Early College Second Life Program

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ECU Administrative Support


The program is supported by the Division of Academic Affairs. The project is overseen by the Director (1/2 time) who serves as the liaison between institutions, the public school system officials, and others.

Austin W. Bunch, PhD
Senior Associate Provost
Sharon Kibbe, PhDPaul LaMere
Director, Early College Second Life ProgramTechnology Support Technician
aka "Abbie Michalski"aka "ECU Paul"
(252) 328-9126(252) 737-2119

Current & Past Faculty


ECU provides faculty for the program that are innovative thinkers and stellar teachers in their academic fields. Faculty members are selected by the Dean and Chair of the appropriate College. The Faculty redesigns their course, along with assistance from instructional designers, to fit into the Second Life virtual environment.

Timm Hackett, EnglishJessama Allender, Sociology
BA, University of North Carolina - GreensboroMA, East Carolina University
MA, East Carolina University 
  Melinda Doty, Intro to Computers
Lisa Maag, PsychologyBA, East Carolina University
PhD, University of FloridaMS, East Carolina University
MBA, California Lutheran College 
BA, New Mexico State UniversityScott Williams, Personal Finance
  MAEd, East Carolina University
Gera Miles, EnglishBSBE, East Carolina University
BA, Virginia Military InstitutePhD, Virginia Polytechnic  University
MA, University of Virginia 
  Jo Phipps, Anthropology
Jami L. Leibowitz, AnthropologyBA, Miami University-Middletown
PhD, Connecticut 2003MA, East Carolina University
Elizabeth Hodge, Business Tech.Eric Kisling, Business Tech.
BS, Ithaca CollegeMS, Indiana University
MS, East Carolina UniversityPhD, Indiana University
PhD, University of FloridaBS, University of Alabama
  MAS, Embry Riddle Aero. University, FL
John L. Pickard, Science and Tech. 
MBA, Wayland Baptist University, TXAngela Raper, English
BS, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, FLBA, East Carolina University
AS, Community College of the Air ForceMA, East Carolina University
Kelly McCullough-Barton, Sociology 
MA, East Carolina University


North Carolina Public Schools     

The program is supported in Pitt County Schools by the Superintendent and the Director of Career and Technical Programs in Lenoir County by the Superintendent and the Director of Secondary Instruction. Resources within each high school are also available for technical support, facilitators, and online counselors.

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