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Photo Information: The cupola on ECU's campus is a double-sized replica of the domed roof structure that once crowned the top of the original Austin Building, one of the first buildings constructed on campus which was used for classrooms and administrative offices. It was torn down in 1969.
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Welcome to East Carolina University
and the New Faculty Orientation Program!

Welcome to an institution with a proud tradition of service and leadership to the people of this region, state, nation and world. We are pleased you made the choice to join our outstanding faculty, and we look forward to your contributions in our continued growth and development as a leader in higher education. You are joining ECU at a time of growth, expansion of vital health care programs, the development of our Honors College, and the emergence of a true Leadership University. We’re glad you are here.

All of us at East Carolina are committed to your success as an educator and a scholar. You will find among our programs and our people the resources to help you realize your aspirations, beginning with New Faculty Orientation scheduled for August 18 – 22, 2014. Our faculty is excellent, and our degree offerings are extensive. We offer more than 100 bachelor's degrees, 77 master's degree programs, 15 research/scholarship doctoral programs, 6 professional practice doctoral degrees (AuD, DMD, DNP, DPT, MD), and 2 intermediate (EdS or CAS) degrees. 

We are a diverse community, and we value the differences inherent in us all. Our student body includes students from 47 states and over 67 foreign countries. Our students include traditional students, adult learners, and learners from a distance. We have invested heavily in technology, so our classrooms and laboratories are on the cutting edge.

The motto of ECU is servire, to serve. We offer a vibrant community outside the classroom, including a rich variety of social, recreational, and service activities. Last year over 11,000 students worked with 303 community partners to provide over 153,200 hours of volunteerism and service learning not only in Pitt County, but also in 29 other counties and 13 states. Twenty-four students were inducted into the Servire Society in 2014. Faculty taught 519 courses that incorporate learning in the community including 39 service-learning courses, and they were also involved in many hours of departmental, professional, university, and community service activities. We look forward to your contributions to the university and to Eastern North Carolina.

Our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends know what a difference a sense of belonging makes in a community of scholars. The goal of the East Carolina University New Faculty Orientation Program is to support you in joining our university community. You will be oriented to a variety of resources available to you and your students for teaching and learning, research and service. You will be given opportunities to network with other new and experienced faculty who exemplify excellence in all areas. You will be invited to participate in our strong tradition of shared governance and provided information about annual and cumulative review.

We believe you will find a place for yourself at East Carolina. Join us in making East Carolina University an ever stronger leader in teaching, research, and service. Welcome and get ready. Tomorrow starts here.


Steve Ballard

ECU Tomorrow: A Vision for Leadership and Service

Great progress has occurred toward the development of an ongoing, integrated strategic planning process for East Carolina. ECU is updating the current plan which expires at the end of 2013 to reflect the new UNC Strategic Plan, "Our Time, Our Future." In accordance with the ECU mission and based on the ideas put forward by the Chancellor's Office and the vice chancellors who respond to the UNC plan, the Office of Institutional Planning and the Strategic Planning Committee support the planning efforts building on the campus-wide work done for our 2013 SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation and our 2011 Baldrige application executive summary. Both of these endeavors inform sound institutional planning and enhance institutional effectiveness.