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ECU Career Center visits Professional Development Anthropology Class

Here is Mr. John Stowe lecturing to class.

Here is Mr. John Stowe lecturing to class.

Mr.  John Stowe

Mr. John Stowe

On February 26, ECU’s Career Center – Mr. John Stowe – gave our Professional Development Anthro class an excellent presentation emphasizing resume writing, career opportunities, and skill building. Without a doubt, Mr. Stowe’s presentation was well-received by the class and they took alot of notes on this very practical lecture.

In fact, Mr. Stowe highlighted such issues as resume writing guidelines, the four types of resumes, ECU Career Net, O-Net online, and Pirate Alumni.com. One of the areas of his presentation that I thought helped students the most was his mentioniong of “transferrable skills.” Transferrable Skills are portable skills that deliberately (or inadvertently) take with you to other life experiences. Graduating with an Anthropology degree which is apart of School of Liberal Arts, gives our anthropology students skills that other college graduates simply do not have. Thus, Mr. Stowe stated that those who graduate with a liberal arts degree will be highly employable when they graduate.

THIS IS EXACTLY THE TYPE OF INFORMATION THAT MY STUDENTS NEEDED TO HEAR!

Check out a couple of photos!

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!

Professional Development Anthropology Class – Student Career Presentations

My class

My class

Mikael Lisenby

Mikael Lisenby

Julia Muller

Julia Muller

Ty Holmes

Ty Holmes

Krista Dawson

Krista Dawson

Well, we finally made it! The last day of class for my Professional Development Anthropology class. After a very long spring semester in which we talked about so many practical and real-life issues related to all the students future career aspirations whether in anthropology or another related discipline, it was time for each student to share with the class what THEY WANT TO DO WITH THEIR FUTURE CAREER AFTER GRADUATING with a degree in anthropology or related discipline.

As a reminder, this Professional Development Anthropology class major course objectives for students are: (1) To recognize what type of practical skills that you have acquired through your coursework; (2) To recognize how these practical skills whether specializing in archaeology, cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, medical anthropology or other anthropology subspecialties can assist you 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 your area of interest; (4) To provide an opportunity for various organizations at East Carolina University to present information on practical skill building strategies to you; and (5) To provide a forum for you to learn from other students about the practical skills that you have acquired through your anthropological training.

Thirteen students presented their final projects before the entire class. One after another, each student shared their perspective on not only how they felt anthropology (or a related major) helped to find their place in the world but most importantly what they STRONGLY DESIRED AND DREAMED to do in the near future and long-term career plans.

I was THOROUGHLY IMPRESSED and DELIGHTED to hear and see each student’s final project talk. Of course, I believe that this final day showed how important this Professional Developoment Anthropology class is to each student because it gave them a framework, a road-map, a direction and practical skills to use anthropology in fulfilling their utmost career aspirations – whatever that may be!

Check out a few photos from my students and please check out my Facebook page which highlights all of the students’ Professional Development Anthropology final project talk.

4th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lectures – Daryl Armour

The audience

The audience

Daryl receiving Alumni Award

Daryl receiving Alumni Award

Daryl Armour

Daryl Armour

On April 10th, the 4th Annual ECU Alumni Lectures celebrated our third speaker – Daryl Armour! Daryl Armour is a 2012 graduate who received his masters in anthropology and concentration in archaeology. Currently, Daryl is an archeologist, research fellow working for Fort Bragg, NC. The title of his talk was, “My Experiences within Cultural Resource Management.”

As a reminder, the purpose of ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture series is designed for former ECU anthropology students to share their experise 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 anthropology graduates with current ECU anthropology majors.

Daryl’s lecture was well organized, informative and entertaining and truly highlighted the differences between CRM archaeology versus Public Archaeology. In general, Daryl talked about the field of Cultural Resource Management, CRM – The Industry, What you can expect from working in CRM, What you can expect to be paid in CRM, and his advice to students who are interested in the field of CRM.

In particular, Daryl’s advice for soon-to-be graduates was:
1. Network with Co-workers/professionals.
2. Always ask questions.
3. Always think about how to advance your skills and figure out how to bring out your talents to the table.
4. Remember your ethnics.

Finally, Daryl suggested that individuals interested in CRM should get additional training and skill development in G.I.S., Database Management; and Writing Skills. In addition, interested graduates can get information on jobs at various websites, blogs and new podcasts specifically on how to start your own CRM company. It was quite apparent that Daryl had learn alot in just a few years being in the field and that’s why his talk was an excellent opportunity for students to learn about his experience. Just as the title of his talk stated – “My Experiences within CRM.”

4th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lectures – Christine Andresen

Christine Andresen and Dr. Eric Bailey

Christine Andresen and Dr. Eric Bailey


Christine Andresen and the audience

Christine Andresen and the audience

Christine Andresen

Christine Andresen

On April 3rd, the 4th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lectures celebrated our second speaker – Christine Andresen! Christine is a 2007 graduate who received her bachelors in anthropology and a MA in Library science in 2010. Currently, Christine works for ECU’s Laupus library as an Instructional Design Librarian. The title of her talk was, “Anthropologist in the Library: An Unexpected Adventure.”

As a reminder, the purpose of 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 anthrpology graduates with current ECU anthropology majors.

Christine’s lecture was precisely what the students needed to hear because Christine said that she didn’t have a specific plan to follow after graduation – it just happened. In fact, although Christine specialized in cultural anthropology (and took my Medical Anthropolgoy class a few years ago) and had hoped to travel the world using her cultural anthropology expertise, she realized that immediate opportunities with her bachelor’s degree in anthropology did not occur. She therefore had to resort to her back-up plan and take the advice from her grandmother. Her grandmother suggested that she volunteer at ECU’s library. Well, it just so happened that eventually ECU hired Christine as a liaison and instructional design librarian.

Christine’s talk was casual and informal in which she shared many of the pratical, real-life issues that many graduates face. Although her plans did not go as planned initially, she found ways to create new opportunities and skills simply by working hard in the jobs that became available to her. One thing lead to another and now she is the liasion for the Dental School and instructional design librarian. Christine is also enrolled in another graduate program to receive her second Masters. This one will be in Instructional Design Technology. With this second masters degree, Christine indicated that it will make her more of an expert in several areas and marketable because every library needs an expert to teach faculty and students about how to use the latest research data bases for their individual needs.

Ironically, I can attest to Christine’s outstanding expertise because a couple of hours after her talk to students, I was involved in a research database training session for faculty in the Belk building and guess who was the instructor — Christine along with her colleague from ECU library! What a small world and what a great outcome for our outstanding anthropology major who is working for ECU as an Instructional Design Librarian! Indeed, the title of Christine’s talk is fitting to where she is now in her career — “Anthropologist in the Library: An Unexpected Adventure.”

Check out a few photos from her talk!

4th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lectures – Blake Wiggs

Blake Wiggs and Dr. Eric Bailey

Blake Wiggs and Dr. Eric Bailey

Blake Wiggs and the audience.

Blake Wiggs and the audience.

Blake Wiggs

Blake Wiggs

On March 20th, the 4th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lectures began with our first alumni speaker – Blake Wiggs!
Blake is a 2008 graduate who received his bachelors in anthropology and MAT in teaching (2010). Blake had worked in CRM archaeology and is now teaching in the Craven County Early College Program. The title of his talk was, “Anthropology and Education.”

As a reminder, the purpose of 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 anthropology graduates with current ECU anthropology majors.

Blake’s lecture was exactly the type of information that I wanted the students to hear particularly for the first lecture. Blake began his lecture with giving the audience a little exercise to find out what they perceive as the type of skills that students develop by majoring in anthropology. Interestingly, these skills that anthropology majors achieve at the end of their undergraduate training are exactly the skills that have been labeled as “21st Century Skills.”

Blake said that “21st Century Skills” are emphasized everywhere nowadays particularly in the field of education. 21st Century Skills are needed desperately by employers in every field yet a vast majority of today’s graduates do not have these necessary global skills. Fortunately for anthropology majors, students have these skills. One of the keys as Blake emphasized, “anthropology students need to be made aware that they have these skills.”

By the end of his talk, the audience could easily see how passionate Blake is about the field of education and his long-term commitment to the fields of anthropology and education. In fact, the disciplines of anthropology and education are a great fit for the 21st century!

Check out a few photos of our outstanding first speaker Blake Wiggs and later this summer, I will post a short-video of his talk. You can also check out a few more photos of the event on my professional Facebook page.

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.

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!

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