Welcome to Course Happenings!

May 5th, 2009

Professor Bailey welcomes you to his university blog.

Professor Bailey welcomes you to his university blog.

Greetings Everyone,

I want to welcome you to my Course Happenings Blog! This is the place where all of my students, colleagues, staff, and administrators can check out some of the latest activities and events associated with my major courses at ECU. In particular, I will highlight my undergraduate courses in Anthropology and my graduate courses in Public Health.

Since I have a joint appointment in two departments (Anthropology & Public Health), I felt the need to start this blog to showcase some of the special activities associated with my courses.

My undergraduate courses are:

  • Cultural Anthropology – ANTH 2200
  • Medical Anthropology – ANTH 3252
  • Professional Development Anthropology – ANTH 4501

My graduate courses are:

  • Ethnic Health & Health Disparities – MPH 6008
  • Global Public Health – MPH 6007
  • African American Health – MPH 6005
  • *Capstone Experience in Ethnic Health & Health Disparities – MPH 6009

So these are the major courses that I will be highlighting on my new blog — COURSE HAPPENINGS!!

Finally feel free to share your ideals on my blog because I want to hear from everyone who has similar interests.

Professor Eric Bailey, Welcome & Greetings

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

May 2nd, 2014
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, Class Selfie, Dr. Eric Bailey, Emma Browning, Professional Development Anthropology 2014

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

May 2nd, 2014
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, Cultural Resource Management, Dr. Eric Bailey, Lauren Souther

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

April 5th, 2014
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!

5th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture Series, Alumni Lecture Selfie with Bach Pham, Bach Pham, Dr. Eric Bailey

Graduate School Dean visits Class and First Class Selfie!

March 19th, 2014
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!

Class Selfie, Dean Paul Gemperline, Dr. Eric Bailey, Professional Development Anthropology Class Selfie

ECU Career Center visits Professional Development Anthropology Class

March 2nd, 2014
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!

ECU Career Net, Mr. John Stowe, Professional Development Anthropology, Professional Development Anthropology 2014, Resume Writing, Transferrable Skills

2014 Professional Development Class – Our Visit to ECU Career Center

February 24th, 2014
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!

2014 Professional Development Anthropology Class, Dr. Eric Bailey, ECU Career Center, Mr. John Stowe, Professional Development Anthropology

Ethnic Health & Health Disparities Fieldwork Projects and Proposals – MPH 6008

January 7th, 2014

In my Ethnic Health & Health Disparities course – MPH 6008, there are three major objectives: (1) Identify and assess the major health issues associated with specific ethnic and health disparity populations in the United States; (2) Describe ethnic health and health disparity issues, including its unique and important features; and (3) Apply principles and strategies derived from public health and medical anthropology toward planning, implementing and evaluating specific ethnic health and health disparities intervention programs.

One of the major requirements for students in this class is to complete an ethnic health & health disparities fieldwork project or proposal. Students are asked to do a project or proposal of THEIR choice and interest that’s related to our course. Fortunately, the projects and proposals from my students have been outstanding, informative and very practical. Here are SOME of the ethnic health and health disparities fieldwork projects and proposals from the past couple of years:

2013 Ethnic Health & Health Disparities Fieldwork Projects and Proposals

The Perception of Married Latina Women HIV Transmission and Risk Factors

The Health Disparities of Obesity among African American Women

Hispanic Culture and Diabetes: The Susceptibility of Today’s Youth

Bridging the Gap Between Traditional and Mainstream Healthcare Practices

Asian Indians and Health Disparity

Get Up and Move: African Americans and Obesity

Improving Breastfeeding Support for African American Mothers

Health Disparities among HIV/AIDS Population

Combatting Diabetes in Adult Hispanic/Latino in Pitt County, NC.

Gun Violence in the African American Community

Mental Health Issues among Latino Farmworkers

2012 Ethnic Health & Health Disparities Fieldwork Projects and Proposals

Understanding Infant Mortality among African American Women within Pitt County, NC.

Depression: A Proposal to Evaluate Barriers that Affect African American Males from Seeking Care

Targeting Skin Cancer among Caucasian Women in the United States

A Proposal to Study the Knowledge, Beliefs and Perceptions of Diabetes among the Lumbee Tribe

Communication Breakdown: Impacts of Cultural Competency on Physician and Patient Communication and Strategies to Reduce Ethnic Health Disparities

Tobacco Use in Ethnic Rural Health Disparities: West Virginian Disparities and Culturally Competent Solutions

A Gospel of Good Health: A Fieldwork Study on the Importance of Health and Faith

Solving the Ethnic Health Disparity of Chronic Liver Disease Attributable to Alcohol Consumption in Lumbee Native Americans

Ethnic Health & Health Disparities, Ethnic Health & Health Disparities Fieldwork Projects, Ethnic Health & Health Disparities Proposals, Graduate Course, Spring 2013 Courses

Medical Anthropology Fieldwork Projects and Proposals – ANTH 3252 Course

January 7th, 2014

My Medical Anthropology course – ANTH 3252 has three major objectives for students: (1) To provide a comprehensive introduction to the subspecialty of Medical Anthropology – its fundamental principles and key concepts; (2) To encourage awareness of cultural health perspectives and issues; and (3) Apply principles and strategies derived from medical anthropology toward planning, implementing and evaluating health intervention programs.

In particular, the third major objective — applying principles and strategies — gives students an opportunity to conduct their own an applied medical anthropological fieldwork project or develop a proposal. One of the major requirements for this course is for all students to do a medical anthropological fieldwork project or proposal. Quite naturally, students want to know what are the type of applied medical anthropological fielwork projects or proposals that have been completed in previous medical anthropology classes.

Well for those students who want to know SOME of the titles from previous Medical Anthropology classes, here are few titles from my 2013 and 2012 Medical Anthropology classes:

2013 Fieldwork Projects or Proposals

Dealing With Depression on College Campus

The Inequalities of the Healthcare System: A Dental Approach

Preventive Medicine: Wellness and the Treatment of Chronic Diseases

Differences in Health Perspectives and Behavior Between First & Second Generation Indian Americans

The Rising Cost of Healthcare

Childhood Obesity

Cervical Cancer Concerning HPV in College Women

UV Radiation and Skin Cancer among Hispanics

Concussion in College Athletics

Mental Health and Female Violent Offenders

HIV/AIDS among African Americans and Hispanics

Language Barriers: A Field Study of Russian Speaking Immigrants

2012 Fieldwork Projects or Proposals

Motivation for Healthy Lifestyles in Young Woman

Socioeconomic Status and Oral Health

Unprotected Sex on College Campuses

Sexual Health Dialogue Between Parents and Teens

Is Cigarette Smoking More Prevalent on College Campuses in Eastern North Carolina

Exploration of Birthing Options of Teenaged Mothers

The High Cost of Quality Health Care

The Exercise and Eating Routines of College Students

Healthcare Insurance in America

Osteoporosis Screening and Dairy Avoidance in African American Women: Applying Bio-Cultural Analysis to Healthcare Provision Strategies

Medical Anthropological Fieldwork Projects, Medical Anthropological Fieldwork Proposals, Medical Anthropology, Spring 2013 Courses, Undergraduate Course

Cultural Anthropology – Fall 2013 Class – Last Lecture Day & Rites of Passage Message

December 17th, 2013
Here is the entire class in this photo. Great class!

Here is the entire class in this photo. Great class!

Here is another photo of my fantastic class.

Here is another photo of my fantastic class.

Here is another photo of my Cultural Anthropology class.

Here is another photo of my Cultural Anthropology class.

Well, it was another exciting and challenging Cultural Anthropology class during this fall semester of 2013! I can’t believe that it’s over yet it still feels like yesterday when I started teaching this class. I have to be honest about this class. It took a little longer for them to open up about some of the topical issues in the course, but they eventually shared alot of relevant, personal, and deep-thinking engaging dialogue to the course lectures.

Now that I have truly re-focused this Cultural Anthropology class on material and topics that all students can relate to, it has allowed many students to begin to think of culture in a whole new way. That is, in a manner in which “culture” is something that all students are emersed into whether they are aware of it or not. Fortunately, in this class, students recognized that not only do they have their own distinct cultural patterns, they recognized the importance of other populations having their “own” distinct cultural patterns as well. Students also recognized that they can “learn” from other cultures on a number of issues that we discussed throughout the semester.

Throughout the semester, we did several fun activities such as going outside and observing ECU cultural events and groups. We had several in-class group exercises on topics that were most relevant to student life. Finally, we had special guest speakers who surprised the class with a very special performance and message!

Again, I had another WONDERFUL and ENGAGING Cultural Anthropology class this semester. I learned alot from them and I hope that learned alot from me!

Here are few photos of my outstanding Cultural Anthropology class.

Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology Class - Fall 2013, Undergraduate Course

4th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lectures – YouTube Video Presentations

August 12th, 2013

After filming the 4th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lectures in April, I have finally had the time this summer to edit, produce and post all of the presentations on YouTube. Here are the names of the anthropology alumni presenters, the title of their talks, and the YouTube.com link.

1. Blake Wiggs
Title: Anthropology and Education
YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_lOg5LMKc8

2. Christine Andresen
Title: Anthropologist in the Library: An Unexpected Adventure
YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6vbF0vNfcw

3. Daryl Armour
Title: My Experiences within Cultural Resource Management
YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPBDO2rBwYM

4. Kyle McCandless
Title: Education and the Real World
YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geYobleo8WI

5. Dr. Cynthia Bellacero
Title: From Archaeololgy to Administration: It Can Happen To You”
YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YMpfSbErQ0

Please check out our outstanding East Carolina University Anthropology Alumni Lectures and send me your feedback at baileye@ecu.edu.

4th Annual ECU Anthropology Alumni Lecture, Blake Wiggs, Christine Andresen, Daryl Armour, Dr. Cynthia Bellacero, East Carolina University, Kyle McCandless, YouTube videos