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Faculty Development

The University of South Carolina CIBER offers Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) programs covering a wide variety of international business topics in locations throughout the world. The USC CIBER conducts a domestic FDIB pedagogical program at its Columbia campus in June of each year, and leads and/or sponsors other overseas FDIB Programs to Africa, China and the Middle East and North Africa.


FDIB: On-Campus Programs

  • 29th Annual FDIB Program – June 4-9, 2017
    The nation’s longest running and most comprehensive program for faculty teaching international business - in its 29th consecutive year - is hosted by the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business, the Moore School’s Sonoco International Business Department and the University of South Carolina CIBER. The program will be held in the Moore School in Columbia, South Carolina.

    The program’s five concurrent seminars - (1) Survey of International Business, (2) International Management & Global Strategy, (3) International Financial Management, (4) Global Supply Chain and Operations Management and (5) International Marketing and Negotiations - are designed for faculty who desire to teach or who are already teaching international business courses, and provides them with the skills and resources necessary to create and implement a world-class international business curriculum. The program also offers one-hour bonus sessions on emerging and transition markets: China, Eastern Europe and Latin America.

    There are a limited number of CIBER scholarships available and are awarded based on a first-come, first-served basis. Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) faculty are also eligible for a larger scholarship stipend, usually $1,000 per participant.  The REGISTRATION website will be active soon - please register at your convenience for both the FDIB program and CIBER scholarship (as applicable).  Contact information:  Mike Shealy @ shealy@sc.edu.

  • 24th Annual FDIB-Spanish Workshop:  June 4-9, 2017
    Conducted concurrently with the annual FDIB International Business Seminar Series (above), this workshop instructs university and high school-level Spanish instructors on techniques and strategies for teaching BUSINESS Spanish to their students. The program fee is $950 for college-level instructors with a limited number of CIBER scholarships of $500 each available to the first 10 confirmed applicants; the fee is only $100 for the week-long program for high school instructors of Spanish. To register for the program, please check here for a link to the registration website by October 2016.  For more information on the program, please contact Mike Shealy, CIBER Director.


FDIB:  Overseas Faculty Programs                   
  • FDIB-MENA & East Africa:  (3rd Annual) - December 31, 2016-January 15, 2017
    This annual faculty and professional overseas study program is sponsored and lead-managed by the CIBER schools of the University of South Carolina, Brigham Young University, and The George Washington University.  The program - which also offers a spouse/adult guest concurrent program at a reduced rate - is an opportunity for all participants to experience first-hand the unique business challenges of the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region -  as well as areas in East Africa - as they travel to Cairo & Giza, Egypt and Kigali and Lake Kivu, Rwanda.  The participants and guests will also take part in numerous business and academic site visits, culture tours and academic and professional seminars. The 2017 program will focus once again upon "doing business in the MENA region," as well as concentrating upon the traditional North & East African local and national businesses and multinational corporations operating in the region. The program fees (round-trip airfare is not included in the program fee) are: faculty/professional participants, $4,500; spouse/adult guest of participant, $3,750 (must room with sponsor); and graduate student, $3,500. The program is capped at 28 total participants and guests on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for application is October 1, 2016.  A program brochure will be available by Aug/Sep 2016.  For further information on the program, please contact Mike Shealy at your convenience.                

  • FDIB-Africa:  Understanding the Business Challenges of Sub-Saharan Africa (11th Annual) - May 7-22, 2017
    This annual faculty and professional overseas study program is sponsored and lead-managed by the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina CIBER team of Rob Rolfe and Mike Shealy. The program is also co-sponsored by the CIBER universities of BYU, Colorado Denver, Connecticut, George Washington, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Michigan State and Texas A&M. The program - which also offers a spouse/adult guest concurrent program at a reduced rate - is an opportunity for all participants to experience first-hand the unique business challenges of Sub-Saharan Africa as they travel to Cape Town, South Africa; Kasane & Chobe, Botswana; and Livingstone & Lusaka, Zambia, as well as participate in numerous business and academic site visits, culture tours and academic and professional seminars. The 2017 program will focus once again upon "doing business in Sub-Saharan Africa," as well as concentrating upon the traditional African local and national businesses and multinational corporations operating in the region of southern Africa. The program fees (round-trip airfare to South Africa is not included in the program fee) are: faculty/professional participants, $4,500; spouse/adult guest of participant, $3,750 (must room with sponsor); and graduate student, $3,500. The program is capped at 28 total participants and guests on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for application is December 1, 2016.  A program brochure will be available by September 2016.  For further information on the program, please contact Mike Shealy at your convenience. 

  • There are several other CIBER overseas study programs—both summer and winter—offered by other CIBER consortia as well, to include China, Australia, Cuba, Japan, Myanmar, Ireland, Peru and Colombia . For more information concerning all CIBER FDIB Programs, please visit CIBERweb.