Karen Dizio and Dr. Eric Bailey
Karen Dizio presenting Lecture
Anthropology Alumni Lecture series audience
On March 21st, Karen Dizio presented her lecture for the 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture series. Currently, Karen is a Senior Shopper Insight Analyst for Family Dollar and Instructor at Central Piedmont College in Charlotte, NC. Karen was a 2006 Master’s degree graduate of ECU’s Anthropology department.
During her presentation, Karen talked primarily about her first job experience after graduation in working for a Cultural Resource Management (CRM) business and her current job responsibilities as a Senior Shopper Insight Analyst for Family Dollar. Specifically, Karen talked about the “real life” adjustments in working on CRM projects and the cultural anthropological business strategies that she uses on her current job. After her talk, Karen received several questions from the much larger audience which included students from my Professional Development Anthropology class, anthropology undergraduate majors and graduate students as well as Anthropology faculty.
In addition, Karen talked about her teaching anthropology courses at Central Piedmont College. She teaches courses in the early evenings and uses this teaching opportunity to develop more of her skills as a public speaker. At the end her presentation, I presented her the ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Award.
Included are several photos of Karen’s presentation at the 3rd Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture series.
Professional Development Anthropology Class at the Graduate School
Professional Development Anthropology Class and Graduate School
Dean Gemperline, Robin Armstrong, and Eric Bailey
On February 29th, the Professional Development Anthropology class visited ECU’s Graduate School. Our hosts were Dean Paul Gemperline and Graduate School Admission Director Robin Armstrong. We met in the conference and they shared with the class indepth significant information on many issues related to graduate education and getting into graduate school at ECU.
Dean Gemperline shared information on the benefits of graduate education and highlighted the various strategies in getting into a graduate program. He talked about how students can finance their graduate education as well as once the student achieve their graduate degree, more opportunities will become available for the individual graduate student.
After Dean Gemperline’s discussion, Robin Armstrong shared with the class all the major steps involved in getting into graduate school at ECU. She emphasized that students should present themselves in very professional and focused way when applying to a graduate program. Every graduate program are looking for certain type of excellent students and students that best fit their programs. Overall, Robin said that students should do their initial research of each graduate program that they’re interested in and find the best “fit” not only with the coursework but also the faculty in the graduate program.
Throughout Robin’s and Dean Gemperline’s discussions, Molly, Jacquelyn, and Jesse asked a number of detailed and investigative questions. I believe the answers to their questions truly helped to dispel many misconceptions about graduate education and also provided clarity to the process of getting into graduate school.
Overall, our class visit to the Graduate School was an insightful, informative and enriching experience that I’m sure my class appreciated. We truly appreciated the extra time that Robin and Dean Gemperline shared with us.
We are at the start of the Spring 2012 semester and it’s time for another great semester of teaching. During the spring semeter, I teach two undergraduate courses and one graduate courses. The courses are:
ANTH 4501 – Professional Development Anthropology
ANTH 3252 – Medical Anthropology (DE)
MPH 6008 – Ethnic Health & Health Disparities (DE)
Each course brings its own set of exciting and investigative issues to discuss and investigate. Whether the course is face-to-face or distance education, I enjoy finding new ways to present the lecture material and encouraging students to take the lead on their projects/proposals.
Let’s get started!
One of the most exciting classes that I teach throughout the year is the Ethnic Health & Health Disparities class – MPH 6008. This course continues to be a very unique course primarily because it allows students to investigate practical and serious ethnic health issues that are often overlooked in our society today.
Here are some of 2011 Ethnic Health & Health Disparities fieldwork projects/proposals:
The Need for Good Nutrition and Physical Activity Within the African American Population Especially the School Children
Eliminating HPV Linked Cancer Disparities among Minorities Within Eastern North Carolina
“Que Onda..?” A Discussion about Health with Honduran Male Immigrants Living in Durham, NC
Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Treatment of Pain
Perceptions of HIV Risk among Black Women in Eastern North Carolina
Efficacy of Smoking Cessation Programs for Rural White Virginians
Obesity and its Ethnic Health Disparities
Motor Vehicle Crashes among Lumbee Youth in North Carolina
An Individual and Community-Based Intervention to Decrease the Prevalence of Diabetes among Lumbee Indian Youth and Prevent the Occurrence of Cardiovascular Disease
These fieldwork projects/proposals showed alot of diversity of the type of relevant ethnic health and health disparity issues in North Carolina and throughout the United States.
Now that a new year is upon us and a new semester in Medical Anthropology, I usually receive an inquiry from students in my latest class (ANTH 3252 – Medical Anthropology), what are the type of student fieldwork projects/proposals completed for this class? My response is usually — “Anything that is health related and an issue in which you can discover some new cultural health patterns among a specific group.” I also state, “Select a fieldwork project/proposal that is of interest to you.”
Thus from last year’s Medical Anthropology class (2011), here is a list of some of their fieldwork projects/proposals:
Obesity in America
Nursing and Stereotyping of Gender
Athritis Doesn’t Just Affect the Elderly
What Makes People Motivate to Exercise
Electronics and Technology’s Indirect and Direct Detriments to the Health of Today’s Population
Combat-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Soldiers’ Unseen Scars
Working Women and Eating Habits
Why African American Men Delay Seeking Healthcare
Well, that’s it! Last year, students completed some outstanding fieldwork projects/proposals and I’m sure this Medical Anthropology 2012 class will surprise me again with some outstanding fieldwork projects/proposals. I can’t wait to read them all at the end of the semester!