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Undergraduate Catalog 2008-09

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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 23,000. 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.

Our Mission

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 “servire,” 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 educational mission is to provide students with a rich, distinctive undergraduate and graduate educational experience. The university is committed to developing each learner’s ability to discover, evaluate, and communicate knowledge; to make informed decisions; and to recognize a decision’s ethical dimensions. The university also is committed to imparting a sense of citizenship and personal responsibility, fostering lifelong learning, and nurturing an understanding of the interdependencies of people and their environments.

ECU’s research mission serves to advance knowledge, to encourage creative activity, to solve significant human problems, and to provide the foundation for professional practice through the support of basic and applied research. The university is committed to integrating research and creative activities in the educational experiences of students. It also is committed to enriching culture and being a leader in innovative research applications.

The service mission of East Carolina University, as an institution with a tradition of strong regional ties and public outreach, is to provide leadership and to engage in partnerships supporting public education, health care and human services, cultural activities, and regional development.

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, Jr, Chairman
Peter D. Hans, Vice Chairman
Estelle "Bunny" Sanders Secretary
Terms Expiring in 2009
Bradley T. Adcock, Durham
Peaches Gunter Blank, Nashville
Laura W. Buffaloe, Roanoke Rapids
Phillip R. Dixon, Greenville
Ray S. Farris, Charlotte
Dudley E. Flood, Raleigh
Hannah D. Gage, Wilmington
H. Frank Grainger, Cary
Charles H. Mercer, Jr., Raleigh
Fred G. Mills, Raleigh
Jim W. Phillips, Jr., Greensboro
Irvin A. Roseman, Wilmington
William G. Smith, Durham
J. Craig Souza, Raleigh
J. Bradley Wilson, Durham
David W. Young, Asheville
Terms Expiring in 2011
Brent D. Barringer, Cary
R. Steve Bowden, Greensboro
Clarice Cato-Goodyear, Charlotte
Frank A. Daniels, Jr., Raleigh
John W. Davis III, Winston-Salem
Ann B. Goodnight, Cary
Peter D. Hans, Raleigh
Charles A. Hayes, Raleigh
Adelaide Daniels Key, Asheville
G. Leroy Lail, Hickory
Ronald Leatherwood, Waynesville
Cheryl R. Locklear, Red Springs
Marshall B. Pitts, Jr., Fayetteville
Gladys Ashe Robinson, Greensboro
Estelle W. “Bunny” Sanders, Roper
Priscilla P. Taylor, Chapel Hill
Emeriti Members
James E. Holshouser, Jr., Southern Pines
Ex-Officio Member
T. Greg Doucette, President, UNC Association of Student Governments

Officers of Administration

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors elects a president, who administers The University of North Carolina.

Erskine B. Bowles, BA, MBA, President
Harold L. Martin, BS, MS, PhD, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Joni Worthington, BS, MA, Associate Vice President for Communications and Special Assistant to the President
Bart Corgnati, BS, MS, Secretary of the University
Steven Leath, BS, MA, PhD, Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs
Laura Luger, AB, JD, Vice President and General Counsel

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

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
Ex-Officio Member
Brad Congleton, 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, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
John Durham, BA, MA, Executive Director of University Communications and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Kimberly Baker-Flowers, BA, JD, Chief Diversity Officer
Stacie Tronto, BSA, MBA, CIA, CISA, CFE, Director, Internal Audit
Donna Gooden Payne, BA, JD, University Attorney

Office of the Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Marilyn A. Sheerer, BS, MS, PhD, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs
Austin W. Bunch, BAEd, MEd, PhD, Associate Provost and Interim Senior Executive Director of Enrollment Services
David Weismiller, ScM, MD, Associate Provost for Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research
Elmer Poe, BS, MS, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Outreach
Linner W. Griffin, BA, MSW, EdD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs
Joe S. Gaddis, BSBA, Associate Vice Chancellor for Financial Administration
James Gehlhar, BA, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs
Ruth Ann Cook, AA, Associate Vice Chancellor for Personnel Administration
Linda M. Ingalls, Associate Vice Chancellor for Personnel Administration
Sue J. Martin, BS, MPA, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life
Michael F. Bassman, BA, MAT, MA, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for University Honors Program
Lynn Roeder, BA, MAEd, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students
Susan E. Chapman, BSBE, MBA, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services for Student Affairs
Carolyn L. Miller, BS, MA, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Living
Rosina Chia, BS, MA, PhD, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global Academic Initiatives
Lathan E. Turner, BSBA, MAEd, EdD, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Intercultural Student Affairs
Taffye Clayton, BA, MA, Assistant to the Provost and University Equity Officer
Larry Boyer, BA, MA, MSLS, PhD, Dean of Academic Library and Learning Resources
Laura W. Sweet, BS, MS, Associate Dean of Students
Nancy J. Mize, BS, MA, Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness
James F. McAtee, BS, MBA, Interim Director, The Career Center
Fiona Baxter, BA, MA, PhD, Interim Executive Director for Communication and Advancement, Student Affairs
Christopher Stansbury, BS, Interim Director of Communications and Marketing for Academic Affairs
Dorothy H. Muller, BA, MA, PhD, Director, Center for Faculty Excellence
James H. Bearden, BS, MA, PhD, Director, BB&T Center for Leadership Development
Karen Warren, BS, MS, Director, Campus Wellness
Valerie Kisler-van Reede, PhD, Interim Director, Center for Counseling and Student Development
Liz Johnston, BA, MAEd, Director, Disability Support Services, ADA Coordinator
F. Clayton Sessoms, BSL, MAEd, Director, Division of Continuing Studies
Wayne Newnam, BFA, Director, Marketing
Larry Donley, BA, MAEd, Director, Student Employment Services
Jolene C. Jernigan, RN BC, FNP, Director, Student Health Service
Peter Romary, JD, Director, Student Legal Services
Margaret Olszewska, BS, Med, EdD, Director, Student Rights and Responsibilities
Diane Penrod, BS, MEd, MA, PhD, Director, University Writing Program

Administration and Finance

Kevin R. Seitz, BS, MBA, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance
A. Scott Buck, BSBA, Associate Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance-Business Services
William Bagnell, BS, Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Operations
William T. Wiseman, BS, MS, MBA, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Risk Management
William R. Koch, BS, MSE, Associate Vice Chancellor for Environmental Health, Safety, Parking and Transportation
Anne W. Jenkins, BA, MBA, Associate Vice Chancellor for Financial Services
John M. Toller, MS, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
Jack Brinn, BA, MA, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer
C. Steve Duncan, BA, MT, PhD, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Operations, Planning, Development and Military Programs

Health Sciences

Phyllis N. Horns, RN, DSN, FAAN, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences
Paul R. Cunningham, MD, FACS, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Dean, Brody School of Medicine
W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr., MD, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences
Gary R. Vanderpool, BA, MPH, Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Administration and Finance
Gregory L. Hassler, JD, Associate University Attorney
Dorothy A. Spencer, MSL, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Communication and Information Resources and Director, Laupus Health Sciences Library
Carole Novick, Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Development and Alumni Affairs and President, Medical and Health Sciences Foundation of ECU
John Lehman, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Research
Thomas G. Irons, MD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Regional Health Services
James R. Hupp, DMD, MD, JD, MBA, Dean, School of Dentistry
D. Gregory Chadwick, MS, DDS, Associate Dean for Planning and Extramural Affairs
Stephen W. Thomas, EdD, Dean, College of Allied Health Sciences
Sylvia T. Brown, RN, EdD, CNE, Acting Dean, College of Nursing
Lisa W. Sutton, BA, MA, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Personnel Administration
Stephen E. Willis, MD, Executive Director, Eastern AHEC
Jim Mitchell, PhD, Director, Center on Aging
Robert J. Tanenberg, MD, FACP, Director, Diabetes and Obesity Center
Charles F. Willson, MD, Director, Health Promotion and Policy Development
Christopher J. Mansfield, BA, MS, PhD, Director, Center for Health Services Research and Development
Maria C. Clay, PhD, Co-Director, Office of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Education and Director of the Office of Clinical Skills Assessment and Education
Annette Greer, PhD, Co-Director, Office of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Education
Jose Caro, MD, Director, Metabolic Institute
Marian L. Swinker, MD, MPH, Director, Office of Prospective Health

University Advancement

Michael B. Dowdy, BA, MBA, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
Paul J. Clifford, BA, Associate Vice Chancellor, Alumni Relations and President/CEO of the East Carolina Alumni Association
Rory C. Manaro, BA, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Major Gifts
Greg L. Abeyounis, BS, MA, Assistant Vice Chancellor, University Development
Donald Y. Leggett, BS, MA, Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor
William F. Clark, BS, MBA, President, ECU Foundation, Inc.
Carole L. Novick, BS, President, ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation, Inc. and Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Development and Alumni Affairs
Kay B. Murphy, BSBA, MAEd, EdD, Director, Advancement Services
Christy L. Deardorff, BA, Director, Annual Giving
Sharon K. Hamilton, BA, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
T. Greg Prince, BA, EdM, Director of Development, Health Sciences Division
Vicky H. Morris, BA, MAEd, Director, Donor Relations and Scholarships
R. Clint Bailey, BS, MBA, Director, University Marketing

Research and Graduate Studies

Deirdre M. Mageean, BSSc, MA, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies
Paul J. Gemperline, BS, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies and Interim Dean, Graduate School
J. Ted Morris, BA, MA, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development
Alan Schreier, BS, PhD, Director, New Program Development
John W. Chinn, BS, MBA, Director, Office of Research Compliance Administration
Kathleen Hall, BA, Interim Director, Office of Sponsored Programs and Director of the Office of Grants and Contracts
Ernie Marshburn, BS, MAEd, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Mary Farwell, BS, PhD, Director of Undergraduate Research
Thomas R. Allen, BS, PhD, Director, Center for Coastal Systems Informatics and Modeling
Doyle Cummings, BS, PharmD, Interim Co-Director, ECU Center for Health Disparities Research
Patrick J. Long, Director, BA, MAEd, EdD, Director, North Carolina Center for Sustainable Tourism
John Rummel, BA, PhD, Director, Institute for Interdisciplinary Coastal Science and Policy
Robin Tutor, OTR/L, MPH, Interim Director, North Carolina Agromedicine Institute
Nancy M. White, AB, MLA, PhD, Founding Director, UNC Coastal Studies Institute
Robert G. Carroll, PhD, Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
Norma Epley, Administrative Director, University and Medical Center Institutional Review Board


M. Terrence Holland, BA, Director of Athletics
Ralph N. Floyd, Jr., BS, MBA, Executive Associate Director of Athletics
Jimmy F. Bass, BA, MASA, Senior Associate Director of Athletics
Dennis A. Young, BSBA, Associate Director of Athletics
Rosie Thompson Smaw, BS, MAEd, Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator
Lee D. Workman, BS, MS, Associate Director of Athletics
Jerry E. McLamb, BS, Assistant Director of Athletics, Administrative Affairs
Gary P. Overton, BS, MA, PhD, Assistant Director of Athletics, Internal Affairs
Scott R. Wetherbee, BS, Assistant Director of Athletics, Marketing and Ticket Operations
Michael J. Hanley, BS, MS, Assistant Director of Athletics, Medical Services
Oneida R. Boyce, BA, MA, Assistant Director of Athletics, Student Development
Thomas R. McClellan, BA, MS, Assistant Director of Athletics, Media Relations
Barry C. Brickman, BA, MS, Director of Business
Mark T. Wharton, BS, MS, Executive Secretary, Pirate Club
Jeffrey C. Purtee, Director, Electronic Media (Voice of the Pirates)

Information Technology and Computing Services

Jack Brinn, BA, MA, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer
Donald D. Sweet, AA, BS, MEd, Associate CIO
Joe Norris, BS, MBA, Chief Technology Officer
Margaret Streeter-Umphrey, BSBA, MEd, CISA, Information Security Officer
Marlene Anderson, Director, Administrative Support Services
Patsy Mills, Director, IT Finance and Planning
Robert L. Hudson, BSBA, Director, Network Services

Memberships and Accreditations

East Carolina University is a member of or accredited* by the following as well as other organizations in the individual disciplines.
Academic Common Market
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.*
Accreditation Council on 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 on Education
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages*
American Council of Learned Societies
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 Speech-Language-Hearing Association*
Arts Advocates of North Carolina
Association for Childhood Education International*
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
Association for the Care of Children’s Health
Association of Academic Health Centers
Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries
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 Continuing Higher Education
Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs
Association of Experiential Education
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers
Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Association of Physician Assistant Program
Association of Southeastern Research Libraries
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 Mail Services Association
College and University Personnel Association
College and University System Exchange
Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education*
Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education*
Conference USA
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
Council for Interior Design Accreditation * (formerly FIDER)
Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences
Council of Graduate Schools in the United States
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Council on Collegiate Education in Nursing
Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
Council on Postsecondary Accreditation
Council on Rehabilitation Education*
Council on Social Work Education*
Council on Undergraduate Research
Educational Leadership Constituent Council*
Fulbright Association
Health Education Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs/Joint Review
Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training*
Homeland Security Defense Education Consortium
International Association of Buddhist Studies
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
International Association of Counseling Services
International Association of Management Education
International Association of Performing Arts Administrators
International Association of Tibetan Studies
International Council on 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 the Education of Young Children*
National Association of Campus Activities
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 Buyers
National Association of Foreign Student Advisors
National Association of Industrial Technology*
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 State Universities and Land Grant Colleges
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
National Association of Student Personnel 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 Parks Association/American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation/Council on Accreditation*
National Safety Council
National University Continuing Education Association
North American Association of Summer Sessions
North Carolina Alliance of Allied Health Professions
North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research
North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities
North Carolina Association of Colleges for Teacher Education North Carolina
Association of International Educators
North Carolina Board of Nursing*
North Carolina Department of Justice, Criminal Justice Educational Training Standards Commission*
North Carolina State Board of Education*
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Society for College and University Planning
Southeastern Association of Colleges and Employers
Southeastern Universities Research Association
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools*
Southern Association of College and University Business Officers
Southern Building Code Congress International
Southern Conference of Graduate Schools
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 Management Insurance Association
Other organizations in the individual disciplines. East Carolina University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone Number 404-679-4501) to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Approved for Teacher Certification by the North Carolina State Board of Education.


Academic Divisions, Colleges, and Schools

Division of Academic and Student Affairs
Academic Library Services
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
College of Business
College of Education
College of Fine Arts and Communication
College of Health and Human Performance
College of Human Ecology
College of Technology and Computer Science
Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research
Office of Academic Outreach
Office of Academic Programs
Office of Enrollment Services
Office of Equal Opportunity and Equity
Office of International Affairs
Office of Leadership Collaborative
Office of Student Affairs
University Honors Program
Division of Health Sciences
Health Sciences Library
College of Allied Health Sciences
College of Nursing
School of Dentistry
The Brody School of Medicine
East Carolina Heart Institute
Division of Research and Graduate Studies
Centers and Institutes, Division
Coastal Studies Institute, UNC
Graduate School
Grants and Contracts
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Institutional Research Board
Office of Engagement, Innovation, and Economic Development
Office of Undergraduate Research
Sponsored Programs

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is expected of every East Carolina University student. Academically violating the Honor Code consists of the following: 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. No student may drop the involved course or withdraw from school prior to resolving an academic integrity charge.

Procedures governing academic integrity violations are described in the East Carolina University Student Handbook and in the Faculty Manual. Students are encouraged to speak with their professors or contact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities if they have questions regarding this policy.

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 spent $356 million for capital improvements. Joyner Library houses over one million volumes; student services have been enhanced by the addition of Todd Dining Facility, West End Dining, and the Student Recreation Center. The health services complex has been expanded by the additions of the Warren Life Sciences Building, the Nursing, Allied Health, and Health Sciences Library Building, and the East Carolina Heart Institute; the athletic complex has grown with the expansion of Dowdy Ficklen Stadium to a capacity of 45,000 seats and the addition of a state of the art strength and conditioning center, the Murphy Center. Major renovations have been completed on Jarvis Residence Hall, Jones Residence Hall, Student Health Services, and the Wright Place. The new 288 bed College Hill residence hall project brought suite style residence accommodations. The university continues to focus resources on a comprehensive program to incorporate new technology into classroom and lab facilities. The university is completing a six-year capital expansion that will exceed $200 million. In 2003, the university completed construction of the Science and Technology Building that comprises 270,000 gross square feet of classrooms and labs. In 2006 the Nursing, Allied Health, Health Sciences Library Building at 305,000 square feet became the second largest building ever constructed on campus. In 2008 the Carol G. Belk Building renovation was completed and reopened for classroom, laboratory, and office space use. Campus beautification continues to be a priority with goal of preserving and enhancing the charming character of the campus.

A map of the university campuses with corresponding building key may be found inside the back cover of this publication. The building key for class schedules may be found following the index of this catalog.

Campus Libraries


J. Y. Joyner Library

The main campus library at East Carolina University is Joyner Library, a facility where students can study alone or in groups, check out books and DVDs, read journals and magazines, use computers, and get help using library materials and databases. The library contains 1.4 million books, more than 2.5 million pieces of microform, and thousands of periodicals. In addition, all 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 Circulation Desk is one of the first things patrons see when entering Joyner Library from the plaza. Services here include, but are not limited to, the checking in or out of library materials, receiving help from library staff with locating items, and the answering of questions about the academic research library system and its services. To check out materials and to access the variety of services offered, bring your ECU OneCard or your distance education student card. The Reserve Collection - consisting of materials placed on reserve by professors for their students to check out - is part of the Circulation area. Another very popular service we provide for ECU students, faculty, and staff is the Pull & Hold service. Accessed through the Interlibrary Loan Department’s Illiad system, this service provides patrons with the ability to request materials that are available on the shelf, have them pulled by our staff, and then held at the Circulation Desk for pick-up. Laptops may be checked out at the Circulation desk for use in the Library. The laptops are equipped with the same programs as the lab computers and include a wireless card for Wi-Fi Internet access. If you would like to use the large LCD and plasma screens located in several of the library’s group study rooms to display images from your laptop, Circulation offers remotes, adapters, and instructional guides for check out to ECU students. Video cameras and tripods are also available for checkout to ECU faculty, staff, students and area educators. There is a staff member on duty the entire time the library is open so feel free to stop by for assistance.

Joyner Library is a selective depository for U.S. government publications. It provides access to government documents in many formats, including print, CD-ROM, microform and web. The Government Documents collection also includes web guides, international documents and more than 100,000 maps.

Through a worldwide network of thousands of libraries, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) provides ECU students, faculty, and staff with research materials not available from Joyner Library – often within days for articles and one or two weeks for loaned items. Whether the items are owned by Joyner Library or borrowed from another library, undergraduate distance education students who live outside of Pitt County can use Document Delivery (DD) to have articles delivered by email and to have books and other library materials shipped to their home address. Visit the ILL/DD webpage to learn more and to place requests using the ILLiad system: ILL staff members are happy to demonstrate ILLiad and to explain the ILL process.

Reference Services 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 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 Services collection includes high-quality print and online reference materials and databases. Reference Services is located at the back of the library and also offers 120 computer stations, including 6 stations equipped with scanners.

One of the most inviting areas of the library is the Verona Joyner Langford North Carolina Collection. 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 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 five 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. The Special Collections Department Search Room is located on the 4th floor of Joyner library. For more information and for access to online finding aids researchers should visit the Special Collections Department website.

The Teaching Resources Center (TRC) 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 Teaching Resources Center 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 (ETC) 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

The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library is located on ECU’s West Campus in the Health Sciences Building. Laupus Library supports the education, research, and patient care responsibilities of the Health Sciences Division.

The four floors of the 72,000 square foot state-of-the-art library have been designed as space for study, research, communication, collaboration, and educational support. The library’s wireless environment enables users to search the library’s wide array of electronic resources and access full text information. A book collection of over 49,619 volumes and 719 print journal titles, and 92,363 bound journal volumes, along with visual programs and anatomical models is available to the university community. An Information Commons service concept encompasses reference floor computers for searching the literature and producing research papers, a computer lab with curriculum-based software, a computer classroom, two Collaborative Resource Centers for producing high end presentations and group projects, a Multimedia Development Center for editing lectures and access teleconferencing for students and faculty.

The Information Services Department offers reference services including one-on-one consultations to complement library skills classes and library orientations. Laupus Library has a History of Medicine collection of historical books and artifacts that focus on the history of health care in eastern North Carolina. Detailed descriptions of the library’s services and collections can be found at

Both Joyner Library and the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library resources are available through the VirtualLibrary@ECU.

Community Outreach Services


Child Development Laboratory

The Child Development Laboratory (CDL), located in the Department of Child Development and Family Relations in the Rivers Building, serves as a model teacher training and research facility for students and faculty. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and licensed by the State of North Carolina as a five-star child care center, the CDL maintains high standards in developmentally appropriate programming for preschool children. The CDL provides high-quality educational services (mornings only) to infants, toddlers, and young children and their families while serving as a training site for students in birth through kindergarten teacher education. Equipped with observation rooms and audio-visual recording equipment, the CDL also functions as a site for student and faculty research. Requests for information should be made to the director, ECU Child Development Laboratory, Department of Child Development and Family Relations, College of Human Ecology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353; telephone 252-328-6926.

Children's Development Services Agency

Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA) is located in the Malene Irons Building. It was formerly named the Developmental Evaluation Clinic (DEC), and was established in 1964 to provide interdisciplinary evaluations of developmentally disabled children. In July 2004, there was a statewide merger of DECs with the Early Intervention Program (Infant-Toddler Program) from the mental health system. CDSA is one of a statewide network of eighteen regional agencies that provide interdisciplinary early intervention services through the North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program. The CDSA is the local lead agency for the Infant-Toddler Program (ITP), a federally mandated program (Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Act [IDEA]) serving children (ages birth to three years) with or at risk for developmental disabilities and their families. Lead agency responsibilities include the oversight of the administration of the Infant-Toddler Program; ensuring that evaluation, case management; and intervention services are available within a multi-county catchment area and that children eligible for the program receive recommended services, either through a network of enrolled early intervention service providers, or directly from the CDSA.

The CDSA is the single portal of entry for birth to three referrals to the Infant-Toddler Program (ITP) and has primary responsibility for providing multi- and inter-disciplinary developmental evaluation, determination of eligibility for the program, service coordination for eligible children, and consultation and technical assistance to service providers, and other professionals providing recommended intervention services for eligible children and families.

Clinical areas of expertise include social work, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language pathology, nursing, and nutrition. Medical services are also provided by the Department of Pediatrics. The CDSA is involved in training individuals in each of these areas. The program is funded by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Requests for further information should be directed to: Children’s Developmental Services Agency, East Carolina University, Irons Building, Greenville, NC 27858-4353; telephone 252-737-1177.

Family Therapy Clinic

The Family Therapy Clinic provides a full range of therapeutic services to individuals, couples, families and larger systems while serving as a training site for students in the master’s degree program in marriage and family therapy and doctoral degree program in medical family therapy. The Code of Ethics of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy regarding confidentiality and the professional practice of marriage and family therapy is rigorously adhered to by all clinic therapists.

Located at 612 East Tenth Street, adjacent to campus, the Family Therapy Clinic is equipped to facilitate observation and supervision and is open twelve months a year. Charges for services at the Family Therapy Clinic are adjusted according to family income. No family is denied services because of an inability to pay. Referrals and requests for information should be made to the Family Therapy Clinic, Department of Child Development and Family Relations, College of Human Ecology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353; telephone 252-737-1415.

Office of Military Programs

The East Carolina University Office of Military Programs provides outreach services to the military installations of North Carolina by delivering courses and degree programs to the Armed Forces community. Memoranda of agreement with the various bases outline the topics, course offerings, and delivery methods of campus-wide programs to the military family.

The Office of Military Programs comprises the Department of Aerospace Studies (US Air Force ROTC) and the Department of Military Sciences (US Army ROTC). Aerospace studies offers a cognate minor and military science offers the professional military education (PME) requirements for the United States Army.

Office of Economic Development

The Office of Economic Development meets strategic regional needs through research, education, and outreach to foster economic growth and improve the quality of life for North Carolinians. OED engages current competencies of the universities to meet existing regional needs and drive investment decisions focused on emerging opportunities. Specifically, OED fosters the convergence of research and outreach to achieve immediate local impacts and pursue economic transformation across the region and beyond.

Revolving Education Around Partnerships (REAP)

REAP is a training component of the special education area, College of Education. The program currently serves Pitt County children aged three and four. REAP, established in 1969, provides field placement and internship services for various disciplines on the university campus and community colleges in the area. REAP is located in the Malene Irons Building on the south campus. All referrals and information inquiries should be made to the director, REAP, Malene Irons Building, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353; telephone 252-328-6186.

Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic

The purpose of the East Carolina University Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic is twofold. First, it is a clinical training facility for graduate students who are preparing to become speech-language pathologists or audiologists. To accomplish this, graduate students participate in outpatient diagnostic, treatment, and consultative services throughout the academic school year and during the summer session. During these activities, students are under the direct supervision of fully licensed and certified faculty in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Second, the clinic is a service facility for the university students and the surrounding communities in eastern North Carolina. Outpatient diagnostic, treatment, and consultant services are offered for all types of speech, language, and hearing disorders, including dialect and foreign accent reduction services. Speech, language, and hearing screening is also provided to all teacher education students prior to their matriculation to the upper-division level of study.

In addition to the above, the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Program is also a part of the ECU Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic. This program is funded by the NC Scottish Rite Foundation. Services provided include complete diagnostic services for children with language disorders, language learning disabilities, and reading disorders.

The East Carolina University Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic maintains a close liaison with the university’s Disability Support Services, providing in-depth diagnostic services for university students in the areas of language proficiency, ability to learn a foreign language, language learning disability, reading/writing learning disabilities, memory deficiency, and other learning deficiencies. The clinic is located in the Health Sciences Building, Suite 1310, College of Allied Health Sciences on West Fifth Street. Appointments can be made by calling the Clinic at 744-6104.

Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH)

TEACCH was established by the 1972 General Assembly as a statewide program within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Medical School. The Greenville TEACCH Center (GTC) is in close proximity to the East Carolina University (ECU). The GTC works closely with Child Psychiatry and Developmental Pediatrics at the Medical School, the ECU Children's Developmental Services Agency and other allied health departments. The GTC provides a specialized service in the diagnosis, treatment, education, and habilitation of persons with autism spectrum disorders. The center also provides consultation and training throughout a twenty-seven-county area of northeastern North Carolina. One of the goals of the program is to equip professionals and parents with strategies designed to enhance the skills and abilities of each individual with autism. The goal of TEACCH is to allow persons with autism to be accepted and to reach their maximum potential as members of the community. The program serves children, adolescents, adults, and their families.

Students in medicine, psychology, special education, child development and family relations, marriage and family therapy, social work, occupational therapy, and similar departments regularly participate in observation and training. Faculty and staff from the center provide lectures, internships, and practicum experiences as well as volunteer possibilities for students. Inquiries should be sent to John M. Dougherty, Ph.D., Director, Greenville TEACCH Center, South Hall Professional Center, 108-D West Fire Tower Road, Winterville, NC 28590; telephone 252-830-3300; FAX 252-830-3322.

Division of Continuing Studies

The Division of Continuing Studies serves as a bridge between the student at a distance and the academic and administrative units of the university. The division respects and understands the unique demands of the lifelong learner and is committed to assuring quality accessible programs and services. The division supports the university in maintaining its leadership role in the areas of distance and technology enhanced learning both in our region and beyond. The educational and economic development of the citizens of its service area is a focal point for the division. The division partners with the academic and administrative units of the university and the North Carolina Community College System to meet the needs of the education, healthcare, technology, business, industry and military communities. The division conducts its activities in partnership with all units of the university and encompasses Distance and Extension Education, Continuing Professional Education, Summer Study Abroad, Military Outreach, Summer School and the Testing Center.

The Division of Continuing Studies extends educational opportunities to the people of North Carolina through distance education. In order to fulfill the needs of a widely diversified group of students, undergraduate degree completion programs, and graduate degrees are offered online via the Internet. To meet other needs of the service area, college-level credit and noncredit courses, seminars, and workshops in special areas are also offered as an integral part of continuing studies.

A list of distance education programs and courses may also be accessed at

Academic regulations and policies, university calendars, and student services described in this catalog are applicable to all students, except where otherwise indicated. The online distance education Web site can be accessed at the Blackboard and academic, administrative, and library services.

From admission to graduation, a system of student support services is available to assist all distance education students. Students have access via email, phone or fax to faculty and staff in key university offices who can offer assistance, answer questions, and provide direction. Contact the student services staff of the Division of Continuing Studies for assistance by emailing or calling 1-800-398-9275. Division offices are located in the Self-Help Center, 301 Evans Street.

Division of University Advancement

The Division of University Advancement, consisting of alumni relations, university development, and university marketing, is responsible for advancing the mission of East Carolina through building positive relationships with external and internal constituents to lead to philanthropic support. The vice chancellor for university advancement leads the division in activities that build the status and prestige of the university and create an environment for philanthropy

Alumni Relations

The Alumni Association of East Carolina University was organized in June, 1912 by the classes of 1911 and 1912. The Alumni Association’s mission is to inform, involve and serve members of the ECU family throughout their lifelong relationship with the University.

Further information concerning programs, services, and memberships may be obtained online at or by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations, Taylor-Slaughter Alumni Center, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353, or by visiting the Alumni Center located at the corner of Fifth and Biltmore Streets.

University Development

University development is comprised of the following functions: major gift, fundraising, corporate and foundation relations, annual giving, advancement services, planned giving, and donor relations. These functions are organized to raise and steward private dollars in support of the university’s strategic priorities.

University Marketing

University marketing is responsible for developing, maintaining, and promoting a consistent university message and image, and supporting the university's strategic objectives through research, planning, and production.

Information Technology and Computing Services

Information Technology and Computing Services (ITCS) works diligently to provide ECU students, faculty, staff, and alumni with the best possible information technology services and support. Please visit the ITCS Web site at for the most up-to-date information regarding new technology services and resources available to the ECU community. There you will also find guidelines and policies that will impact your computing activity at ECU.

The IT Help Desk ( offers technical assistance to ECU students, including software support, answers to general technology-related questions, getting connected to the university network and more.

IT Help Desk:
Regular Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00am-5:00pm
After-Hours Student Support: Sun-Thurs, 24x7; Fri-Sat, 8:00am-8:00pm
Phone Support: 252-328-9866; Toll Free: 1-800-340-7081

Students can access their e-mail by logging into ECU’s Web-based Piratemail,, with their PirateID and passphrase. Piratemail uses the anti-spam tool, MailMarshal, to help keep your inbox free of unwanted junk mail. You will receive a daily MailMarshal Message Digest that provides a summary of all e-mail tagged as spam. The digest contains links that you can click to release messages. Through MailMarshal (, you also have the option of adding e-mail addresses to “safe” and “blocked” lists.

One of your first stops on the ECU Web site should be, where you can register your PirateID so that you can securely change your own passphrase when necessary. You will be asked to enter an alternative e-mail address (like a Hotmail or Yahoo! account) where you can receive notifications in case you are unable to access your Piratemail account, and select three security questions to which you provide answers you can remember. If you forget your ECU ID, your unique identification number at ECU, you can also look it up at

ECU’s OneStop web portal ( enables students to review financial aid information, register for courses, and look up grades. You can also look up your ECU ID on the “Tools” page within OneStop.

A number of ECU’s academic programs require or recommend that their students have access to a computer in order to complete coursework. Students are NOT REQUIRED to purchase a specific computer brand, although they may benefit greatly from purchasing one of the recommended models from the preferred vendors through the ECU Dowdy Student Stores. For more information, visit

The ACE program works with hardware and software companies to provide you discount pricing on computers, software and peripherals that can be purchased through the ECU Dowdy Student Stores. The ACE Student Computer Support Center – Rawl 108, Main Campus and Allied Health and Nursing Building, Room 3330, Health Sciences Campus – provides technical assistance to students with ACE and non-ACE laptops. For ECU students not enrolled in a requiring program, purchase of a computer is OPTIONAL; however, any student can take advantage of the special pricing and support. For more information, visit

Students can visit one of approximately one hundred computer labs located across campus to complete coursework, conduct research, or check e-mail. These computer labs are all networked and offer both Macintosh and Windows computers. Internet access is also provided through wireless connectivity on campus.

Every student with an active e-mail account can request a personal ECU Web site directory. Your directory name will be the same as your PirateID, so the Web address for your personal Web site will be

ITCS also provides networked storage space – referred to as Piratedrive – for every student with an active e-mail account. Students can store up to 1 gigabyte of digital files on their Piratedrive. You can access your Piratedrive by logging into the INTRA domain with your PirateID and passphrase and clicking on “My Computer”. You will notice another drive letter designated as “U:”. This U drive is your Piratedrive and will be available to you from any Windows computer logged into the INTRA domain (including in campus computer labs), and through OneStop.

The Pirate IT Essentials computing newspaper is a comprehensive publication that provides details on ITCS resources available to the university community. Additionally, the ECU Technology Digest blog provides valuable information on software updates, training opportunities, and current and future technology projects impacting the university. To minimize service disruptions, ITCS Notifications is e-mailed weekly to inform the campus community of Piratemail, Blackboard, and OneStop downtimes. To access archived ITCS publications, visit the ITCS Web site at


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 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
252-328-2023 or visit the ORAU Home Page at

Office of Equal Opportunity and Equity

East Carolina University is committed to enriching the lives of students, faculty and staff by providing a diverse academic community where the exchange of ideas, knowledge and perspectives is an active part of living and learning. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Equity (EOE) has been established to provide centralized leadership to East Carolina University's efforts to ensure compliance and equity in all programming, employment and educational opportunity.

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Equity administers the Equal Employment Opportunity, Discrimination, ADA, Title IX, Sexual Harassment, and Affirmative Action policies. Advertising for employee vacancies and search processes are administered through this office to ensure compliance with EPA and SPA policies and procedures. Other personnel actions are monitored by the office to prevent issues of inequity. Web-based and face-to-face equity and diversity training is available.

Taffye Benson Clayton is the Assistant to the Provost and University Equity Officer and oversees institutional educational and compliance matters regarding equity, access and opportunity.

Office of News and Communications Services


The ECU Office of News and Communications Services, also known as the News Bureau, tells the ECU story through the mass media and its own publications and broadcasts. The office, located in the historic Howard House on East Fifth Street, strives to increase the public’s knowledge, understanding, appreciation, and support of the university and its work by providing reports on ECU events, activities, research, teaching, service, policies, and people - students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

In addition to assisting media representatives in the preparation of stories about ECU, the office publishes a monthly electronic faculty-staff newsletter, Pieces of Eight, and produces magazines for several units at the university. The office also reports students’ achievements, including academic honors, and graduations, to their hometown newspapers.

Sponsored Journals and Publications

The Children’s Folklore Review, sponsored by the East Carolina University Department of English, is the official publication of the Children’s Folklore Section (CFS) of the American Folklore Society. The Review, published twice a year for CFS members throughout the United States and in over a dozen foreign countries, contains information and articles of interest to scholars working with children and their lore.

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

The North Carolina Literary Review is published annually by East Carolina University 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.

Student Stores

Dowdy Student Stores, owned and operated by East Carolina University for the convenience of the university community, stocks books, school supplies, computers, and other educational tools for students on campus, as well as those taking distance education classes. Dowdy Student Stores also carry an extensive line of imprinted ECU apparel, gifts, jewelry, and various accessories.

Additional services include a Textbook Reservation Program, which allows students the first opportunity to purchase used textbooks and saves time at the beginning of fall and spring semesters, and a Bookstore Account tied to the ECU 1 Card, which allows students to place funds in an account, including but not limited to deferred financial aid funds, for purchases in the bookstore. Dowdy Student Stores also operate a Book Buyback Program at the end of each term for students to sell textbooks. Dowdy Student Stores contributes profits to scholarship programs and is among the top donors to the General Scholarship Fund.

Online textbook ordering and other information are available through the Dowdy Student Stores Web site (www.studentstores. or by phone (252-328-6731 or toll-free 1-877-499-TEXT).

University Policies

See the University Policies web page at for information on East Carolina University’s substance abuse and racial and ethnic harassment policies as well as information on affirmative action, EEO, nondiscrimination, and sexual harassment prevention policies.