Division of Academic Affairs
Graduate Catalog 2010-2011
Academic Program Planning & Development
Admission & Readmission
Leadership & Intl Programs
Degrees, Minors and Certificates
Graduate Degree Programs
Organization of The University of North Carolina
Organization of East Carolina University
Memberships and Accreditations
Academic Integrity Policy
Campus and Buildings
Information Technology and Computing Services
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Relations
Patent and Copyright Policies
Research and Creative Activity
Sponsored Journals and Publications
University Writing Center
On July 2, 1908, former governor Thomas Jordan Jarvis, considered to be the father of East Carolina University, made the following remark as he broke ground for a teachers training school where Jarvis Residence Hall now stands:
“We can never begin to calculate the value it will be to North Carolina.”
The teachers college, chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly on March 8, 1907, as a two-year normal school, opened its first regular session on October 5, 1909, with 174 men and women students enrolled. The first graduating class received diplomas on June 6, 1911. The years that followed revealed the accuracy of Jarvis’ statement.
Since its inception in 1907, East Carolina has evolved from a teachers training school to a national research university. The student population has grown from 147 to over 25,000. The campus now includes more than 160 buildings in four locations: the central campus, health sciences, athletics, and west research campus. The university’s academic programs are housed in ten colleges and professional schools, including the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.
East Carolina University has become the institution that was envisioned by its early leaders, fulfilling its motto, “to serve.” Today’s leadership continues to build upon the foundation laid by Robert H. Wright, the first president of the university:
We will give to the rising generation the purest inheritance of the nation and better preparation than has ever been given to a preceding generation. This school is an expression of that determination; it was built by the people, for the people, and may it ever remain with the people, as a servant of the people.
In North Carolina, all public educational institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees are part of The University of North Carolina. Of the sixteen constituent institutions of the multicampus state university, East Carolina University is the third largest. The University of North Carolina includes Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina School of the Arts, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Western Carolina University, and Winston-Salem State University. The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, a residential high school for gifted students, is an affiliated school of The University of North Carolina.
East Carolina University, a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina, is a public doctoral university committed to meeting the educational needs of North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic region. It offers baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional fields, including medicine. The university is dedicated to educational excellence, responsible stewardship of the public trust, and academic freedom. ECU values the contributions of a diverse community, supports shared governance, and guarantees equality of opportunity.
The university’s motto is
, meaning “to serve.” The university seeks to meet that obligation through the interrelated components of its mission: service through education, research and creative activity, and leadership and partnership.
The mission of East Carolina University is: To serve as a national model for
preparing our students to compete and succeed in the global economy and multicultural society,
distinguishing ourselves by the ability to train and prepare leaders,
creating a strong, sustainable future for Eastern North Carolina through education, research, innovation, investment, and outreach,
saving lives, curing diseases, and positively transforming health and health care, and
providing cultural enrichment and powerful inspiration as we work to sustain and improve quality of life.
Organization of the University of North Carolina
The University of North Carolina Board of Governors is the policy-making body legally charged with “the general determination, control, supervision, management, and governance of all affairs of the constituent institutions.” It elects the president, who administers The University.
Board of Governors
Hannah D. Gage, Chairman
Peter D. Hans, Vice Chairman
Dudley E. Flood, Secretary
Term Expiring in 2015
Brent D. Barringer, Cary, NC
W. Louis Bissette, Jr., Asheville, NC
Fred Eshelman, Wilmington, NC
John C. Fennebresque, Charlotte, NC
Ann B. Goodnight, Cary, NC
H. Frank Grainger, Cary, NC
Thomas J. Harrelson, Southport, NC
G. Leroy Lail, Hickory, NC
Mary Ann Maxwell, Goldsboro, NC
William Edwin McMahan, Charlotte, NC
Hari H. Nath, Cary, NC
David Murphy Powers, Winston-Salem, NC
Richard 'Dick' Taylor, Lumberton, NC
Raiford Trask III, Wilmington, NC
Phillip D. Walker, Hickory, NC
Term Expiring in 2013
John M. Blackburn, Linville, NC
Peaches Gunter Blank, Nashville, TN
Laura W. Buffaloe, Roanoke Rapids, NC
Bill Daughtridge, Jr., Rocky Mount, NC
Water C. Davenport, Raleigh, NC
James M. Deal, Jr., Boone, NC
Phillip R. Dixon, Greenville, NC
Paul Fulton, Winston-Salem, NC
Franklin E. McCain, Charlotte, NC
Charles H. Mercer, Jr., Raleigh, NC
Fred G. Mills, Raleigh, NC
Burley B. Mitchell, Jr., Raleigh, NC
Irvin (Al) Roseman, Wilmington, NC
David W. Young, Asheville, NC
Gov. James E. Holshouser, Jr., Southern Pines, NC
J. Bradley Wilson, Durham, NC
Atul C. Bhula, Raleigh, NC
Officers of Administration
The University of North Carolina Board of Governors elects a president, who administers The University of North Carolina.
Thomas W. Ross,
Jeffrey R. Davies, Chief of Staff
Bart Corgnati, Secretary of the University
Laura Luger, Vice President and General Counsel
Suzanne Trager Ortega,
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Joni Worthington, Vice President for Communications
Kimrey Rhinehardt, Vice President for Federal Relations
Charlie Perusse, Vice President for Finance
Anita Watkins, Vice President for Governmental Relations
John Leydon, Vice President for Information Resources and Chief Information Officer
Steven Leath, Vice President for Research
William Fleming, Interim Vice President of Human Resources
Organization of East Carolina University
Each institution has a board of trustees, which holds extensive powers over academic and other operations of its institution on delegation from the Board of Governors.
Board of Trustees
David S. Brody, Chair
Robert V. Lucas, Vice Chair
E. David Redwine, Secretary
Terms Expiring in 2011
William H. Bodenhamer, Jr., Fort Lauderdale, FL
Robert G. Brinkley, Charlotte, NC
David S. Brody, Kinston, NC
Robert J. Greczyn, Jr., Durham, NC
Carol M. Mabe, Greensboro, NC
E. David Redwine, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Terms Expiring in 2013
Joel K. Butler, Grimesland, NC
W. Kendall Chalk, Winston-Salem, NC
Steven W. Jones, Raleigh, NC
Robert V. Lucas, Selma, NC
Danny R. Scott, Swansea, IL
Mark E. Tipton, Raleigh, NC
Tremayne Smith, President, Student Government Association, Ex-officio
Officers of Administration
Each of the sixteen constituent institutions is headed by a chancellor, who is elected by the Board of Governors on the president’s nomination and is responsible to the president.
Office of the Chancellor
Steve Ballard, BA, PhD, Chancellor
Philip Rogers, BA, MPA,
Chief of Staff
John Durham, BA, MA, Executive Director of University Communications and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Stacie Tronto, BSA, MBA, CIA, CISA, CFE, Director, Internal Audit
Graduate School Officers of Administration
Deirdre M. Mageean, BSSc, MA, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies
Paul Gemperline, BS, PhD, Dean of the Graduate School
Thomas J. McConnell, BS, PhD, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Belinda P. Patterson, BS, MAEd, EdD, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School
Robin Armstrong, BSBA, MBA, Director of Graduate Admissions
Memberships and Accreditations
East Carolina University (ECU) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ECU.
All ECU teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
ECU is also a member of or accredited* by the following organizations:
Academic Common Market
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.*
Accreditation Council for Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association*
Accreditation Review Committee on Education for Physician Assistant, Inc.
Administration of Accounting Programs Group, American Accounting Association
American Academy of Religion
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance*
American Anthropological Association
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy*
American Association of Colleges of Nursing American
Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
American Association of School Librarians*
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
American Chemical Society*
American College Health Association
American College of Nurse-Midwives*
American College of Sports Medicine
American College Personnel Association
American Council for Construction Education*
American Council of Learned Societies
American Council of Nurse Midwives
American Council on Education
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages*
American Dietetic Association*
American Historical Association
American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
American Kinesiology Association
American Library Association
American Mathematical Society
American Music Therapy Association
American Philosophical Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Political Science Association
American Society of Allied Health Professions
American Society of Cytopathology
American Sociological Association
Arts Advocates of North Carolina
Association for the Care of Children's Health
Association for Childhood Education International*
Association for Continuing Higher Education
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
Association of Academic Health Centers
Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International*
Association of the Advancement of Health Education/ Society of Public Health Educators*
Association of American Colleges
Association of American Medical Colleges
Association of College and Research Libraries
Association of College and University Printers
Association of College Unions-International
Association of College and University Housing Officers- International
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
Association of Experiential Education
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Association of Higher Education and Disability
Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers
Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs
Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Association of Physician Assistant Program
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
Association of Southeastern Research Libraries
Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering*
Association of University Programs in Health Administration
Association of University Research Parks
Association on Higher Education and Disability
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International*
Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association
Coalition for Academic and Scientific Computation
College and University Personnel Association
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education*
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education*
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education
Cooperative Education Association, Inc.
Corporation for Research and Educational Networking
Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
Council for Exceptional Students*
Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
Council for Interior Design Accreditation *
Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences
Council of Graduate Schools in the United States
Council on Collegiate Education in Nursing
Council on Postsecondary Accreditation
Council on Rehabilitation Education*
Council on Social Work Education*
Council on Undergraduate Research
Educational Leadership Constituent Council*
Health Education Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs/Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training*
Homeland Security Defense Education Consortium
International Association for Management Education
International Association of Buddhist Studies
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
International Association of Counseling Services
International Association of Performing Arts Administrators
International Association of Tibetan Studies
International Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education
International Dance Education Association
International Parking Institute Congress
International Publishing Management Association
International Technology Education Association
International Ticketing Association
Joint Commission for Ambulatory and Health Organization*
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Liaison Committee on Medical Education*
Medical Library Association
Music Library Association
National Academic Consortium for Homeland Security
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences*
National Association for Business Teacher Education
National Association for Campus Activities
National Association for the Education of Young Children*
National Association of Campus Card Users
National Association of College Stores
National Association of College and University Business Officers
National Association of College and University Food Services
National Association of College Auxiliary Services
National Association of College Law Enforcement Officers
National Association of Colleges and Employers
National Association of Collegiate Concessionaires
National Association of Educational Procurement
National Association of Foreign Student Advisors
National Association of School Psychologist*
National Association of Schools of Art and Design*
National Association of Schools of Music*
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration*
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
National Collegiate Honors Council
National Commission for Cooperative Education
National Council for Accreditation of Environmental Health Curricula
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education*
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
National Council of University Research Administrators
National Council on Family Relations
National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council*
National Humanities Alliance
National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association
National Kitchen and Bath Association*
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission*
National Middle School Association*
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
National Recreation and Park Association/American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation/Council on Accreditation*
National Safety Council
National Women's Studies Association
North American Association of Summer Sessions
North Carolina Adult Education Association
North Carolina Alliance of Allied Health Professions
North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research
North Carolina Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators
North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities
North Carolina Association of Colleges of International Educators
North Carolina Association of Summer Sessions
North Carolina Board of Nursing*
North Carolina Department of Justice, Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission*
North Carolina Distance Learning Association
North Carolina State Board of Education*
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Planning Accreditation Board of American Planning Association
Society for College and University Planning
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
Society of Biblical Literature
Southeastern Universities Research Association
Southeastern Women's Studies Association
Southern Association of Colleges and Employers
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools*
Southern Association of College and University Business Officers
Southern Building Code Congress International
Southern Conference of Graduate Schools
Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)
Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities
The College Board
The Renaissance Group
University Consortium for International Programs
University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development
University of North Carolina Exchange Program
University Risk and Management Insurance Association
Academic integrity is expected of every East Carolina University graduate student. A student’s instructor or individual graduate advisory committee or an appropriate departmental graduate committee or advisor may initiate actions, in accordance with Faculty Manual procedures, against a graduate student that is believed to have been engaged in academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty includes: cheating, the giving or receiving of any unauthorized aid or assistance, or the giving or receiving of unfair advantage on any form of academic work; plagiarism, copying the language, structure, ideas, and/or thoughts of another and adopting those as one’s original work; falsification, statement of untruth, either verbal or written, regarding any circumstances relating to academic work; and attempting any act which if completed would constitute an academic integrity violation as defined above.
While academic dishonesty actions are taking place against a graduate student, the graduate student may not withdraw from the University, drop a course in which academic dishonesty is suspected, take a comprehensive or final examination for a degree, or submit a thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School.
Campus and Buildings
The main campus encompasses over 400 acres in an urban setting within the city of Greenville and is convenient to both the downtown area and shopping centers. The campus is a pleasing mixture of architectural styles. The five million square feet of academic, research, and residence facilities have modern appointments and are well equipped. The Health Sciences Campus, located on 70 acres, houses the Brody School of Medicine and is the hub of the university’s health sciences program. The west research campus has over 450 acres and is the home for several research and graduate programs.
In the past ten years, the university has received over $723 million for capital improvements. The university continues to focus resources on a comprehensive program to incorporate new technology into classroom and lab facilities. The university has completed the 2000 Bond Referendum Expansion and Renovation Program in excess of $190 million. Major renovations have been completed in the Old Cafeteria Building and Flanagan classrooms and labs. In 2008, the Carol G. Belk Building renovation was completed and reopened for classroom, laboratory, and office space use. In 2003, the university completed construction of the Science and Technology Building that comprises 270,000 gross square feet of classrooms and labs. Joyner Library houses over one million volumes. Student services continues to improve with renovations to Dining Services facilities, the Croatan and Wright Place, the addition of the North Recreation Fields Complex, and renovations to Scott Residence Hall. Student services have been enhanced by the addition of West End Dining in 2005, the Student Recreation Center, and Todd Dining Facility. The new 288 bed College Hill residence hall project completed in 2006 brought suite style residence accommodations. Major renovations have been completed in Jarvis Residence Hall, Jones Residence Hall, and Student Health Services. All residence halls will have sprinklers installed by 2012. The Health Sciences Campus continues to expand with the addition of the Dental School named the Ledyard E. Ross Hall and a new Family Medicine Center of 117,000 square feet. Recent growth on the Health Sciences campus has included the additions of the East Carolina Heart Institute in 2008, the Health Sciences Building in 2006, and the Warren Life Sciences Building. The Nursing, Allied Health, Health Sciences Library Building known as the Health Sciences Building at 305,000 square feet became the second largest building ever constructed on campus. The athletic complex continues to grow with the 7,000 seat expansion of the end zone in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium bringing capacity seating to 50,000. Other expansion projects underway include a softball stadium, track & field facility, soccer stadium, and Olympic Sports Teams building. Recent growth to the athletic complex included the addition of Clark LeClair Stadium in 2005, arguably rated as one of the top collegiate baseball facilities in the nation. With an estimated price tag of $11 million, Clark-LeClair Stadium nearly doubled Harrington Field's capacity of approximately 1,750 (excluding outfield areas). Just beyond the end zone of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, is the state-of-the-art strength and conditioning center, the Murphy Center, opened in 2002. Campus beautification continues to be a priority with goal of preserving and enhancing the charming character of the campus. Sustainable building designs, practices and policies insures our ability to meet the present needs of the university without compromising our ability to meet the needs of future, as we continue to expand our campus while minimizing the impact to the environment.
J. Y. Joyner Library
Joyner Library is the main campus library at East Carolina University. Joyner offers an abundance of print and online resources, including:
1.4 million print volumes
More than 400,000 electronic books
11,000 DVDs and videos
More than 28,000 CDs and other sound recordings
More than 60,000 online and print journals and other serials
More than 400 databases
2.5 million pieces of microform
More than 30,000 maps
Special Collections, manuscripts, and rare books
Joyner Library has more than 250 computers for use by students. Each is loaded with Microsoft Office Suite, Internet tools, and specialized course-related software. Many of the computers are equipped with scanners; free printing is also available.
Wireless access is available throughout the library. Students may use their own laptops or borrow library-owned laptops for use in the building. In addition to laptops, the library loans e-book readers, iPads, video cameras, digital cameras, and other equipment. Equipment is checked out from the Circulation Desk, near the library entrance.
Joyner Library has 35 group study rooms, many of which can be reserved for two-hour blocks. Most group study rooms are equipped with plasma screens. Individual study rooms are available on a first-come basis. Open study space is provided on all four floors of the library; numerous study carrels are available for individual quiet study. Snacks and drinks can be purchased from the library’s Java City location or from vending machines.
Joyner’s first floor features the Collaborative Learning Center, which opened in August 2010. A variety of seating styles - booths, lounge chairs, ottomans, and study tables and chairs – offer comfortable options for individual and group research and study. Large computer monitors facilitate group work. The Center includes a viewing/presentation practice room that can be reserved for two-hour blocks.
students registered at East Carolina University, regardless of location, have access to the library’s subscription-based electronic resources. Students can use these resources to find journal articles, read newspapers, and check out e-books without leaving their home or dorm room. Access is provided through the library’s Web site at
. Student status is verified by Pirate ID and password. In addition, the online Joyner Library catalog can be searched from any location.
The Reference Department offers personal assistance to members of the ECU community (both on-campus and distance learners) who need help with their research and course assignments. Assistance is provided at the reference desk, by telephone, text and instant messaging, and via the Ask a Librarian e-mail service. Members of the Reference staff help users identify relevant print and online sources, learn to use these sources, formulate search strategies, find statistical data, and much more. The Reference collection includes high-quality print and online reference materials and databases. The Reference Department is located at the back of the library and also offers more than 120 computer stations, including several stations equipped with scanners.
One of the most inviting areas of the library is the Verona Joyner Langford North Carolina Collection (Room 3300). The department collects, preserves, provides access to and actively promotes the use of printed and non-print materials pertaining to the state. Holdings include books, broadsides, clipping and vertical files, maps, microforms, periodicals and state documents, for which the library is a full depository. The collection emphasizes the history of eastern North Carolina. The department’s Snow L. and B.W.C. Roberts Collection includes more than 1,200 works of fiction set in North Carolina and dating from 1720. A number of these books and scores of historical works from the North Carolina Collection have been digitized for the Eastern North Carolina Digital Library.
The Special Collections Department located on the fourth floor is a major historical research facility. It contains a wide variety of rare and valuable manuscript, archival and published collections with strengths in the areas of maritime and North Carolina history. A closed stacks non-circulating facility, it ranks among the largest such collections in North Carolina. Among its major subdivisions are the East Carolina Manuscript Collection, University Archives, the Rare Book Collection, Map Collection, Hoover Collection on International Communism, and the James H. and Virginia Schlobin Literature of the Fantastic Collection. The collections are open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public. However, all researchers must register, provide current and valid photographic identification, and agree to abide by collection rules to obtain access to collections. For more information and for access to online finding aids researchers should visit the Special Collections Department website.
The Teaching Resources Center (TRC) is located on the second floor of Joyner Library. It serves as a resource for students enrolled in the teacher education program at East Carolina University and for educators in eastern North Carolina. The mission of the TRC is to facilitate teaching and learning initiatives by providing resources and services to educators at all levels. The TRC service desk provides reference and directional assistance supported by educational reference librarians. The following resources are available in the center: NC adopted K-12 textbooks, supplementary K-12 textbooks, textbook correlations, Kraus Curriculum Development Library, bibliographies, guides, mixed media, professional materials, online resources, K-12 reference materials, easy books, big books, juvenile/young adult fiction, nonfiction and biographies. A unique and special service located in the TRC is the Enhancing Teachers’ Classrooms room. Designed to assist in creating and producing quality lesson units, the room houses two laminators, two Ellison die cut centers with several hundred die cuts, an artwaxer, a light box, a binding machine, several paper cutters, a Badge-A-Minit button maker and cutter, office supplies and computer workstations with educational software installations and resources. Additionally, the Ronnie Barnes African American Resource Center is housed in the TRC.
The Music Library is located in the A.J. Fletcher Music Center and is Joyner Library’s only branch. As such, it offers the same services as Joyner: reference assistance, bibliographic instruction, interlibrary loan, and card-operated photocopiers and printers. Microform reading/printing services are provided free of charge. The collection consists of more than 80,000 books, music scores, periodicals, software, and sound and video recordings representative of all types and periods of music. A thirteen station technology lab with PCs and playback equipment for CDs, DVDs, DAT, LPs, videocassettes, mini-discs, CD-ROMs, laser discs, and audiocassettes is available for use by library patrons.
Joyner Library is open extensive hours each week, with 24-hour access during exam periods. Hours are posted on the main entrance of the building. Special hours are posted for holidays and semester breaks. The library maintains a recording of current operating hours that may be obtained by telephoning 252-328-4285. Hours are also posted on the Web site at
William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library
As a unit of East Carolina University’s Division of Health Sciences, Laupus Library provides access to quality health information to support education, research and clinical care in eastern North Carolina. The Laupus Library serves the Brody School of Medicine, Eastern AHEC (Area Health Education Centers), College of Allied Health Sciences, College of Nursing, School of Dentistry and University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina.
Located in the Health Sciences Building on East Carolina University's Health Sciences Campus, the library shares the 300,000 square foot state-of-the-art educational center with the College of Allied Health Sciences and the College of Nursing. The four-story 72,000 square foot library provides study space, 20 group study rooms, a computer lab with over 40 computers, multimedia production and consultation services, reference services, and circulating and historical collections. A book collection of over 49,619 volumes, 140 print journal titles, and 78,700 bound journal volumes, along with visual programs and anatomical models is available to the university community. Laupus Library users can access to over 14,000 electronic journals, most provide full text articles online. The library’s wireless environment enables users to search the library’s wide array of electronic resources and access full text information.
The Circulation Department (Access Services), located on the 2nd floor of the library, manages circulation of materials, operates a print and electronic reserve collection for course support, and maintains the library's audiovisual collection including videos, audio cassettes, anatomical models, slides, charts, microfilm, and more. To check out materials and to access the variety of services offered, bring your ECU OneCard or your distance education student card. The Circulation Department is staffed during all operating hours and is available to assist you.
The Information Services Department provides reference services for Laupus Library users. Librarians are available to guide clients to the most efficient and effective means of accessing the library’s resources. Laupus Library Liaisons are assigned to each department, college, and school within the Division of Health Sciences to provide information services, Laupus Library education programs, collection development assistance and curriculum coordination to faculty, staff and students. Services include tours and orientations for groups or individuals, instruction in use of the online catalog and bibliographic databases, and computerized literature searching. The department has handouts detailing the services available to every user category.
Using electronic resources, Laupus Library can provide access to current health sciences journal literature, up to date textbook information and educational software. Laupus Library has made a commitment to the use of technology to offer optimum information services and resources to ECU and UHS clinicians, faculty, researchers, students and staff. With a goal of delivering health-related information when, where and in the format needed by our clients, the library has assembled an extensive array of resources and services. These tools have been successfully used by faculty and students on ECU’s campus, at home and from remote settings around the world.
The Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Department at Laupus Library provide clients with access to needed materials from outside institutions and supplies other libraries with access to materials from the collections of Laupus Library. Document Delivery is a free copy service for ECU faculty, staff, students and PCMH Staff for materials (articles and books) owned by Laupus Health Sciences Library or Joyner Library. ILL Borrowing is a free service for ECU faculty, staff, students and PCMH Staff who order articles or books not available in our collections from other institutions. If you are not a ECU faculty, staff, students or PCMH Staff please see our Policies and Fees for more information on the fees for this service.
The Collection Management department organizes, manages and maintains Laupus Library materials in all formats to facilitate access by clients on-site and from remote locations. Collection Management is responsible for the quality and consistency of the online catalog which can be accessed at:
As a developing library collection with a museum component, the History Collections of Laupus Library collects, catalogs, preserves, and displays materials relevant to the history of health care. A special collections reading room, located on the fourth floor of Laupus Library, enhances client access to these resources. Collections include historical materials from medicine, nursing, the allied health sciences, dentistry, pharmacology, and public health. With materials of worldwide interest dating from the 16th into the 21st centuries, the collections include over 6,200 monographs, 200 artifacts, and a growing collection of oral history tapes, transcripts, and videos. There are both circulating and non-circulating sections of the History Collections. Although materials housed inside the History Collections Reading Room are non-circulating, clients may request photocopies of these materials. Document delivery charges apply.
A special focus of the History Collections is on primary care practices in eastern North Carolina. In keeping with this focus, the Laupus Library supports an Oral History Program through which interviews with long-time health care providers are recorded and archived. Historical materials relating to minority health care and minority health care professionals are of particular interest to the program. Laupus Library also operates the Country Doctor Museum located in Bailey, NC as part of our history program. The Country Doctor Museum is the oldest museum in the United States dedicated to the history of America's rural health care. For more information please visit:
Located on the second floor, Laupus Library’s computer lab contains state-of-the-art technology to provide a full range of computer services to ECU faculty, staff, and students including over 40 PC’s, 3 iMac’s, 3 flatbed scanners, 2 high volume black and white laser printers, and a color laser printer. Over 50 software titles are available in the computer lab ranging from word processing, spreadsheet, statistical, and presentation software to discipline-specific programs that complement the Division of Health Sciences curriculum. All computers are connected to the Internet and provide our clients with access to electronic library resources.
The Laupus Library Computer Lab is also responsible for loaning out digital camcorders, digital cameras, laptops, iPod touches, and TurningPoint as part of their Equipment Loan Program. The loan program is available to the ECU Division of Health Sciences faculty, staff, and students. Please visit our website for the equipment loan agreement and more information about how you can make your reservation today.
Adjacent to the computer lab, our computer classroom supports the library’s instructional services program and is available for use by the Division of Health Sciences faculty and staff. The classroom is equipped with 32 student computers, an instructor computer, a networked printer, and a dual projection system to assist with software demonstrations. The classroom is also connected to the university’s satellite broadcast network for viewing video teleconferences. Telecommunications equipment is available for large-scale distributed meetings, collaborative work sessions, seminars, lectures, tutorials and training between distant groups Library Multimedia & Technology Services (MTS) is located on the 1st floor of the Brody School of Medicine Building and the 2nd floor of Laupus Library. MTS is responsible for providing multimedia and biomedical communication services to all units of the Division of Health Sciences. Services provided currently focus on AV consultation and support, classroom support, photography, video services, multimedia design and production, videoconferencing, web development, television production and operation of ECU-TV Channel 99. Please visit the MTS Web site at
for more information about how you can use our services. For questions about MTS services, please contact: 252-744-2467.
Laupus Library is open every day with hours posted at the main entrance of the library and on our Web site. Special hours for holidays and semester breaks can also be found on our website. For more information including hours, announcements and detailed descriptions of all library services and collections please visit: www.ecu.edu/laupuslibrary.
Virtual Library at ECU
Both Joyner Library and the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library electronic resources are available through the VirtualLibrary@ECU. The combined resources of this digital library currently offer more than 600,000 e-books and more than 45,000 e-journals and databases.
Information Technology and Computing Services
Information Technology and Computing Services (ITCS) provides ECU students, faculty, staff and alumni with up-to-date information technology services and support. Visit the New Student Resources Welcome page for a comprehensive list of resources, policies and guidelines available to new ECU students. But check this page often—it is frequently updated as emerging technologies are adopted by ITCS and offered to the campus community.
The IT Help Desk offers technical assistance to ECU students regarding software, hardware, and network-related questions through e-mail, telephone or live online chat.
Students can check their ECU Outlook Live e-mail at mymail.ecu.edu. Outlook Live provides a large mailbox, plenty of file storage space, and even a built-in chat feature. More information is available at
ACE Student Computing Support Center provides walk-in support for PC and Mac systems, software, network and virus/malware problems. As a certified repair center, ACE also offers additional hardware support and repair (including loaner computers) for students purchasing computers through the ECU Student Stores’ computer program.
While students are not required to purchase a specific computer brand to attend ECU, several academic programs do require or recommend students have access to certain computer specifications in order to complete coursework. Some programs also have specific software requirements, such as AutoCAD or graphics programs. For a list of computer requirements by department, visit the ACE Computer Purchase page.
Students can also visit any one of over 80 computer labs on campus. To locate available labs, visit the Campus Labs Web page where a click on any computer icon opens details such as real-time seat availability, phone contacts and building location. Students can also make a reservation with the Virtual Computing Lab and access many required software programs from their home computer to complete class assignments.
While residence halls are networked through a hard-wired high-speed network, ITCS provides a wireless environment for both the main and health sciences campuses, and connecting is as easy as connecting through a browser.
ECU’s OneStop Web portal allows students to review financial aid information, register for courses, and look up grades online. You can also look up your ECU ID on the “Tools” page within OneStop.
Mobile technologies are making an appearance at ECU. A recently-released mobile version of ECU’s OneStop Web portal for iPhone and iPod Touch devices allows students to access many of the features of the Web-based version of OneStop. As the first UNC institution to implement a mobile version of its Web portal, OneStop Mobile promises many more innovations such as an Android-compatible release and more features.
To support ECU’s distance and online learning, ITCS supports Blackboard, Moodle and Centra learning management systems. And with over 300 technology-enhanced classrooms, faculty now opt to record many of their lectures for online posts. With the introduction of My Web self-service, students, faculty and staff are able to create their own academic Web space or personal blog.
It’s easy to learn new technologies through our many training opportunities. Sign up with Microsoft E-Learning and choose modules to learn Microsoft Office, Windows 7 and more, while the free SAS/SPSS training prepares users for statistical research. ITCS offers one-on-one training, face-to-face classes and online tutorials to help students make effective use of any technology.
To learn more about all on-campus technologies, see the Pirate IT Essentials, an annual online magazine sponsored by ITCS, which provides a comprehensive look at many of the technology resources and policies for ECU students. Additionally, the ECU Technology Digest e-mail newsletter provides valuable information on upcoming software updates, training opportunities and new technology projects affecting the university community.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is a consortium of ninety-eight doctoral-granting academic institutions and a contractor for the US Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members. ECU has been a member since 1992.
Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates as well as faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines, including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. A comprehensive listing of ORAU programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and Training Programs, which is available at http://www.orau.gov/orise/educ.htm or by calling the contact below.
ORAU’s Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU’s members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scholars Program, consortium research funding initiatives, faculty research, and support programs as well as services to chief research officers.
For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact:
John C. Sutherland, Chairman, Department of Physics
ORAU Councilor for East Carolina University
or visit the ORAU Home Page at http://www.orau.org.
The Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Relations
The Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Relations provides leadership to the university’s efforts to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. The office promotes equity in educational opportunity, programming and employment and promotes an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion for all members of the university community.
The scope of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Relations encompasses institutional equity, diversity, multicultural and community/regional relations functions and involves education, intervention, compliance, consulting, programming, outreach and assessment. Administrators in this office monitor institutional practices in support of the principles of diversity and equity so that these guiding principles are applied and assessed institutionally on administrative, academic, budgetary and strategic fronts. Programs and services of the office are available to faculty, staff, students and community partners and support a sustained diverse and inclusive learning, living and working environment.
ECU’s mission states that the university will serve as a national model for public service and regional transformation, by preparing our students to succeed in the global economy and multicultural society and by distinguishing ourselves by the ability to train and prepare leaders. As a component of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Relations, the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center’s mission is to conduct activities that parallel the university's mission of increasing cultural awareness and promoting cultural understanding. The Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, housed in the Equity, Diversity and Community Relations unit, views cultural competence as a set of skills that are imperative for effective leadership in today’s multicultural society and global economy. Through student-focused programs, experiences and opportunities offered by the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, its Director and staff will endeavor to produce culturally competent ECU graduates.
Patent and Copyright Policies
East Carolina University is dedicated to instruction, research, scholarship, engagement, innovation development and the extension of knowledge for the benefit of the public good in an environment that is open to collaboration and publication. Inventions, discoveries and other intellectual assets sometimes arise as a result of the conduct of these activities by university personnel, including students, utilizing university resources which may qualify for intellectual property protection in the form of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and service marks. The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina has determined that patenting, and commercialization of these intellectual assets is consistent with the mission of the university.
To learn more about various forms of intellectual property protection and technology transfer opportunities for graduate students, please contact the Office of Technology Transfer or visit
Research and Creative Activity
Research and creative activities are essential components of East Carolina University’s mission. Our research and creative activities have received national and international recognition. ECU offers students opportunities to participate in more than 400 externally sponsored research and service projects directed by our faculty. Graduate programs nurture a broad range of research and creative activities from the physical and biomedical sciences to the arts and humanities to community human services projects. Research and creative activities are supported through an extensive network of internal and external resources. Annually, the university secures more than 50 million dollars in research, service, and creative activity grants from private sources and public agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. In addition, ECU’s Faculty Senate and the Division of Research and Graduate Studies provide internal support. In recognition of the extent of our research and creative activities, the Carnegie Foundation classifies ECU as a doctoral/research institution.
To learn more about research/creative activity opportunities for graduate students, please contact the graduate program directors, or visit the Division of Research and Graduate Studies Web site:
Sponsored Journals and Publications
The Journal of Curriculum and Instruction
(JoCI), sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, is a peer-reviewed, electronic journal that provides a forum for the dissemination of articles focused on research, practice, and related issues relevant to teaching and learning in the Pre K-12 environment. The biannual journal is published electronically at www.joci.ecu.edu.
North Carolina Literary Review
is published annually by the Department of English and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. NCLR publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction prose by and interviews with North Carolina writers and articles and essays about North Carolina literature, history, and culture.
Tar River Poetry
, an international journal of poetry and reviews, is published twice a year (fall and spring) under the auspices of the Department of English.
University Writing Center
The University Writing Center provides support for all writing in the university, including writing for graduate studies. Graduate students are welcome to visit the UWC to work on coursework, theses, or dissertations. Because of the longer nature of graduate-level writing, however, the UWC recommends that graduate students consider visiting multiple times, working on smaller sections of their work each session. Please keep in mind that the UWC’s goal is writing instruction; this is not an editing service. Graduate students are welcome at all sites of the UWC—Joyner Library First Floor, Bate 2026, and Health Sciences 1504. Students may access additional resources, including the online writing lab for students enrolled in distance education courses, through the University Writing Program Web site,
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