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New chairpersons fill needs on campus

Dr. Xiaoming Zeng has been named chairman of the Department of Health Services and Information Management in the College of Allied Health Sciences.
An associate professor, Zeng earned his medical degree from Peking Union Medical College in Beijing in 1997 and his doctoral degree in health information management from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004. During his doctoral study, he finished two-year fellowship training in biomedical informatics from the Center for Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been teaching health information technologies and informatics-related courses since joining ECU in 2004.



He has been instrumental in the planning and development of a master’s degree in health informatics and information management. He has a special interest in education and workforce development for health information technology professionals. He has formed partnerships with other departments, community colleges, health care providers and workforce development boards to support the preparation of health IT professionals in eastern North Carolina.
Zeng replaces Dr. Elizabeth Layman, who served as department chair for 14 years. She led the department in unprecedented growth from three to 13 faculty members, the largest undergraduate enrollment in the college, a second bachelor’s degree in health services management, a planned master’s degree in health informatics and information management, merger with the Department of Community Health and several post-baccalaureate certificate programs serving MBA, MPA and MPH students. She represented ECU on UNC Tomorrow and has served on numerous university and national professional committees. Layman looks forward to her expanded roles in teaching and research and to “return[ing] to my passions – building the discipline’s body of knowledge and shaping its future leaders.”  

And the College of Human Ecology has welcomed two new unit heads this summer. Dr. William “Bill” Bloss began as chair of the Department of Criminal Justice June 1, and Dr. Shelia Grant Bunch became director of the School of Social Work July 1.
Bloss held appointments as professor of criminal justice and director of the international criminal justice studies program at The Citadel. He earned his doctorate in criminal justice and a master’s degree in criminology from Sam Houston State University. Bloss has served as a regional police academy director, police training coordinator and law enforcement officer.

His research focuses on transnational crime, international terrorism, comparative crime and criminal justice, police practice, surveillance, and privacy rights in criminal justice. His books include “Under a Watchful Eye: Privacy Rights” and “Criminal Justice and Transnational Crime and Terrorism in a Global Context.”
“There has never been a greater need to prepare the next generation of criminal justice leaders,” Bloss said. “Our exceptional faculty is committed to providing the highest quality educational programming that enables students to realize their full potential and ready themselves to improve public safety and quality of life across society.”
Bunch has been an integral part of the ECU School of Social Work faculty for 24 years, serving on many community and university committees. She earned her doctorate in sociology from N.C. State University, a master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in social work from ECU.

She has served as interim director of ECU’s School of Social Work since 2008, and she is the former coordinator the baccalaureate social work degree. She has published in the areas of grandparenting and kinship, intimate partner violence, and rural social work. She has served as the principal investigator for the ECU Child Welfare Education Collaborative and has been the principal or co-principal investigator on multiple grants.

 “My goal for the School of Social Work is to help create a work environment where faculty and staff can enjoy their work as we prepare the next generation of social workers to meet the challenges of practice in an increasingly complicated society,” Bunch said.  “We are looking forward to improving our programs, increasing our community partnerships, and using our scholarly and creative activities to contribute to the profession.”

This story appeared originally in the Aug. 27, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at