May 19, 2024  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The University


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 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, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 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.

A History of Graduate Education at East Carolina University

In 1929, the East Carolina Teachers College Board of Trustees approved a faculty recommendation that an additional year of study be offered at the college leading to a master of arts degree. In 1933, the first master of arts degree in English was conferred. During the 1965-66 academic year, the Graduate School was officially formed with the appointment of the first dean, John O. Reynolds. A Graduate Council replaced a pre-existing Graduate Advisory Committee, and was charged with addressing graduate policy matters and with increasing academic standards. By 1969, master’s degrees were offered in a wide range of fields; for example, a sixth year of preparation was available for principals, supervisors, and superintendents. The creation of East Carolina University’s first doctoral programs occurred in 1979. Receiving approval from the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, East Carolina University (ECU) established five doctoral programs in basic medical sciences, following the enrollment of the first medical students in the new School of Medicine in 1977. A sixth PhD program in basic medical sciences was established shortly thereafter. In 1998 and 1999, ECU established two interdisciplinary doctoral programs, the PhD in coastal resources management and the PhD in interdisciplinary doctoral program in biological sciences. In 2015, ECU offered Professional Science Master’s (PSM) programs for the first time, in chemistry and network technology.

Today, ECU offers 72 master’s degree programs, 2 intermediate degree programs, 5 professional doctoral programs, and 13 research/scholarship doctoral programs. ECU added the doctor of nursing practice degree in 2013, and is classified among the Doctoral/Research Universities by the Carnegie Foundation.

Our Mission and Values

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. 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 mission of East Carolina University is reflected in the motto servire, meaning “to serve.”


To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, East Carolina University:

  • Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;
  • Prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;
  • Develops tomorrow’s leaders to serve and inspire positive change;
  • Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;
  • Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and
  • Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, athletics, and the arts.

We accomplish our mission through education, research, creative activities, and service while being good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.


  • Scholarship - We will be a diverse community where intellectual freedom, scholarly discipline, and the rigorous pursuit of knowledge thrive.
  • Leadership - Our students, faculty, and staff will demonstrate leadership in their professions and communities.
  • Service - We will work toward solutions to the challenges of our region, state, and nation.
  • Discovery - We will harness the skills and knowledge of our faculty, staff, and students to create a brighter tomorrow for North Carolina.

Chancellor Staton’s Vision

East Carolina is a nationally recognized public comprehensive research university, but we are well on our way to becoming a world class institution.
At ECU we prepare our students to live, work, and compete in the 21st century global knowledge-based economy, ready to provide next generation solutions. We measure our success by the accomplishments of our students and their impact upon the world.
At ECU students and professors pursue cutting-edge research and discovery that improves lives and solves problems.
ECU is the intellectual, economic, and cultural center of Eastern North Carolina and we assume fundamental responsibility for the health and well-being of the region we serve. But our vision is even broader.
ECU is where the next generation of doctors, dentists, nurses, teachers, business leaders, artists, performers, athletes, and educated and engaged citizens are preparing to change their communities, North Carolina, and the world.
At ECU we choose the path of innovation and excellence that will lead this institution to its destiny of greatness.
At ECU we take our motto - servire, “to serve” - seriously. We change lives, transform our region, and focus upon the future. Innovation and problem solving are at the heart of what we do.
Tomorrow starts here!

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

W. Louis Bissette, Jr., Chairman

    Term Expiring in 2019

    Darrell T. Allison, Morrisville, NC
    W. Louis Bissette, Jr., Asheville, NC
    Pearl Burris-Floyd, Dallas, NC
    C. Philip Byers, Forest City, NC
    Walter C. Davenport, Raleigh, NC
    Thomas “Thom”  C. Goolsby, Wilmington, NC
    H. Frank Grainger, Cary, NC
    James L. Holmes, Jr., Raleigh, NC
    Joe T. Knott III, Raleigh, NC
    Ann Maxwell, Goldsboro, NC
    J. Alex Mitchell, Durham, NC
    Anna S. Nelson, Charlotte, NC
    David M. Powers, Raleigh, NC
    O. Temple Sloan III, Raleigh, NC
    William Webb, Raleigh, NC
    Michael Williford, Fayetteville, NC

    Term Expiring in 2021

    Kellie Hunt Blue, Lumberton, NC
    Robert P. Bryan III, Charlotte, NC
    Carolyn Lloyd Coward, Arden, NC
    N. Leo Daughtry, Smithfield, NC
    Thomas H. Fetzer, Raleigh, NC
    W. Marty Kotis III, Summerfield, NC
    Steven B. Long, Raleigh, NC
    Wendy F. Murphy, Wallace, NC
    Randall “Randy” Ramsey, Beaufort,  NC
    Robert A. Rucho, Matthews, NC
    R. Doyle Parrish, Raleigh, NC
    Harry L. Smith, Jr., Washington, NC


    Tyler Hardin, Boone, NC

Officers of Administration

Margaret Spellings, President

    Senior Leadership Team

    Meredith B. Didier, Chief of Staff
    Junius J. Gonzales, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Vacant, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
    Kevin Howell, Senior Vice President for External Affairs
    Andrew P. Kelly, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Policy
    Jonathan Pruitt, Senior Vice President for Finance and Budget
    Tom Shanahan, Senior Vice President Governance, Legal, and Risk and General Counsel

    Other Senior Officers

    Camille Barkley, Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications
    Matthew Brody, Vice President of Human Resources
    Joanna Carey Cleveland, Vice President for Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel
    Dan Cohen-Vogel, Vice President for Data and Analytics
    Scott Daugherty, Interim Vice President for International, Community and Economic Engagement
    Karrie Dixon, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
    Josh Ellis, Associate Vice President for Media Relations
    Brent Herron, Assocate Vice President for Safety and Emergency Operations
    Cameron Howell, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
    Timothy Minor, Vice President for University Advancement
    Drew Moretz, Vice President for State Government Relations
    Andrea Poole, Senior Associate Vice President and Secretary of the University
    Kimrey Rhinehardt, Vice President for Federal Affairs
    Lynne Sanders, Vice President for Compliance and Audit
    Kim van Noort, Vice President for Academic Programs, Faculty and Research

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 UNC Board of Governors.

Board of Trustees

Steve Jones, Chair
Kieran Shanahan, Vice Chair
Bob Plybon, Secretary


    Edwin Clark, Greenville, NC
    Mark Copeland, Dallas, TX
    Vern Davenport, Wake Forest, NC
    Deborah Davis, Richmond, VA
    Leigh Fanning, Greenville, NC
    Steve Jones, Raleigh, NC
    Max Joyner, Jr., Greenville, NC
    Kel Normann, Sanford, NC
    Bob Plybon, Greensboro, NC
    Danny Scott, Swansea, IL
    Kieran Shanahan, Raleigh, NC
    Terry Yeargan, Willow Springs, NC

    Ex-Officio Member

    La’Quon Rogers, (SGA President), Ayden, NC

Officers of Administration

Each of the sixteen constituent institutions is headed by a chancellor, who is elected by the UNC Board of Governors on the president’s nomination and is responsible to the president.

Cecil P. Staton, Chancellor

     C. Steven Duncan, Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees
     James F. Hopf, Chief of Staff
     Donna Gooden Payne, University Counsel and Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs
     Stacie Tronto, Chief Audit Officer and Executive Director, Internal Audit and Management Advisory Services

Ronald L. Mitchelson, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

    Steve Ballard, Director, BB&T Center for Leadership
    John Fletcher, Associate Provost for Enrollment Services
    LaKesha A. Forbes, Associate Provost for Equity and Diversity
    Joseph S. Gaddis, Associate Vice Chancellor for Financial Administration
    Linda M. Ingalls, Associate Vice Chancellor for Personnel Administration
    Janice S. Lewis, Dean, Academic Library Services
    Christopher Locklear, EdD, Vice Provost of Academic Success
    Jon Rezek, Executive Director of Global Affairs
    Wendy Sergeant, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Personnel and Resource Administration
    Ying Zhou, Associate Provost for Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research

    College Deans

    Christopher Buddo, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication
    William M. Downs, Dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
    Stanley G. Eakins, Dean of the College of Business
    Glen Gilbert, Dean of the College of Health and Human Performance
    B. Grant Hayes, Dean of the College of Education
    Harry Ploehn, Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology
    David White, Dean of the Honors College

Virginia D. Hardy, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

     Susan Chapman, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Business Services
     Mary Beth Corbin, Executive Director of Student Transitions
     Kathleen E. Hill, Director of Student Affairs Assessment, Research and Retention
     Erik Kneubuehl, Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Involvement and Leadership
     William McCartney, Associate Vice Chancellor of Campus Living
     Lynn Roeder, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students
     Bernard D. Schulz, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
     Christopher Stansbury, Associate Vice Chancellor and Senior Operating Officer for Student Affairs

Administration and Finance

Frederick D. Niswander, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance

    William Bagnell, Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Operations
    A. Scott Buck, Associate Vice Chancellor for Business Services
    Austin Bunch, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
    Stephanie Coleman, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Operations and Interim Director of Compliance Management
    Dee Bowling, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Financial Services
    William R. Koch, Associate Vice Chancellor for Environmental Health and Campus Safety
    Donald D. Sweet, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer
    William T. Wiseman, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Risk Management and Military Programs

Jeff Compher, Director of Athletics

    Shelley Binegar, Associate Director of Athletics for External Operations/SWA
    Nita Boyce, Assistant Director of Athletics for Student Development
    Barry C. Brickman, Director of Athletic Business/Budgets
    Jeff Connors, Assistant Director of Athletics for Strength and Conditioning
    Nick Floyd, Jr., Executive Associate Director of Athletics
    Michael J. Hanley, Associate Director of Athletics for Student Services
    Greg Herring, Assistant Director of Athletics for Marketing and Fan Engagement
    Jamie Johnson, Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance
    Scott Lane, Assistant Director of Athletics for Ticket Operations
    Thomas R. McClellan, Assistant Director of Athletics for Media Relations
    J. J. McLamb, Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Operations
    Lee Workman, Associate Director of Athletics for Administration

Phyllis N. Horns, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences

    Paul D. Barry, Director, Office of Prospective Health
    Nicholas H. Benson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Care Regulatory Affairs
    Sylvia T. Brown, Dean, College of Nursing
    D. Gregory Chadwick, Dean, School of Dental Medicine
    Maria C. Clay, Director of the Office of Clinical Skills Assessment and Education
    Patricia Fazzone, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Leadership and Engagement
    Lisa W. Hudson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Human Resources
    Thomas G. Irons, Associate Vice Chancellor for Regional Health Services
    Elizabeth (Beth) Ketterman, Interim Director, Laupus Health Sciences Library
    Darrell Neufer, Director, East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute
    Mark Notestine, President, Medical and Health Sciences Foundation of ECU
    Robert F. Orlikoff, Dean, College of Allied Health Sciences
    Mark Stacy, Dean, Brody School of Medicine and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs
    Daniel W. Sweat, Senior Associate University Attorney for Health Sciences
    Gary R. Vanderpool, Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Administration and Finance
    Amanda Williams, Associate University Attorney for Health Sciences
    Paul Zigas, Senior Associate University Attorney for Health Sciences

Donald D. Sweet, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer

     Andy Anderson, Director, Network Services
     Wendy Creasey, Director, Academic Technologies
     Ray Drake, Director, Systems and Applications Support
     Skip Kirby, Director, Strategic Information Services
     Zach Loch, Director, Enterprise Information Systems
     Jack McCoy, Information Security Officer
     Hector Molina, Director, Central Project Office

Jay Golden, Vice Chancellor of Research, Economic Development and Engagement

    Steve R. Ayers, Interim Director, Office of Grants and Contracts
    Norma Epley, Office for Research Integrity and Compliance
    Mary Farwell, Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor; Director of Undergraduate Research
    Barbara H. Gray, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
    Susan McRae, Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
    Ted Morris, Associate Vice Chancellor of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development
    Sharon Paynter, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Office of Public Service and Community Relations
    Michael R. Van Scott, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor
    Kathryn Verbanac, Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor; Director of Postdoctoral Affairs
    Wanda Wynne, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administration

Christopher M. Dyba, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and President ECU Foundation, Inc.

    Greg Abeyounis, Associate Vice Chancellor, University Development, for Planned Giving and Annual Giving
    Heath Bowman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations and President of East Carolina Alumni Association
    Sharon K. Hamilton, Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
    Griffin Lamb, Associate Vice Chancellor for Major Gifts, University Development
    Kay B. Murphy, Senior Director of Advancement Services
    Mark Notestine, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development and President of the ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation

Graduate School Officers of Administration

Paul Gemperline, Dean

    Kathleen Cox, Associate Dean
    Thomas McConnell, Associate Dean
    Heid Puckett, Director of Admissions

Academic Divisions, Colleges, and Schools

    BB&T Center for Leadership Development
    Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
    College of Business
         The Miller School of Entrepreneurship
    College of Education
    College of Engineering and Technology
         Center for Sustainable Tourism
    College of Fine Arts and Communication
    College of Health and Human Performance
    Honors College
    Graduate School
    Institute for Coastal Science and Policy
    J.Y. Joyner Library
    Office of Continuing Studies
    Office of Enrollment Services
         Financial Aid
         Student Development (Athletics)
         Undergraduate Admissions
         University Registrar
         University Scholarships
    Office of Equity and Diversity
         Conflict Resolution and Mediation
         Diversity and Inclusion
         Equal Opportunity and Equity
    Office for Faculty Excellence
    Office of Global Affairs
        Office of Global Academic Initiatives
         Italy Intensives
    Office of Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research
         Academic Program Planning and Development
         Institutional Assessment
         Institutional Planning
         Institutional Research
    Office of International Affairs
    Office of Personnel Administration
    Office of Undergraduate Studies
         Academic Advising Center and Retention Services
         Project STEPP

    Brody School of Medicine
    College of Allied Health Sciences
    College of Nursing
    School of Dental Medicine
    Center for Health Disparities
    Center for Health Systems Research and Development
    East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute
    East Carolina Health Institute at ECU
    Eastern Area Health Education Center
    Health Sciences Administration and Finance
    Health Sciences Human Resources
    Laupus Library
    Medical and Health Sciences Foundation, Inc.
    NC Agromedicine Institute
    Office of Prospective Health

    Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
    Office of Grants and Contracts
    Office of Innovation and Economic Development
    Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
    Office for Research Integrity and Compliance
    Office of Sponsored Programs
    Office of Undergraduate Research

    Assessment, Research and Retention
    Campus Living
    Campus Recreation and Wellness
    Career Services
    Center for Counseling and Student Development
    Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement
    Central Reservations Office
    Dean of Students  
    Dining Services
    Disability Support Services
    First Year Programs
    Greek Life
    Intercultural Affairs
    Intergenerational Community Center
    Ledonia Wright Cultural Center
    LGBT Resource Office
    Off-Campus Student Services
    Office of Parent and Family Programs
    Student Activities and Organizations
    Student Affairs Administration
    Student Affairs Development
    Student Affairs Technology Services
    Student Government Association
    Student Health Services
    Student Involvement and Leadership
    Student Media
    Student Rights and Responsibilities
    Student Transitions
    Student Veteran Services
    Transfer Student Services
    Victim Services

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. Students are encouraged to speak with their professors or contact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities if they have questions regarding this policy.

Alumni Relations

The East Carolina Alumni Association was created to develop a spirit of cooperation and loyalty among alumni and to promote the general welfare of the institution. The scope of the association, organized by the classes of 1911 and 1912 in June 1912, has grown tremendously as the alumni population has multiplied with a growing ECU. In order to keep pace with a rapidly developing university, the Alumni Association was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1967. Since that time the alumni population has increased from 15,000 to more than 130,000.

Further information concerning programs, services, and memberships may be obtained online at or by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at (252) 328-6072. The Alumni Center is located at the corner of Fifth and Biltmore Streets.

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 4.8 million square feet of academic, research, and residence facilities have modern appointments and are well equipped. The Health Sciences Campus, located on 190 acres and occupying over 1.6 million square feet, houses the Brody School of Medicine and is the hub of the university’s health sciences program. The West Research Campus has over 580 acres and is the home for several research and graduate programs.

In the past ten years, the university has received over $226 million for capital improvements from the General Assembly. 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 and Tyler 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 488 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 and Monk Geriatric 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 303,000 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 the Minges building addition that will include both men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball practice facilities. Athletics projects that have recently completed include the 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.

Campus Libraries

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 700,000 electronic books including free online textbooks at
• 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
• Special Collections, manuscripts, and rare books

Joyner Library has more than 280 computers for use by students. Each is loaded with Microsoft Office Suite, Internet tools, and specialized course-related software. Free printing and scanning are 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 video cameras, digital cameras, projectors, scientific calculators, and other equipment. Equipment is checked out from the Circulation Desk, near the library entrance.

Joyner Library has more than 100 individual and group study rooms, many equipped with large monitors for laptop hookup. Open study space is provided on all floors of the library; numerous study carrels are available for individual quiet study. Snacks and drinks can be purchased from the library’s Starbucks location or from vending machines.

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 website at Student status is verified by Pirate ID and password. In addition, the online Joyner Library catalog can be searched from any location.

The Research and Instructional Services 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 research assistance desk, by telephone, text and instant messaging, and via the Ask a Librarian email service. “Book a Librarian” is a service that allows students to choose a time to meet one-on-one with a librarian about their topic for 30-60 minutes. Meetings can be scheduled as quickly as 24 hours in advance. Members of the Research and Instructional Services staff help users identify relevant print and online sources, learn to use these sources, formulate search strategies, find statistical data, and much more. The Research and Instructional Services Department is located on the first floor, at the back of the library. It houses the Reference collection, which includes high-quality print and online reference materials and databases.

Circulation Services include checking materials and equipment in and out, managing print and electronic reserves, and assisting patrons. Students must present an ECU OneCard or distance education student card to check out materials.

Through a worldwide network of thousands of libraries, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) provides ECU students with research materials not available from Joyner Library at no charge – often within days for articles and one or two weeks for loaned items. Articles are delivered via e-mail. Whether the items are owned by Joyner Library or borrowed from another library, distance education students who live outside Pitt County can use Document Delivery to have articles delivered by e-mail and have books and other materials shipped to their home address.

One of the most inviting areas of the library is the Special Collections Department on the third floor. The department includes the Verona Joyner Langford North Carolina Collection which 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. The collection emphasizes the history of eastern North Carolina.  Also in Special Collections is the East Carolina Manuscript Collection which contains historical manuscript materials related to North Carolina, the tobacco industry, worldwide missionary activities, and American military history, especially naval and maritime history. Letters, diaries, photographs, financial and legal records, genealogical notes, reports, speeches, oral histories and other unpublished materials covering the period from before 1800 to the present provide a wealth of primary source materials for a vast array of research topics Other collections in Special Collections include University Archives, the Rare Book Collection, Map Collection, Hoover Collection on International Communism, the James H. and Virginia Schlobin Literature of the Fantastic Collection, and the Stuart Wright Collection.

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 TRC service desk provides research assistance supported by educational reference librarians. With new booths, soft seating, and tables, the TRC makes a great study spot. Resources available in the TRC include NC adopted K-12 textbooks, supplementary K-12 textbooks, textbook correlations, bibliographies, guides, mixed media, professional materials, online resources, K-12 reference materials, easy books, big books, juvenile/young adult fiction, nonfiction and biographies. The Ann Rhem Schwarzmann Production Center, located in the TRC, is designed to assist student teachers and educators in creating and producing quality lesson units. It houses two laminators, two Ellison die cut centers with several hundred die cuts, a poster maker system, vinyl cutter, plaque marker, 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. The TRC also offers 3D modeling sofware and printing. 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. It offers the same services as Joyner: circulation, reserves, reference assistance, bibliographic instruction, interlibrary loan, a group study/listening/viewing room, quiret study area, scanner, photocopiers, and printers. The collection consists of more than 90,000 books, music scores, periodicals, software, and sound and video recordings representative of all types and periods of music. PCs, Macs, and playback equipment for CDs, DVDs, DAT, LPs, videocassettes, mini-discs, CD-ROMs, laser discs, and audiocassettes are available for use by library patrons.

Joyner Library is open extensive hours each week, with 24-hour access Sunday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. 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 website at

William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library

Laupus Library serves the Brody School of Medicine, College of Allied Health Sciences, the College of Nursing, School of Dental Medicine, Vidant Medical Center and Vidant System affiliates. As a unit of the Division of Health Sciences, the library also has a mission to connect Eastern Area Health Education Center (EAHEC) preceptors, health practitioners in eastern North Carolina, and ECU’s health education, research and clinical programs to quality information at the point of need.

The 72,000 square foot library located in the Health Sciences Building on ECU’s Health Sciences Campus includes reservable classrooms, small group study rooms, computer workstations, and collaborative work spaces with access to print and electronic collections. The Library supports wired and wireless networks and printing, a computer lab, reference services, and circulating and historical book collections. Visual programs and anatomical models are available to the university community.

Access Services, located on the 2nd floor of the library, manages circulation of materials, including audiovisuals, anatomical models, charts, and more. To check out materials and to access the variety of services offered, bring your ECU OneCard or your distance education student card. Access Services is staffed to provide assistance whenever the library is open.

The Information Services Department librarians provide reference assistance and are available to guide clients to the most efficient and effective means of accessing the library’s resources. Liaison librarians are assigned to departments, colleges, and schools in the Division of Health Sciences to provide information services, education programs, collection development assistance and curriculum coordination. Services include tours and orientations for groups or individuals, instruction in expert and evidence based searching, research consultations, and instruction on the use of literature databases and other online resources. Information Services librarians create and maintain online research guides and tutorials to help users better understand and locate the information they need.

The Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Department provides clients with access to needed materials from outside institutions and provides other libraries with access to materials from Laupus collections. Document Delivery is a free copy service for ECU faculty, staff, students and Vidant Health staff for materials (articles and books) owned by either Laupus or Joyner Library. ILL borrowing is a free service for ECU faculty, staff, students and Vidant Health staff who order articles or books from other institutions. If you are not an ECU faculty, staff, student or Vidant Health staff please see Policies and Fees for more information on the fees for this service.

Collection Services orders all library circulating, reference, and history materials and ensures the discovery, access, and security is maintained for those materials through metadata application, performing maintenance and analysis of statistical data, electronic resource management, and physical processing. The department is responsible for the quality and consistency of the library’s holdings in the online catalog which can be accessed at The department also processes all material gifts. Please see Donating Materials for more information on gifting materials to the library, such as books, journals, artifacts, manuscripts, or other items.

History Collections manages books, artifacts, and manuscript collections relevant to the history of the health sciences, primarily in eastern North Carolina. Management of these materials includes preserving, conserving, curating, exhibiting, and making the items available for research. Archival collections for both Laupus Library and the Country Doctor Museum are housed within the History Collections.

Finding aids for our archival collections can be found in the ECU Libraries Collection Guides by selecting Repository and then selecting Laupus Library as the repository.

Laupus Library also operates the Country Doctor Museum located in Bailey, NC as part of the history program. The Country Doctor Museum is the oldest museum in the United States dedicated to the history of America’s rural health care.

Located on the second floor, the Computer Lab contains state-of-the-art technology providing a full range of resources to ECU faculty, staff, and students including PC’s, iMac’s, high-speed document scanners, a flatbed scanner, a color book scanner, high-volume black and white laser printers, and a color laser printer. Over forty (40) 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.

The Computer Lab is also responsible for loaning out digital camcorders, digital cameras, digital voice recorders, laptops, iPads, and TurningPoint as part of the Equipment Loan Program. The loan program is available to the ECU faculty, staff, and students. Please visit our website for the equipment loan agreement and more information.

Two computer classrooms support the library’s instructional services program and are available for reservation by ECU faculty and staff. Room 2502G seats thirty-two (32) people at computers while room 3503 seats thirty (30). Both rooms include an instructor computer, a networked printer, and a projection system to assist with presentations, training and orientations.

Laupus Library hours are posted at the main entrance of the library and on our website. Special hours for holidays and semester breaks are on our website. For more information including hours, announcements and detailed descriptions of all library services and collections please visit:

Community Outreach Services

Children’s Developmental Services Agency

The Greenville Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA) is a part of the ECU Brody School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics and contractually serves as the local lead agency for the North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program. The CDSA is one of sixteen  regionally-based CDSAs providing a system of early intervention supports and services for infants and toddlers, birth to age three who have, or are at risk for developmental delays and their families. The ITP is a federally mandated program under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Act, and funded by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

As local lead agency and single portal of entry for birth to three referrals, the Greenville CDSA has primary responsibility for providing multidisciplinary evaluations, determination of eligibility for the program, service coordination for eligible children, and consultation and technical assistance to enrolled service providers providing recommended intervention services for eligible children and their families. The CDSA ensures that evaluation, case management and intervention supports and services are available within the seven county catchment area in the eastern region of North Carolina.

The CDSA can serve as a student placement for practicum and internship experience for a variety of academic disciplines including social work, psychology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, nutrition, and child development and family relations.

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 psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, and families 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. Therapists specialize in relational therapies that include such topics as: premarital therapy, parent-child conflict/parenting, couple relationships, behavioral health interventions, adjustment to health status changes, and other family adjustment dynamics. Approaches utilized include collaboration with a variety of other entities, including but not limited to school systems, social services, and other healthcare providers. All student-therapists are supervised by faculty members, credentialed as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and certified as clinical supervisors under the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Student-therapists adhere to strict professional standards and strive to respect the dignity of every client they serve.

Located at 612 East Tenth Street, adjacent to campus, the Family Therapy Clinic is open twelve months a year. Charges for services at the Family Therapy Clinic are adjusted according to family income (sliding fee scale). Referrals and requests for information should be made to the Family Therapy Clinic, Department of Human Development and Family Science, College of Health and Human Performance, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353; telephone 252-737-1415.

Nancy W. Darden Child Development Center

The Nancy W. Darden Child Development Center (NDCDC), located in the Department of Human Development and Family Science in the Rivers Building, serves as an early childhood model 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 NDCDC maintains high standards in developmentally appropriate programming for children 3 months to 5 years. The NDCDC provides high-quality educational services to support students in Birth through Kindergarten Teacher Education, Family and Community Services, Child Life, and Early Intervention.  Equipped with observation rooms and audio-visual recording equipment, the NDCDC also functions as a site for student and faculty research open to all departments. Requests for information should be made to the director.  Inquiries should be sent to Melissa Nolan, Nancy W. Darden Child Development Center (NDCDC), Department of Human Development and Family Science, College of Health and Human Performance, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353; telephone 252-328-6926; or email

Navigate Counseling Clinic

Navigating life’s challenges can be difficult. The Navigate Counseling Clinic can help. Our services are individualized to help you relieve stress, improve relationships, choose a career, feel better about yourself, improve your interpersonal skills, and/or address your use of alcohol or other drugs. We take a holistic approach to counseling individuals, families, and groups utilizing evidence-based and innovative interventions on an outpatient basis. Our clinicians are supervised by doctoral graduate students and faculty, whose credentials include licenses as professional counselors, clinical addiction specialists, counselor associates, recreational therapists, and certifications as clinical supervisors, rehabilitation counselors, vocational evaluation specialists, and biofeedback specialists.

Persons eligible for services include ECU students, faculty, and staff, and adult residents of Greenville and its vicinity. A nominal fee, based on a sliding scale, will be charged for services but no eligible persons will be turned away for inability to pay. We are located room 4410 of the Health Sciences Bldg on ECU’s west campus. If you have questions or would like to schedule an initial appointment, please contact us at 252-744-0328 or

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.

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, balance and hearing disorders, to individuals of all ages.

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, affecting reading comprehension and written expression.

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.

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 Students Getting Started Web page ( for a comprehensive list of resources, policies and guidelines available to new ECU students.

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 Office 365 e-mail at Office 365 provides an official ECU e-mail account with calendar and contacts; Skype for Business messaging and conferencing; up to five licenses for Microsoft Office 2016 (Mac or PC); Office apps for mobile devices (Android, iOS, Windows); and OneDrive for Business cloud storage that includes Office Online. More information is available at All enrolled ECU students are also eligible for upgrades for Microsoft Windows ( at no cost. Upon graduation, East Carolina students are provided a lifetime e-mail address that shows graduates’ affinity to their alma mater.

ECU’s Student Computing Initiative is a comprehensive campus-wide effort addressing the support of student computers in the academic environment. Several academic programs require or strongly recommend that their students own a laptop computer as a part of the degree curriculum. The degree programs vary on when the computer will be required within the life of the program. ECU strongly recommends that all incoming freshmen not enrolled in one of the participating academic programs have access to a computer that meets minimum specifications in order to complete coursework. For a list of computer requirements by department and minimum recommended configurations for various ECU majors visit the Pirate Techs website. (

Pirate Techs Student Computing Support Center ( provides support for students who need help with software or hardware support, network connectivity, mobile email setup, Microsoft software installation, virus and spyware removal, data transfer and recovery, and operating system installs and upgrades. Hardware repairs are offered to students with Apple, Dell, and Lenovo computers covered under warranty. ECU-Dowdy Student Stores sell computer equipment and software at an educational discount.

Many general purpose computer labs are available in key locations around campus, as well as many department-specific locations. 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 use the Virtual Computing Lab to access many software programs from their home computer (

All students receive a monetary credit for printing each year. Allocated from student technology fees, credits are attached to a student’s PirateID at the beginning of each semester. More information is at Printing is available in all computer labs.

Pirate Print allows students to print from personal computers on or off campus to printing kiosks located across campus (

Students have two options for file storage: OneDrive and Piratedrive. OneDrive is included in the Microsoft Office 365 suite and is approved for storing coursework, project files, shared documents, and collaboration. Piratedrive is an online storage folder created for each student, faculty, and staff. Each folder is password-protected, secure and backed up nightly. Students have 125GB of space to store course assignments, videos, photos, and more. On-campus users access their personal Piratedrive through “My Computer” if they are logged in to the Intra domain.  It is labeled as the “U” drive.  Personal Piratedrive folders are accessible off campus through Pirate Port or through a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection.

All residence halls have wireless networking. Before accessing the ECU network, students are encouraged to install university-approved antivirus software. Use of university software requires students agree to comply with applicable university IT (information technology) policies ( and copyright laws (;

ECU’s Pirate Port Web portal ( allows students to review financial aid information, register for courses, and look up grades online.

ECU Mobile keeps students, faculty, and staff connected to East Carolina University from on or off campus. Students can instantly contact other Pirates from the ECU directory, stay-in-the-loop with the latest campus news, keep tabs on ECU Pirate sports, watch videos from recent campus events, check grades, access course content and browse the university’s academic catalogs. Download ECU Mobile from the iTunes Store, and Android Market on Google Play. Students can also visit for mobile browsing.

ITCS provides a suite of educational technologies to support teaching and learning in both online and face-to-face courses. ITCS supports the Blackboard learning management system that enables students to access course content, check grades, post to discussion forums, view important class announcements, read and download assignments, upload content, and more. Updates, resources, and tutorials for Blackboard are located on the Blackboard blog: ITCS supports Saba Meeting Web conferencing, which provides a live, virtual classroom and access to recordings. Faculty and students can communicate via audio, video and text chat, as well as present course content and application sharing. Mediasite, a lecture-capture system, is available to meet campus needs and is intengrated with Blackboard to record on-screen activity, audio, and video. The Mediasite Desktop Recorder (MDR) can be used in or outside of the classroom and recordings are easily accessed within Blackboard or through a shared course catalog. With nearly 400 technology-enhanced classrooms on campus, many faculty record their lectures and share recordings through Blackboard to provide access to content anytime, anywhere. Many of the technology-enhanced classrooms are equipped with Mediasite lecture capture systems. Mediasite automatically optimizes content to suit the available screen size and provide the best experience on iOS, Android, and Windows Surface devices. Blackboard and Saba Meeting provide access to course content through mobile apps. 

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 and more, while free SAS training prepares users for statistical research. ECU students also have access to, an online library of instructional videos teaching the latest software tools and skills, via the Web, Blackboard, or the mobile app. More information is available at

By using university IT resources, students accept that they are accessing the university-owned network, and that unauthorized or illegal use of the university network is prohibited. Illegally downloading copyrighted music, movies and other protected material via file-sharing programs can cost students their network access. Visit for more information.

ITCS regularly shares security tips on topics such as avoiding identity theft, protecting portable devices and personal information, and staying safe online at

To learn more about all on-campus technologies visit the ITCS Web site, which provides a comprehensive look at many of the technology resources and policies for ECU students. Additionally, the ECU Technology Digest e-mail newsletter, ECU Learning Technologies Digest e-mail newsletter, Twitter posts (TechatECU), and Facebook posts ( provide valuable information on upcoming software updates, training opportunities and new technology projects affecting the university community.

Memberships and Accreditations

East Carolina University (ECU) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral 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 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

ECU is also a member of or accredited* by the following organizations:

    Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.*
    Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
    Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
    Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics*
    Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
    Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education*
    Accreditation Council on Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the 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 Cancer Research
    American Association for the Advancement of Science
    American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy*
    American Association of Anatomists
    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 Dance Festival Association
    American College Health Association
    American College of Sports Medicine
    American College Personnel Association
    American Council for Construction Education*
    American Council of Learned Societies
    American Council on Education
    American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
    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 Physiological Society
    American Political Science Association
    American Psychological Association*
    American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    American Society for Cell Biology
    American Society for Neuroscience
    American Society of Allied Health Professions
    American Society of Cytopathology
    American Sociological Association
    Arts Advocates of North Carolina
    Association for the Advancement of Health Education/Society of Public Health Educators*
    Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, Inc. *
    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 for Middle Level Education
    Association for Theatre in Higher Education
    Association of Academic Health Centers
    Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries
    Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering*
    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 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/Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training*
    Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs
    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education*
    Commission on Dental Accreditation*
    Committee on Accreditation of Recreational 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 Children*
    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 Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association*
    Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs*
    Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions*
    Council on Collegiate Education in Nursing
    Council on Education for Public Health*
    Council on Postsecondary Accreditation
    Council on Rehabilitation Education*
    Council on Social Work Education*
    Council on Undergraduate Research
    Educational Leadership Constituent Council*
    Educational Standards Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association*
    Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.
    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 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 Association for Dance Medicine and Science
    International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium
    International Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education
    International Dance Education Association
    International Literacy Association
    International Parking Institute Congress
    International Publishing Management Association
    International Society for Hyaluronan Sciences
    International Technology Education Association
    International Ticketing Association
    Joint Commission for Ambulatory and Health Organization*
    Liaison Committee on Medical Education*
    Medical Library Association
    Music Library Association
    National Academic Consortium for Homeland Security
    National Academy of Kinesiology
    National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences*
    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 Dance*
    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 Theatre*
    National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
    National Association of Teachers of Singing
    National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
    National Collegiate Honors Council
    National Commission for Cooperative Education
    National Consortium for Building Health Academic Communities
    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 Middle School Association*
    National Network of Libraries of Medicine
    National Recreation and Park Association
    National Retail Federation
    National Safety Council
    National Strength and Conditioning Association
    National Women’s Studies Association
    Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration*
    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 Distance Learning Association
    North Carolina Honors Association
    North Carolina Theatre Conference
    National Collegiate Honors Council
    North Carolina State Board of Education/North Carolina Department of Public Instruction*
    North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board
    Oak Ridge Associated Universities
    Orthopedic Research Society
    Planning Accreditation Board of American Planning Association*
    Sigma Xi
    Society for College and University Planning
    Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
    Society for the Study of Reproduction
    Society of Biblical Literature
    Southeastern Theatre Conference
    Southeastern Universities Research Association
    Southeastern Women’s Studies Association
    Southern Association of Colleges and Employers
    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges*
    Southern Association of College and University Business Officers
    Southern Building Code Congress International
    Southern Conference of Graduate Schools
    Southern Regional Honors Council
    Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)
    Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities
    The College Board
    The Joint Commission
    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

Office of Continuing Studies

The Office of Continuing Studies serves as a bridge between the student at a distance and the academic and administrative units of the university. The office respects and understands the unique demands of the lifelong learner and is committed to assuring quality accessible programs and services. The office supports the university in advancing its leadership role in the areas of distance and online 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 office. The office 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 Office of Continuing Studies includes the following program areas:

  • Campus Summer School
  • Continuing Professional Education
  • Distance Education Proctoring Center
  • Distance and Extension Education
  • Lifelong Learning Program
  • Military Outreach
  • The Testing Center

In order to fulfill the needs of a widely diversified group of students, our undergraduate degree completion programs, and graduate degrees are offered online via the Internet. The office also provides noncredit courses, seminars, and workshops to meet continuing professional education requirements. For adults 50 and older who want to continue learning in a relaxed atmosphere, a wide array of class topics is available through the Lifelong Learning Program.

Office for Equity and Diversity

The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) provides leadership to the university’s efforts to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.

OED promotes a diverse, respectful and inclusive environment for the university community through educational programming, training and seminars. The Office promotes equity in university-wide educational opportunities, programming and employment in order to sustain a diverse and inclusive learning, living and working environment.

The scope of OED encompasses institutional equity and diversity functions involving education, intervention, compliance, consulting, programming, outreach and assessment. Institutional practices, in support of the principles of diversity and equity, are monitored in this office. Our goal is that the guiding principles of equity and diversity are applied and assessed institutionally pertaining to administration, academics, budgets and strategy.

Sponsored Journals and Publications

The Engineering Design Graphics Journal is the official publication of the Engineering Design Graphics Division of ASEE. The EDGD publishes the Engineering Design Graphics Journal three times each year: fall, winter and spring. This is the opportunity for members of the EDGD and others to stay current with news of the Division and leading practices and trends in graphics education. For more information, contact Robert A. Chin or go to

Explorations in Renaissance Culture is a biannual, multidisciplinary scholarly journal devoted to all disciplines of study in the Early Modern/Renaissance period: literature, history, art and iconography, music, cultural studies, etc. Publishing articles in the English language, our authors hail from around the world. It is fully refereed by a board of established scholars; a double-blind review process is used. In existence since 1974,  the journal is edited by Thomas Herron of the Department of English, and is published jointly by the South-Central Renaissance Conference and East Carolina University. For more information, visit the EIRC website at

Global Partners in Education Journal is an international multidisciplinary refereed journal. It publishes refereed research and practice based articles that focus on advancing the knowledge base of global education. The journal features conceptual, empirical research, applied research, and best practice articles dedicated to promoting excellence in teaching and stimulating research and international collaboration in global education.  For more information, contact Jami Leibowitz, or go to .

Journal of Case Studies (formerly Annual Advances in Business Cases) was established by the Society for Case Research to provide a continual flow of effective up-to-date cases to promote excellence in case research, writing, and teaching. For more information, contact Leigh W. Cellucci or go to

Since 1992, the North Carolina Literary Review has been published annually in the summer by East Carolina University, with additional funding from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. NCLR publishes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by and interviews with North Carolina writers and articles and essays about North Carolina literature, history, and culture. NCLR Online, a supplemental open-access electronic issue published in the winter since 2012, includes book reviews, literary news, and other content related to the special feature section of the year’s print issue.  For more information, contact the editor, Margaret D. Bauer, or go to .

North Carolina Libraries publishes articles of interest to librarians in North Carolina and around the world.  It is the official publication of the North Carolina Library Association and as such publishes the Official Minutes of the Executive Board and conference proceedings. For more information, contact Diane Kester or Ralph Scott or go to

Sedimentology, the international leader in its field, publishes ground-breaking research from across the spectrum of sedimentology, sedimentary geology and sedimentary geochemistry. For more information, contact David Mallinson or go to

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. For more information, contact or go to

Technical Communication Quarterly (TCQ) is a refereed journal published four times per year with support from Taylor and Francis and the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW). TCQ publishes research focused on technical communication in academic, scientific, technical, business, governmental, and related organizational or social contexts. Articles published in TCQ combine theoretical and practical perspectives. For more information, contact Donna Kain or go to .

Student Academic Freedom

The University shall provide opportunity for its students to derive educational benefits through developing their intellectual capabilities, encouraging their increased wisdom and understanding, and enhancing their knowledge and experience applicable to the effective discharge of civic, professional, and social responsibilities. The University shall not abridge either the freedom of students engaged in the responsible pursuit of knowledge or their right to fair and impartial evaluation of their academic performance. All members of the University community shall share in the responsibility for maintaining an environment in which academic freedom flourishes and in which the rights and freedom of each member of the academic community are respected.

Student Stores

Dowdy Student Stores, owned and operated by East Carolina University for the convenience and support of the university community, stocks books, course materials, art and school supplies, computer hardware and software, and other educational tools for students on campus, as well as those taking distance education classes. Dowdy Student Stores also carries an extensive line of imprinted ECU apparel, gifts, and various accessories. The Dowdy Student Stores main store is located in the first floor of the Wright Building on main campus, and its satellite store, called the Health Sciences Bookstore, is located in the Brody Building and serves the Health Sciences Campus.

Additional services include a textbook rental program for numerous in-store and online textbook titles. Using Dowdy’s rental book program saves approximately 50% off the new textbook price. Another service provided by the Dowdy Student Stores is the Bookstore Account. The Bookstore Account is tied to the ECU 1 Card allowing students to place funds in an account, including but not limited to deferred financial aid funds, for purchases in the bookstore, including in-store textbook rentals. Dowdy Student Stores also operates a Book Buyback Program for students to sell back textbooks. The Tech Deck at Dowdy’s Wright Building location is an Apple Authorized Campus Store, and also stocks a wide variety of other brands of tablets, laptops and accessories. They can assist with explaining the various technology requirements for certain majors, and the academic discounts offered to all students.

Online ordering and other information are available through the Dowdy Student Stores website ( or by phone (252-328-6731 or toll-free 1-877-499-TEXT). Because it is the university-owned bookstore, Dowdy Student Stores contributes profits to scholarship and of the university programs and is among the top donors to the General Scholarship Fund.