agents of society.

By the way, here is the course description of the class:

Why is the United States still having major race relations problems in 2016? Do you want to continue to sit along the sidelines or help solve this issue in our country particularly here at ECU? This course aims to examine, discuss, and debate the major concepts and frameworks associated with race relations in America. Students will not only gather background information on this issue through traditional research methods but also gather data by listening to key administrators at ECU and other NC state universities. After students gather this data, they will present their own race relations solutions to the Chancellor’s Office at East Carolina University.

So here are the three courses that I am teaching this Spring Semester:

HNRS 2013 Breaking the Boundaries of Race in America: Developing Race Relations Solutions for East Carolina University
ANTH 3252 Medical Anthropology
MPH 6008 Ethnic Health & Health Disparities

Of course, I enjoy teaching my undergraduate Medical Anthropology class and my graduate course – Ethnic Health & Health Disparities. Both of these courses are entirely online and students prefer both of them taught in this format as opposed to face-to-face in a lecture hall. In fact, both of my online courses continue to increase in enrollment each year that I teach them.

So if you are interested in any of my Spring 2016 courses and have any follow-up questions, send me an email at: baileye@ecu.edu. That’s what’s happening in my “Course Happenings” course activities at East Carolina University for the spring 2016!

Co-Mentoring Honor Students Internship Project – “Let’s Talk About Race”

Our Group Selfie

Our Group Selfie

Dr. Fraley, Matt, Zoe and myself

Dr. Fraley, Matt, Zoe and myself

A few nights ago, I had the pleasure to attend the ECU Honors College 2015 Honors 3100 & EC Scholar Internship Showcase event. Zoe Hinton & Matt Early – the two Honor students that I co-mentored with Dr. Todd Fraley presented their internship project entitled, “Let’s Talk About Race.” I was very proud of their motivation and passion for this issue because not too many students would have the courage to address this topic particularly nowadays. During the event, I was given an opportunity as their Co-Mentor to speak to the crowd to let them know how important their internship is to the entire ECU community.

Check out a few photos including our group Selfie!

Helping Student Complete Video Project on Health

Torre and Dr. Bailey Selfie

Torre and Dr. Bailey Selfie

Torre and Dr. Bailey after class.

Torre and Dr. Bailey after my class.

As a professor at ECU, I often get requests from a number of students to assist them with their individual projects. This spring semester, I received a request from junior Torre Blake – a junior in the School of Communications and a journalism major — to help her complete a video project on health.

The title of her video project on health was, “Is the Freshman 15 Real?” This topic is very important to all students particularly for the incoming Freshman because this health question is backed up with verifiable data across the country. In fact, this issue of Freshman gaining weight is nothing new because as I had stated in my interview, when I was a freshman in college back in the 70s (Miami University, Ohio), gaining weight was not unusual for first time college students. Yet today in 2015 is an epidemic and truly a significant public health issues for universities today.

Torre interviewed me in my office and took some shots of me lecturing in my class. After getting a chance to view her draft of the video project, I was very impressed. She put together an excellent video news health segment that you normally see on a TV newscast. I am sure one day, we will see Torre on TV being a journalist and TV news health reporter.

I was very pleased to be apart of her video project on health. Congrats to Torre!! Of course, I had to document her video project with a photo and a Selfie!

5th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series – Final Speaker – Emma Browning

Selfie with Emma Browning

Selfie with Emma Browning

Emma Browning and Dr. Eric Bailey

Emma Browning and Dr. Eric Bailey

Group Selfie with Emma Browning

Group Selfie with Emma Browning

On April 23rd, the 5th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series featured our final speaker – Emma Browning. Emma is a 2011 graduate receiving her bachelor’s in Anthropology and Theatre Arts. She was a double major at ECU with a concentration in Archaeology and a minor in French. Emma also has a Master’s degree in Bioarchaeology from a major university in England. The title of her talk was:

“All Over the Place: Literally and Figuratively”

As a reminder, the purpose of the ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture series is designed for former ECU anthropology students to share their expertise and experiences to current anthropology students who are preparing to graduate or who are anticipating to graduate in the next few years. We hope this lecture series creates more of a constructive, practical diaglogue between recent ECU anthropology graduates with current ECU anthropology majors.

Emma’s lecture was exciting, informative, enthusiastic, and down-right fun! Emma discussed primarily her year in graduate school in England. After receiving her bachelor’s from ECU, Emma traveled overseas and began her Master’s degree studies. She said her year in England was the Best year of her life! Why? Emma said that it challenged her on several levels because not only did she have to do alot of academic activities for the first time by herself but she also had to culturally immerse herself into a number of different European cultures.

Emma is also an actress. She has appeared in a number of TV shows including hosting a PBS show and an appearance in a movie.

Overall, Emma emphasized several key points to the audience. They were:

1. Improve your writing skills
2. Develop multiple skills
3. Get out of your comfort zone
4. Travel
5. Have a Passion for your interests

Emma was a very special presenter because just a few years ago, Emma was in this very class of mine – Professional Development Anthropology and on this day, she was a Guest Lecturer! In fact, I told Emma and the audience at the end of her lecture that she always had a special energy and critical curiosity about life that I knew would help her in her future endeavors.

Check out a few photos from her lecture including another Group and Individual Selfie with Emma!

5th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series – 2nd Speaker – Lauren Souther

Lauren Souther and Dr. Eric Bailey

Lauren Souther and Dr. Eric Bailey

Group Selfie with Lauren Souther

Group Selfie with Lauren Souther

On April 16th, the 5th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series featured our second speaker – Lauren Souther. Lauren is a 2012 graduate receiving her Master’s degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Bioarchaeology. The title of her talk was:

“Cultural Resource Management: A Career in Archaeology”

As a reminder, the purpose of the ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture series is designed for former ECU anthropology students to share their expertise and experiences to current anthropology students who are preparing to graduate or who are anticipating to graduate in the next few years. We hope this lecture series creates more a constructive, practical diaglogue between recent ECU anthropology graduates with current ECU anthropology majors.

Lauren’s lecture was informative, straight-forward, revealing and direct. She discussed alot of the general and specific issues related to working for a Cultural Resource Management company. Lauren had an interest in CRM during her undergraduate years and after graduation, she was able to get a job with a CRM company. She shared several of her work site CRM activities including a fascinating photo showing her in the Florida Everglades.

Overall, Lauren’s major advice can be summarized in four key points. She emphasized the following issues:

1. Get Experience
2. Be Versatile
3. Get Your Masters
4. Talk to CRM companies

Check out a couple of photos from her lecture including another Group Selfie with Lauren!

5th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series – First Speaker – Bach Pham

Bach Pham and Dr. Eric Bailey

Bach Pham and Dr. Eric Bailey

Group Selfie with Bach Pham.

Group Selfie with Bach Pham.

On April 2nd, the 5th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series began and our first speaker for the lecture series was Bach Pham. Bach is a 2012 graduate receiving a Master’s degree in Anthropology with a concentration in Cultural Anthropology. The title of his talk was:

“So You’re a What?: Preparing to Work as a Cultural Anthropologist in the Real World”

As a reminder, the purpose of the ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture series is designed for former ECU anthropology students to share their expertise and experiences to current anthropology students who are preparing to graduate or who are anticipating to graduate in the next few years. We hope this lecture series creates more of a constructive, practical dialogue between recent ECU anthroplogy graduates with current ECU anthropology majors.

Bach’s lecture was very informative, insightful, practical and entertaining. Currently working at the University of South Carolina in the Center for Child & Family Studies, Bach mentioned at the very beginning of his lecture that he considers himself a four-field anthropologist. Each subfield of anthropology (cultural, biological, archaeology, and linguistics) is essential to understanding and investigating cultures. Bach also talked about his personal background, his earlier fieldwork studies, his current job activities and the challenges of being a millennial anthropologist.

At the end of his lecture, Bach emphasized several key themes to the students in the classroom. They were: 1. Get off the internet, 2. Volunteer 3. Network with more colleagues 4. Attend anthropology conferences and student meetings 5. Get Back on the internet and do more researching on potential jobs 6. Take Chances.

By the end of his lecture, Bach had even mentioned that if he didn’t take chances earlier in his graduate career, many of the opportunities that has come his way, may not have. For me, this was a major key theme of his talk — Take Chances and Start Now!

Check out a couple of photos from this event including our Group Selfie with Bach!

Graduate School Dean visits Class and First Class Selfie!

Class Selfie with Dean Gemperline

Class Selfie with Dean Gemperline

Today was a very special day for my Professional Development Anthropology class. Our guest speaker, Dean Paul Gemperline of the ECU Graduate School, visited and gave a talk about the graduate school. Specifically, he highlighted the major steps involved in applying to graduate school and how graduate programs evaluate individual applicants to their programs.

For those who are truly interested in graduate school, Dean Gemperline suggested the following:

1. Do your homework on the specific graduate program that you’re interested in;
2. Research the specific graduate program;
3. Track placement of the graduates;
4. Apply to graduate programs when you are ready (either immediately after undergraduate degree or take a year off and then apply – it’s an individual decision);
5. Search the variety of options to finance your graduate school years; and
6. Find ways to distinguish yourself.

After Dean Gemperline’s talk, students asked several excellent detailed questions.

Once his talk had completed, I asked Dean Gemperline to take a couple of photos with me and the class. He gladly agreed and now we have our FIRST CLASS SELFIE with Dean Gemperline! Check it out!

2014 Professional Development Class – Our Visit to ECU Career Center

Professional Development Anthro Class and Mr. John Stowe

Professional Development Anthro Class and Mr. John Stowe

Dr. Bailey and Professional Development Anthro class

Dr. Bailey and Professional Development Anthro class

On February 19th, my Professional Development Anthropology class took our annual tour and listened to an excellent presentation from Career Counselor – Mr. John Stowe – of ECU’s Career Center. The Career Center is located at 701 East 5th Stree – across the street from the Art building and on the corner across from the Chancellor’s house.

Newly hired, Mr. John Stowe shared his expertise and suggestions to my class about preparing for life after college. As a recent ECU alumni, Mr. Stowe knows the trials and tribulations of a graduate finding their direction. In fact, he spent a few years in different types of career opportunities, yet now he recognizes that he has a new, more settled career path – Career Counselor and pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Mr. Stowe shared his life experiences with the class as well as highlighting all the specific services offered to the students at the Career Center.

ECU’s Career Center can help students with Career Exploration and Assessment, Career Readiness, Connection with Employers, Jobs, and Internships. There were two issues that Mr. Stowe emphasized the most. They were: 1. Internships and 2. Developing your skill set. All students should try to participate in as many internships as possible while they are an undergraduate simply because these are opportunities that sets a student apart from other graduating students but they also provide students with a certain level of skill sets. These “skills sets” and the internships often times provides students with a better opportunity to obtain a job after graduation.

Check out a couple of photos from our visit!

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