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2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 
2012-2013 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 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, the University of North Carolina School of 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 ECU

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 (MA, 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 (CRM) and the PhD in interdisciplinary doctoral program in biological sciences (IDPBS).

Since the first master of arts degree was conferred in 1933, ECU graduate studies have expanded to meet the needs of the eastern region and of the state. Today, ECU offers 78 master’s degree programs and 62 graduate certificate programs. In addition, ECU currently offers 16 doctoral programs, 5 first professional degrees (AuD, DMD, DNP, DPT, MD), 2 intermediate degrees (CAS, EdS), and is classified among the Doctoral/Research Universities by the Carnegie Foundation.

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 and allied health disciplines. 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.

Recognizing that growing economic, social and environmental challenges face individuals, communities and nations, East Carolina University has committed to being the Leadership University by actively preparing graduates for these challenges. Building on our motto and tradition of service, East Carolina defines leadership as a relational process of inspiring, empowering and influencing positive change.

As the Leadership University, ECU commits to:

Fostering Inquiry, Research and Engagement through the work and expertise of faculty, education and training of professionals, exploration of student leadership development and scholarly engagement of discipline experts;

Developing Leadership Capacity through existing strengths and resources and newly developed collaborations; and

Connecting Values and Action by linking our values with strategic action focused on empowering university and community members to enhance their capacity to become leaders.

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

East Carolina University will serve as a national model for public service and regional transformation by:

  • preparing our students to compete and succeed in the global economy and multicultural society,
  • distinguishing ourselves by the ability to train and prepare leaders,
  • creating a strong, sustainable future for Eastern North Carolina through education, research, innovation, investment, and outreach,
  • saving lives, curing diseases, and positively transforming health and health care, and
  • providing cultural enrichment and powerful inspiration as we work to sustain and improve quality of life.

Organization of The University of North Carolina

The University of North Carolina Board of Governors is the policy-making body legally charged with “the general determination, control, supervision, management, and governance of all affairs of the constituent institutions.” It elects the president, who administers The University.

Board of Governors

Peter D. Hans, Chairman
H. Frank Grainger, Vice Chairman
Ann B. Goodnight, Secretary

Term Expiring in 2015

W. Louis Bissette, Jr., Asheville, NC
Fred Eshelman, Wilmington, NC
John C. Fennebresque, Charlotte, NC
Thomas J. Harrelson, Southport, NC
G. Leroy Lail, Hickory, NC
Mary Ann Maxwell, Goldsboro, NC
William Edwin McMahan, Charlotte, NC
Hari H. Nath, Cary, NC
David Murphy Powers, Winston-Salem, NC
Richard ‘Dick’ Taylor, Lumberton, NC
Raiford Trask III, Wilmington, NC
Phillip D. Walker, Hickory, NC

Term Expiring in 2013

John M. Blackburn, Linville, NC
Peaches Gunter Blank, Nashville, TN
Laura W. Buffaloe, Roanoke Rapids, NC
Bill Daughtridge, Jr., Rocky Mount, NC
Walter C. Davenport, Raleigh, NC
James M. Deal, Jr., Boone, NC
Phillip R. Dixon, Greenville, NC
Dudley E. Flood, Raleigh, NC
Paul Fulton, Winston-Salem, NC
Hannah D. Gage, Wilmington, NC
Franklin E. McCain, Charlotte, NC
Charles H. Mercer, Jr., Raleigh, NC
Fred G. Mills, Raleigh, NC
Burley B. Mitchell, Jr., Raleigh, NC
Irvin (Al) Roseman, Wilmington, NC
David W. Young, Asheville, NC

Emeriti Members

Gov. James E. Holshouser, Jr., Southern Pines, NC
J. Bradley Wilson, Durham, NC


Cameron Carswell, Chapel Hill, NC

Officers of Administration

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

Thomas W. Ross, President
Jeffrey R. Davies, Chief of Staff
Bart Corgnati, Secretary of the University
Lyons Gray, Senior Advisor to the President
Suzanne Trager Ortega, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Laura Fjeld, Vice President and General Counsel
Joni Worthington, Vice President for Communications
Kimrey Rhinehardt, Vice President for Federal Relations
Charlie Perusse, Vice President for Finance
Vacant, Vice President for Governmental Relations
John Leydon, Vice President for Information Resources and Chief Information Officer
Leslie Boney, Vice President for International Community, and Economic Engagement
Vacant, Vice President for Research
William Fleming, Vice President of Human Resources

Organization of East Carolina University

Each institution has a board of trustees, which holds extensive powers over academic and other operations of its institution on delegation from the Board of Governors.

Board of Trustees

Robert V. Lucas, Chair
Carol M. Mabe, Vice Chair
Joel K. Butler, Secretary

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, Wake Forest, NC

Terms Expiring in 2015

Robert G. Brinkley, Charlotte, NC
Edwin Clark, Greenville, NC
Deborah Davis, Henrico, VA
Carol M. Mabe, Oriental, NC
Bobby Owens, Jr., Manteo, NC
Kieran Shanahan, Raleigh, NC

Ex-Officio Member

Justin Davis, President, Student Government Association

Officers of Administration

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

Office of the Chancellor

Steve Ballard, BA, PhD, Chancellor
Philip Rogers, BA, MPA, Chief of Staff
C. Steve Duncan, BA, MT, PhD, Special Assistant to the Chancellor and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Stacie Tronto, BSA, MBA, CIA, CISA, CFE, Executive Director, Internal Audit
Donna Gooden Payne, BA, JD, University Attorney

Graduate School Officers of Administration

Ronald L. Mitchelson, PhD, Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies
Paul Gemperline, BS, PhD, Dean of the Graduate School
Thomas J. McConnell, BS, PhD, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Belinda P. Patterson, BS, MAEd, EdD, Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Robin Ashley, BSBA, MBA, Director of Graduate Admissions

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 National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

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

ABET, Inc.*
Academic Common Market
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.*
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education*
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 Marriage and Family Therapy*
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences*
American Association of School Librarians*
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
American Chemical Society
American College Health Association
American College of Nurse-Midwives*
American College of Sports Medicine
American College Personnel Association
American Council for Construction Education*
American Council of Learned Societies
American Council of Nurse Midwives
American Council on Education
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
American Dietetic Association*
American Historical Association
American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
American Kinesiology Association
American Library Association
American Mathematical Society
American Music Therapy Association
American Philosophical Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Political Science Association
American Psychological Association*
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 Care of Children’s Health
Association for Childhood Education International*
Association for Continuing Higher Education
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
Association of Academic Health Centers
Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries
Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering*
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International*
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
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 Students*
Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
Council for Interior Design Accreditation *
Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences
Council of Graduate Schools in the United States
Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language Association*
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs*
Council on Accreditation of 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*
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 Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education
International Dance Education Association
International Parking Institute Congress
International Publishing Management Association
International Technology Education Association
International Ticketing Association
Joint Commission for Ambulatory and Health Organization*
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Liaison Committee on Medical Education*
Medical Library Association
Music Library Association
National Academic Consortium for Homeland Security
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences*
National Association for Business Teacher Education
National Association for Campus Activities
National Association for the Education of Young Children*
National Association of Campus Card Users
National Association of College Stores
National Association of College and University Business Officers
National Association of College and University Food Services
National Association of College Auxiliary Services
National Association of College Law Enforcement Officers
National Association of Colleges and Employers
National Association of Collegiate Concessionaires
National Association of 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 Public Affairs and Administration*
National Association of Schools of Theatre
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
National Collegiate Honors Council
National Commission for Cooperative Education
National Council for Accreditation of Environmental Health Curricula
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education*
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics*
National Council of University Research Administrators
National Council on Family Relations
National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council*
National Humanities Alliance
National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association
National Kitchen and Bath Association*
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission*
National Middle School Association*
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
National Recreation and Park Association/American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation/Council on Accreditation*
National Safety Council
National Strength and Conditioning Association
National Women’s Studies Association
North American Association of Summer Sessions
North Carolina Adult Education Association
North Carolina Alliance of Allied Health Professions
North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research
North Carolina Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators
North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities
North Carolina Association of Colleges of International Educators
North Carolina Association of Summer Sessions
North Carolina Board of Nursing*
North Carolina Distance Learning Association
North Carolina State Board of Education/North Carolina Department of Public Instruction*
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Planning Accreditation Board of American Planning Association*
Society for College and University Planning
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
Society of Biblical Literature
Southeastern Universities Research Association
Southeastern Women’s Studies Association
Southern Association of Colleges and Employers
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges*
Southern Association of College and University Business Officers
Southern Building Code Congress International
Southern Conference of Graduate Schools
Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)
Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities
The College Board
The Renaissance Group
University Consortium for International Programs
University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development
University of North Carolina Exchange Program
University Risk and Management Insurance Association

Academic Divisions, Colleges, and Schools

Division of Academic Affairs

Academic Library Services and Learning Resources
BB&T Center for Leadership Development
The Honors College
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
Office of Academic Program Planning and Development
Office of Emerging Academic Initiatives and Continuing Studies
Office of Enrollment Services
Office of Equity and Diversity
Office of Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research
Office of International Affairs
Office of Personnel and Resource Administration
Office of Undergraduate Studies

Division of Health Sciences

William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library
College of Allied Health Sciences
College of Nursing
School of Dental Medicine
The Brody School of Medicine
East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU

Division of Research and Graduate Studies

Graduate School
Office of Engagement, Innovation, and Economic Development
Office of Grants and Contracts
Office for Human Research Integrity
Office of Research Compliance and Administration
Office of Sponsored Programs
Office of Undergraduate Research
Center for Health Disparities Research
Center for Sustainable Tourism
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Institute for Coastal Science and Policy
NC Agromedicine Institute
UNC Coastal Studies Institute

Division of Student Affairs

Assessment, Research and Retention
Campus Living
Campus Recreation and Wellness
Office of the Dean of Students
Student Affairs Administration
Student Involvement and Leadership
Student Transitions

Division of University Advancement

The Division of University Advancement supports, encourages, and promotes East Carolina University’s academic mission and vision by interacting with alumni, friends and the greater community. Our goal is to engage and connect these constituents with the university to garner support and secure resources that will enhance East Carolina’s unique place in higher education.

University Advancement works to ensure that the university’s philanthropic goals are met, transforming the lives of East Carolina’s students, the citizens of eastern North Carolina, the state and beyond. For more information about the Second Century Campaign, please visit www.ecu.edu/devt.

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 www.PirateAlumni.com 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.

University Development

University Development helps raise friends and resources for East Carolina University through major gift officers, corporate and foundation relations, annual giving, planned giving, and donor relations. Together, University Development engages with alumni, donors and friends of ECU in support of the university’s strategic priorities.

Information Technology and Computing Services

Information Technology and Computing Services (ITCS) provides ECU students, faculty, staff and alumni with up-to-date information technology services and support. Visit the New Student Resources Welcome page for a comprehensive list of resources, (www.ecu.edu/cs-itcs/welcome/newstudentresources.cfm), policies and guidelines available to new ECU students. The Welcome Web page is frequently updated as emerging technologies and new services are adopted by ITCS and offered to the campus community.

The IT Help Desk offers technical assistance to ECU students regarding software, hardware, and network-related questions through e-mail, telephone or live online chat. Students can also search ask.ecu.edu to troubleshoot software and hardware issues, find helpful technology-related instructions and review frequently asked questions.

Students can check their ECU Outlook Live e-mail at mymail.ecu.edu. Outlook Live provides a large mailbox, plenty of file storage space, and even a built-in chat feature. More information is available at www.ecu.edu/studentemail. The East Carolina Alumni Association, in partnership with the Student Government Association and ITCS provides East Carolina graduates with a lifetime e-mail address that shows graduates’ affinity to their alma mater (https://pirateid.ecu.edu/alumni).

ACE Student Computing Support Center provides walk-in support for PC and Mac systems, software, network and virus/malware problems. As a certified repair center, ACE also offers additional hardware support and repair (including loaner computers) for students purchasing computers through the ECU Student Stores’ computer program.

While students are not required to purchase a specific computer brand to attend ECU, several academic programs do require or recommend students have access to certain computer specifications in order to complete coursework. Some programs also have specific software requirements, such as AutoCAD or graphics programs. For a list of computer requirements by department, visit the ACE Computer Purchase page (www.ecu.edu/ace).

Students can also visit any one of over 80 computer labs on campus (www.ecu.edu/cs-itcs/studentcomputerlabs/). To locate available labs, visit the Campus Labs Web page where a click on any computer icon opens details such as real-time seat availability, phone contacts and building location. Students can also make a reservation with the Virtual Computing Lab and access many required software programs from their home computer to complete class assignments (www.ecu.edu/vcl).

All enrolled ECU students are eligible for free Microsoft products (www.ecu.edu/microsoft4students). Through a special license agreement, students can get one of each of the following: Microsoft Office Professional Academic; Microsoft Office for Mac Academic; Microsoft Office Language Pack; and Microsoft Windows Professional Upgrade. A perpetual license allows students to keep the software even after graduation.

While residence halls are networked through a hard-wired high-speed network, ITCS provides a wireless environment for both the main and health sciences campuses, and connecting is as easy as connecting through a browser. . Before accessing the ECU network, students are required to install university-approved antivirus software — provided at no cost to all enrolled students, faculty, and staff — and agree to comply with applicable university IT (information technology) policies (www.ecu.edu/cs-itcs/policies) and copyright laws (www.copyright.gov; http://libguides.ecu.edu/copyright; http://www.ecu.edu/filesharing).

ECU’s OneStop Web portal (onestop.ecu.edu) allows students to review financial aid information, register for courses, and look up grades online. You can also look up your ECU ID on the “Tools” page within OneStop.

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, Android Market on Google Play, and Blackberry World. Students can also visit m.ecu.edu for mobile browsing.

To support ECU’s distance and online learning, ITCS supports Blackboard, Moodle and Centra learning management systems. On-the-go students can access course content, check grades, post to discussion forums, view important class announcements, read and download assignments, upload content, and more through Blackboard Learn. And with over 300 technology-enhanced classrooms, faculty now opt to record many of their lectures for online posts. With My Web self-service, students, faculty and staff are able to create their own academic Web space or personal blog.

It’s easy to learn new technologies through our many training opportunities. Sign up with Microsoft E-Learning and choose modules to learn Microsoft Office, Windows 7 and more, while the free SAS/SPSS training prepares users for statistical research. ITCS offers one-on-one training, face-to-face classes and online tutorials to help students make effective use of any technology.

To learn more about all on-campus technologies 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 provides valuable information on upcoming software updates, training opportunities and new technology projects affecting the university community.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is a consortium of ninety-eight doctoral-granting academic institutions and a contractor for the US Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members. ECU has been a member since 1992.

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates as well as faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines, including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. A comprehensive listing of ORAU programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and Training Programs, which is available at http://www.orau.gov/orise/educ.htm or by calling the contact below.

ORAU’s Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU’s members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scholars Program, consortium research funding initiatives, faculty research, and support programs as well as services to chief research officers.

For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact:

John C. Sutherland, Chairman, Department of Physics
ORAU Councilor for East Carolina University
252-328-6739 or visit the ORAU Home Page at http://www.orau.org.

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 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 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 and Extension Education
  • Lifelong Learning Program
  • Military Outreach
  • Summer Study Abroad
  • The Testing Center

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. 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.

The 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. The office promotes equity in educational opportunity, programming and employment and promotes an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion for all members of the university community.

The scope of the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) encompasses institutional equity and diversity functions and involves education, intervention, compliance, consulting, programming, outreach and assessment. Administrators in this office monitor institutional practices in support of the principles of diversity and equity so that these guiding principles are applied and assessed institutionally on administrative, academic, budgetary and strategic fronts. Programs and services of the office are available to faculty, staff, and students and support a sustained diverse and inclusive learning, living and working environment.

Office of News and Communications Services

The ECU Office of News and Communications Services, also known as the News Service, tells the story of the university using the Web, social media, print, video and still photography. It acts as a reporting service for the university community as well as handling media relations. The office is in the historic Howard House on East Fifth Street.

The News Service each day publishes on its home page, www.ecu.edu/news/, timely news stories and the latest information on campus events, activities and issues.

The News Service assists reporters preparing stories about ECU. It assists units across the university with getting news and information to the media and on the Web. It prepares and distributes to the media news releases about activities, honors and developments on campus. It provides information about student honors and graduations to newspapers nationwide.

Patent and Copyright Policies

East Carolina University is dedicated to instruction, research, scholarship, engagement, innovation development and the extension of knowledge for the benefit of the public good in an environment that is open to collaboration and publication. Inventions, discoveries and other intellectual assets sometimes arise as a result of the conduct of these activities by university personnel, including students, utilizing university resources which may qualify for intellectual property protection in the form of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and service marks. The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina has determined that patenting, and commercialization of these intellectual assets is consistent with the mission of the university.

To learn more about various forms of intellectual property protection and technology transfer opportunities for graduate students, please contact the Office of Technology Transfer or visit www.ecu.edu/ott/.

Research and Creative Activity

Research and creative activities are essential components of East Carolina University’s mission. Our research and creative activities have received national and international recognition. ECU offers students opportunities to participate in more than 400 externally sponsored research and service projects directed by our faculty. Graduate programs nurture a broad range of research and creative activities from the physical and biomedical sciences to the arts and humanities to community human services projects. Research and creative activities are supported through an extensive network of internal and external resources. Annually, the university secures more than 50 million dollars in research, service, and creative activity grants from private sources and public agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. In recognition of the extent of our research and creative activities, the Carnegie Foundation classifies ECU as a doctoral/research institution.

To learn more about research/creative activity opportunities for graduate students, please contact the graduate program directors, or visit the Division of Research and Graduate Studies Web site: www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/rgs/index.cfm.

Sponsored Journals and Publications

The Journal of Curriculum and Instruction (JoCI), in the College of Education, is a peer-reviewed, electronic journal that provides a forum for the dissemination of articles focused on research, practice, and related issues relevant to teaching and learning in the Pre K-12 environment. The biannual journal is published electronically at www.joci.ecu.edu.

The North Carolina Literary Review is published annually in the summer 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. NCLR Online, a supplemental electronic issue published in the winter, includes book reviews, literary news, and articles related to the special feature section of the year’s print issue.

Tar River Poetry, an international journal of poetry and reviews, is published twice a year (fall and spring) under the auspices of the Department of English.

University Writing Center

The University Writing Center provides support for all writing in the university, including writing for graduate studies. Graduate students are welcome to visit the UWC to work on coursework, theses, or dissertations. Because of the longer nature of graduate-level writing, however, the UWC recommends that graduate students consider visiting multiple times, working on smaller sections of their work each session. Please keep in mind that the UWC’s goal is writing instruction; this is not an editing service. Graduate students are welcome at all sites of the UWC—Joyner Library First Floor, Bate 2026, and Health Sciences 1504. Students may access additional resources, including the online writing lab for students enrolled in distance education courses, through the University Writing Program Web site, www.ecu.edu/writing.

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, 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 rental program for numerous in-store and online textbook titles. This textbook rental program can provide a cost savings up to 80% 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, 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 for students to sell textbooks. Dowdy Student Stores contributes profits to scholarship and other university 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.ecu.edu) or by phone (252-328-6731 or toll-free 1-877-499-TEXT).

University Policies

For information on East Carolina University’s substance abuse and racial and ethnic harassment policies, as well as information on affirmative action, nondiscrimination, and sexual harassment prevention policies go to www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/grcat/policies.cfm.