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Graduate School visits Professional Development Anthropology Class

Professional Development Class

Professional Development Class

Director Ashley, Dean Gemperline and Dr. Bailey

Director Ashley, Dean Gemperline and Dr. Bailey

Dean Gemperline and Director Ashley

Dean Gemperline and Director Ashley

On February 27th, my Professional Development Anthropology class was very fortunate to receive a visit from the Graduate School. Dean Paul Gemperline and Director of Graduate Admissions Robin Ashley gave a thorough overview of the steps, procedures and major issues related to applying and going to graduate school particularly ECU’s graduate programs. It’s not often a class gets treated with a visit from our top administrators at ECU so we were very appreciative of their time and expertise.

Specifically, Dean Gemperline shared national data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to show how on average, salary levels are significantly higher and unemployment lower for individuals who achieve a graduate degree. He said that although graduate school is not for everyone, for those who want to excel and become an expert in a particular field of study along with increasing their chances for employment getting a graduate degree is a necessity.

Additionally, Director Ashley provided a detailed presentation to the class on understanding the nature of graduate school and the procedure for applying to graduate school. She highlighted several graduate programs at ECU and described the typical graduate school application. Director Ashely also talked about taking standardized exams, financing graduate school, emphasizing the five-step process of the graduate application and showing the lower cost of ECU’s graduate programs in comparison to other graduate programs.

By the end of their talk and presentation, Dean Gemperline and Director Ashley answered all the major questions from my class and helped to dispel a number of misconceptions and fears related to getting a graduate degree. Check out a few pictures from their visit.

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.

Cultural Anthropology Class – Last Lecture Day

Cultural Anthro Class – Photo 4

Cultural Anthro Class – Photo 3

Cultural Anthro Class Photo 2

Cultural Anthro Class – Photo 1

Well, it’s another great semester of Cultural Anthropology coming to an end. I had a wonderful time trying to present my lectures to this class in an innovative and straight-foward way. I was particularly delighted that this class REALLY interacted and engaged regularly with all of the lecture material and the class exercises.

In fact, this Cultural Anthropology class was one of the best introductory cultural anthropology classes that I have had since teaching at ECU. There were a number of students who added a wealth of new information to our lecture discussions as well as our special class exercises. The entire class was also receptive to our special guest lecturers at the end of the semester.

Here are few photos of my outstanding, receptive, and engaging Cultural Anthropology class.

Taking Class Outside for Fieldwork Observation

Cultural Anthropology Class conducting fieldwork.

On this October lecture day, I decided to take the class outside to conduct a brief fieldwork exercise in observing student behavior. Our cultural anthropology topic primarily focused upon economic issues and the concepts of economizing and maximizing.

In this observation area, we were located in front of the student bookstore where alot of student activity and meetings occur on a daily basis. For this exercise, the class observed a wide variety of activities from various student groups and organizations.

Overall, it was a fun activity not only to observe student behavior but most importantly to just get out of the classroom and enjoy the beautiful October day.

Fall 2012 Courses – Cultural Anthropology and Global Public Health

We are back! I want to welcome all the new and returning students at East Carolina University! During this fall 2012 semester, I teach one undergraduate course and one graduate course. The courses are:

ANTH 2200 – Cultural Anthropology

MPH 6007 – Global Public Health (DE)

Each year presents a new set of challenges for me in my courses and I am looking forward to everyone’s participation. Whether the course is face-to-face or online, I try to bring my style of teaching to the class in which all of us can learn from each other.

So are you ready for some work and fun? Let’s get started.

2012 Professional Development Anthropology Class – Completes Course!

Jacquelyn Smith and Dr. Eric Bailey

Jesse Miller and Dr. Eric Bailey

Molly Street and Dr. Eric Bailey

What another amazing semester with my Professional Development Anthropology class! Although this class was the smallest class that I had for this course, it actually was beneficial that it was this size. With only three students in the class, we were able to visit several ECU offices and administrators and learn much more information as to what they do for students at ECU.

The major objectives of this Professional Development Anthropology class were:
1. To recognize what type of practical skills that students have acquired through their coursework;
2. To recognize how these practical skills whether specializing in archaeology, cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, medical anthropology or other anthropology subspecialities can assist students in obtaining jobs that are based in the field of anthropology or not necessarily anthropologically-related;
3. To research and learn about specific job opportunities and internships related to student’s area of interest;
4. To provide an opportunity for various organizations at ECU to present information on practical skill building strategies for students; and
5. To provide a forum for students to learn from other students about the practical skills that students have acquired through their anthropological training.

After all of the site visits, the class discussions and our special lecturers from the 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture series, it was time for each student to present their presentation on what they plan to do with their anthropology degree. Each student has the freedom to present their presentation in any format – formal or informal and in any method that they wanted.

My students – Jesse Miller, Molly Street and Jacki Smith — all gave outstanding presentations and I was so pleased that they expressed more definitively what they wanted to do with their degrees after graduating from East Carolina University. To me, this is the major outcome of this class! I felt very proud of their accomplishment. Additionally, I felt that they felt more at ease about choosing anthropology as their major!

Mandy Dough – Presents Final Lecture for the 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series

Mandy Dough presenting Lecture

Mandy Dough and Dr. Eric Bailey

Anthropology Alumni Lecture series audience

On April 4th, Mandy Dough presented her lecture for the 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series. Currently, Mandy is the UNC Online Proctoring Coordinator for the entire UNC university system. She graduated from the department of Anthropology with a B.A. degree and later acquired a Masters degree in Literature. Her area of speciality in anthropology was Cultural Anthropology.

During her presentation, Mandy recalled the anthropology graduation ceremony in which the department faculty traditionally hands out mugs to all the graduates. She indicated that when she received her mug that’s when the realization of graduating and what would be her next steps in life hit her. After a semseter off and working with various organizations such as Americore, she decided to obtain a graduate degree in literature. After her master’s degree in literature, Mandy eventually landed the job as UNC Online Proctoring Coordinator.

Basically, proctoring is a preventive measure to monitor a student in taking an exam. Yet for online courses, a system needs to be in place and coordinated so that students are properly monitored throughout the online system whether locally, statewide, nationally and globally. Mandy helps students and faculty to learn and set up their proctored exams. She indicated that there is a “proctoring culture” that develops in each place and it’s important to understand how this proctoring culture differs from one place to another.

In addition, Mandy has other interests such as she would love to work for the U.S. Park Service. When asked questions, Mandy emphasized that it is so important for students to plan for paying for your college years, do not take out student loans, and practice building your resume. This is exactly what many of the students wanted to hear.

At the end of her presentation, I presented Mandy the ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Award.

Aaron Bowman – Presents Lecture for the 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series

Aaron Bowman presenting Lecture

Aaron Bowman and Dr. Eric Bailey

Anthropology Alumni Lecture series audience

On March 28th, Aaron Bowman presented his lecture for the 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series. Currently, Aaron is an Anthropology and Sociology Instructor at Surry Community College located in Dobson, North Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Aaron was a graduate student ten years ago and received his Masters degree in Anthropology from ECU’s Anthropology department.

During his presentation, Aaron talked primarily about his teaching activities at Surry Community College and Salem College in which he teaches part-time. At Surry Community College, Aaron stated that he teaches six classes. He also teaches online video classes. When asked why does he enjoy teaching anthropology and sociology, Aaron said that he enjoys sharing his knowledge to students and seeing them flourish with the new knowledge about the world and other people. Aaron also said that he was inspired to be a teacher because his mentors enjoyed teaching.

In addition, Aaron has research interests in tourism and the social and behavioral aspects of gambling. At the end of his presentation, I presented Aaron the ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Award.

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