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

Global Cultures class – Fantastic first Experience!

May 11th, 2015
Global Cultures class

Global Cultures class

Global Cultures class

Global Cultures class

Global Cultures class

Global Cultures class

Well, I accomplished it! I created and completed the teaching of a brand new introductory course entitled, “Understanding and Appreciating Our Global World: A Multicultural Perspective,” or in otherwords – Global Cultures.

This is a course that I felt our university and students desperately needed and in fact they do! The students in this very first class did an excellent job in staying with the content of my course and participating on all the different exercise issues related to global cultures. By the end of the semester, we learned about 25 countries!!

We learned about each country’s history, sociodemographics, cultural patterns, and their individual language greeting phrases. Of course, it was a bit challenging for students at the beginning of the course, but eventually they opened-up and expressed a wide array of perceptions.

Check out the class photos! They were a special group of Global Cultures students – THE FIRST!

Global Cultures

Co-Mentoring Honor Students Internship Project – “Let’s Talk About Race”

May 1st, 2015
Our Group Selfie

Our Group Selfie

Dr. Fraley, Matt, Zoe and myself

Dr. Fraley, Matt, Zoe and myself

A few nights ago, I had the pleasure to attend the ECU Honors College 2015 Honors 3100 & EC Scholar Internship Showcase event. Zoe Hinton & Matt Early – the two Honor students that I co-mentored with Dr. Todd Fraley presented their internship project entitled, “Let’s Talk About Race.” I was very proud of their motivation and passion for this issue because not too many students would have the courage to address this topic particularly nowadays. During the event, I was given an opportunity as their Co-Mentor to speak to the crowd to let them know how important their internship is to the entire ECU community.

Check out a few photos including our group Selfie!

Dr. Eric Bailey, Dr. Todd Fraley, Matt Early, Zoe Hinton

Helping Student Complete Video Project on Health

April 23rd, 2015
Torre and Dr. Bailey Selfie

Torre and Dr. Bailey Selfie

Torre and Dr. Bailey after class.

Torre and Dr. Bailey after my class.

As a professor at ECU, I often get requests from a number of students to assist them with their individual projects. This spring semester, I received a request from junior Torre Blake – a junior in the School of Communications and a journalism major — to help her complete a video project on health.

The title of her video project on health was, “Is the Freshman 15 Real?” This topic is very important to all students particularly for the incoming Freshman because this health question is backed up with verifiable data across the country. In fact, this issue of Freshman gaining weight is nothing new because as I had stated in my interview, when I was a freshman in college back in the 70s (Miami University, Ohio), gaining weight was not unusual for first time college students. Yet today in 2015 is an epidemic and truly a significant public health issues for universities today.

Torre interviewed me in my office and took some shots of me lecturing in my class. After getting a chance to view her draft of the video project, I was very impressed. She put together an excellent video news health segment that you normally see on a TV newscast. I am sure one day, we will see Torre on TV being a journalist and TV news health reporter.

I was very pleased to be apart of her video project on health. Congrats to Torre!! Of course, I had to document her video project with a photo and a Selfie!

Dr. Eric Bailey, Freshman 15, Student Video Project, Torre Blake

Teaching 3 Courses for Spring 2015 – Global Cultures (ANTH 1200), Medical Anth (ANTH 3252) and Health Disparities (MPH 6008)

March 9th, 2015

Well, it is 2015 and I am finally catching up with my updates for my “Course Happenings” activities for the year. To illustrate how busy I have been since the start of Spring 2015, it is spring break now (March) and I finally have a chance to update my “Course Happenings” Blog! Where has the time gone!

In any case, I am teaching three courses for the Spring semester. They are:

ANTH 1200 Understanding and Appreciating Our Global World: A Multicultural Perspective
ANTH 3252 Medical Anthropology
MPH 6008 Ethnic Health and Health Disparities

Quite naturally, I am excited with teaching all three courses!! Each course and the students involved with each course brings a whole new level of excitement each time that I teach the course. In particular, the undergraduate course – Medical Anthropology and the graduate course – Ethnic Health & Health Disparities – are both online courses! They are a joy to teach because I get a number of outstanding students in both classes. This semester, both of these classes have already illustrated that students are so focused and committed to each course assignment, discussion and testing that it’s been delightful to get to the next course topic due to the fact that the students are eager and ready for it!

As for my Global Cultures (ANTH 1200), this is the very first time that I am teaching this class! I developed this class this past summer and couldn’t wait to put this class in motion. This class is a traditional face-to-face class in which I take the students on a journey around the world focusing on the “cultural metaphors” and “cultural themes” of over 25 countries. I specifically designed this course like a traveler’s journey around the world in which he/she becomes familiar with each country from the country’s perspective – not from an “outsider’s perspective.” Thus, by the end, I hope that students get a better understanding and appreciation of each country as we travel from one nation to another during our 15 weeks with this course. It’s a lot to cover yet that’s the fun and uniqueness of this course!!

So if you are interested in any of my Spring 2015 courses and have any follow-up questions, send me an email at: baileye@ecu.edu. That’s what happening in my “Course Happenings” course activities at East Carolina University for the spring 2015!

ANTH 3252 Medical Anthropology, ANTH Global Cultures, Global Cultures, MPH 6008 Ethnic Health and Health Disparities, Understanding and Appreciating Our Global World: A Multicultural Perspective

Cultural Anthropology Class – Final Day

December 20th, 2014
Here is my Cultural Anthro class.

Here is my Cultural Anthro class.

My Cultural Anthro class.

My Cultural Anthro class.

It’s truly a joy to go through another semester teaching college courses particularly this Cultural Anthropology course! As usual, I had another enjoyable time with all the students in this Cultural Anthropology class. There were times in which we had very lively discussions and feedback on a wide array of cultural anthropological issues and there were also times in which the class was very quiet.

The challenge to present cultural anthropology to students today is always different each semester. For this class, I tried a number of strategies to get students to open up and talk about some of these sensitive issues and I believe it worked. In fact, there were a number of students who truly excelled in our class discussions and became the top leaders in the class. That’s what I truly enjoy experiencing in this class — Students stepping up and becoming leaders!! It’s a great feeling!

Here are a few photos of my outstanding Cultural Anthropology class!

Cultural Anthropology - Fall 2014

Global Public Health – Fall 2014

October 4th, 2014

Each semester, I teach an undergraduate course and a graduate course. For the fall, I teach MPH 6007 Global Public Health for the Department of Public Health – MPH program. It is entirely online. This MPH 6007 course is also apart of my Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) Graduate Certificate Online program in the Department of Public Health at East Carolina University.

Each year, this Global Public Health course becomes even more important in the United States and in the world primarily because students and the general public are recognizing that we live in a global environment and global public health issues affect all of us each and everyday.

At the moment, the most significant global public health issue affecting the United States and West Africa is the Ebola Virus. This is one of many topics that my class investigates from our unique approach related to global public health.

The major Course Objectives of my Global Public Health course are:

1. Identify and assess the major components of medical anthropology and public health as they relate to global public health issues.

2. Identify and discuss the major global public health concerns of specific populations from one country to another.

3. Apply principles and strategies derived from medical anthropology and public health toward planning, implementing and evaluating global public health intervention programs.

To check out how this class relates to my ERHD program, please go to my ERHD Blog.

Ebola Virus, ERHD Graduate Certificate Online Program, Global Public Health - Fall 2014, Global Public Health - MPH 6007, United States, West Africa

Cultural Anthropology Class – Fall 2014

October 4th, 2014
Cultural Anthro Class

Cultural Anthro Class

Cultural Anthro Class

Cultural Anthro Class

It’s another fall season and I am delighted to be teaching Cultural Anthropology again. Let me see, I believe it’s been almost 26 years since I first started teaching Cultural Anthropology and anthropology courses at the university level and it’s always different each year.

This fall Cultural Anthropology course is another fantastic class in which I am very excited to share the concepts, theories, and practical applications of cultural anthropology with a new set of diverse students at East Carolina University. As a reminder, the course objectives of my Cultural Anthropology class are:

1. To provide a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of Cultural Anthropology – its fundamental principles and key concepts.

2. To encourage awareness of cultural and human diversity.

3. To help all students make sense of our increasingly interconnected world and to find their particular place in it.

4. To help students to find out how they can make a difference in our local and global communities.

As a surprise to my class in September, I took them outside and we conducted an applied cultural anthropology exercise – we did FIELDWORK and we OBSERVED ECU student behavior. Check out a couple of photos:

Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology - Fall 2014, Fieldwork

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