Summer programs offered for faculty, staff

The ECU Office of Faculty Excellence and the Office for Faculty Development at the Brody School of Medicine invite faculty, staff and graduate students to register for summer educational workshops including summer research and statistics workshop sessions and the Teaching with Technology Summer Academy.

The research and statistics workshop series will be held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from May 21 to June 6. Seating is limited and registration for each session is required.

The Teaching with Technology Summer Academy is set for June 10 – 14. Individuals registering for the entire academy will have priority registration.

Registration for these and other program is available at https://collab.ecu.edu/sites/CFERegistration/Lists/Courses/calendar.aspx. Because the site is a SharePoint site, users may need to put intra\ before their userid.

Courses listed in gold are offered by the OFD at the Brody School of Medicine and in purple are offered by the OFE on east campus.

Individuals who have difficulty registering should call 328-1426 or e-mail kendalla@ecu.edu.

For more details about the Office of Faculty Excellence, visit http://www.ecu.edu/ofe/.  For details on the Office of Faculty Development, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/bsomfacdev/index.cfm.

 

Share

Schmit honored with supervisor award

East Carolina University’s department of Facilities Services has recognized Ray Schmit with Utilities Services – HVAC with a 2013 Facilities Services Supervisor Award for Excellence recipient in the category of leadership.

 

Share

Parent orientation materials accepted May 31

Jennifer Lewis of Fayetteville, left, sits with Ashlyn Lewis outside the Old Cafeteria building during a new student orientation event at East Carolina University. (ECU News Services photo by Cliff Hollis)

Jennifer Lewis of Fayetteville, left, sits with Ashlyn Lewis outside the Old Cafeteria building during a new student orientation event at ECU. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

East Carolina University departments with items intended for distribution to family members during new student orientation should submit materials between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. May 31 to room 010, Fleming Residence Hall.

Departments with items to share should prepare 2,200 copies of each item for the parent packets and organize staff members capable of lifting and delivering the materials.

The ECU Office of Student Transitions will compile the materials for delivery to parents during orientation. Students no longer receive paper materials; their information is compiled on a flash drive.

For additional information, contact Karen S. Smith at 328-4173 or smithka@ecu.edu.

 

Share

Business faculty report publications

Faculty in the ECU College of Business have reported recent publications as follows:

An article by Denise E. Dickins (Accounting), “The importance of sample selection: An instructional resource using U.S. presidential elections,” was published in the Journal of Accounting Education.

An article by Marketing and Supply Chain Management faculty members Susan DelVecchio and Kenneth Anselmi, “Big Brother or Big Bother: E-Monitoring hte Salesforce,” appeared in the Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing.

An article by John Drake (Management Information Systems), “Searching for Alternatives: Does your disposition matter?” appeared in the Internaitonal Journal of Technology and Human Interaction.

Share

Kerbs provides tutoring on-demand for criminal justice statistics

ECU professors Dr. John Kerbs observes as tutor Michael Mattocks, right, works with a criminal justice student. (Contributed photo)

ECU professors Dr. John Kerbs observes as tutor Michael Mattocks, right, works with a criminal justice student. (Contributed photos)

 

By Nicole Wood
College of Human Ecology

You will find Dr. John Kerbs in his office early in the morning, late at night, and on the weekend. If he isn’t there or in front of the classroom, check over at the Old Cafeteria Building where he’s probably in the Pirate Tutoring Center working with the CJ Stat Lab tutors.

The CJ Stat Lab grew out of a need for more one-on-one assistance for students in JUST 3900, Introductory Statistics for Criminal Justice. “There just wasn’t enough time in class or during office hours to give the students the kind of attention they were seeking,” said Kerbs. “I knew we needed a different approach and so I partnered with the tutoring center and the textbook publisher (CENGAGE Learning) to create a hybrid tutoring model that features face-to-face and online assistance.”

The model involves several components including free access to qualified tutors, online course materials, textbooks and calculators.

Students from JUST 3900 compete each semester for the “Top Gun Statistician Award” which aids in the search for high-quality tutors. “I want the best students in the class working as tutors and I’ve been very fortunate this semester that Ethan Cooper, ‘Top Gun Statistician’ from the fall semester, agreed to be the lead tutor for this spring,” said Kerbs.

Cooper, in coordination with Kerbs and other tutors, developed a system of online notes, sample problems and tips for Aplia’s online homework modules. “I hope to help students in JUST 3900 so that they might score above the national average on Aplia,” said Cooper. Aplia is an online statisics homework system designed to help make statistics relevant and engaging. Kerbs incorporates Aplia assignments into the JUST 3900 curriculum.

Students in Kerbs' criminal justice statistics class have found good success with the additional tutoring offered to help them succeed.

Students in Kerbs’ criminal justice statistics class have found good success with the additional tutoring offered to help them succeed.

The final piece of the puzzle was tapping CENGAGE Learning to help defray the cost of providing materials for the students. “We now have 10 books and 10 calculators at both Joyner Library and the Pirate Tutoring Center.  This was a very large donation of books and calculators from CENGAGE Learning, which has been invaluable given that many students are now availing themselves of the free materials in both locations,” Kerbs said. CENGAGE also sponsors the “Top Gun Statistician Award.”

Pirate Tutoring Center Director Elizabeth Coghill said, “The partnership with Dr. Kerbs in criminal justice is a model for future tutoring in high need courses. When faculty, tutors, Starfish early alerts and PTC staff collaborate, success happens. This semester saw high attendance from the JUST 3900 students. We look forward to working with faculty like Dr. Kerbs in other academic departments. When we join together, students succeed.”

With fierce competition for this semester’s “Top Gun Statistician Award,”  Kerbs said that he should have no problem meeting the need of his students next semester with an even larger cohort of qualified tutors.

For additional information, visit the criminal justice stat lab site at http://blog.ecu.edu/sites/johnkerbs/

Share