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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

  • 28th Annual FDIB Program – June 5-10, 2016 
    The nation’s longest running and most comprehensive program for faculty teaching international business is now it its 28th consecutive year. This annual international business faculty development program 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’s new, state-of-of-the-art building in Columbia, South Carolina.

    The program’s five concurrent seminars—Survey of International Business, International Management, International Financial Management, Global Supply Chain and Operations Management and 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 in now active @  Please register at your convenience for both the FDIB program and CIBER scholarship (as appropriate).  Contact information:  Mike Shealy @

  • 23 Annual FDIB Spanish Workshop:  June 5-10, 2016
    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 click the following link:  REGISTER.  For more information on the program, please contact Mike Shealy, CIBER Director.

FDIB:  Overseas Faculty Programs
  • FDIB-Africa: Understanding the Business Challenges of Africa (Tenth Annual) - May 9-23, 2016
    This annual faculty and professional overseas study program - celebrating its 10th year - 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 universities of BYU, Colorado Denver, Connecticut, George Washington, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Michigan State and Texas A&M. This faculty and professional overseas study program—which also offers (for the 5th consecutive year) 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 Johannesburg, South Africa; and Windhoek, Swakopmund and Etosha, Namibia, as well as participate in numerous business and academic site visits, culture tours and academic and professional seminars. The 2016 program will focus once again upon "doing business in Sub-Saharan Africa," as well as focusing 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, $3,500 (must room with sponsor); and graduate student, $3,500. The program is capped at 22 total participants and guests on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for application is February 15, 2016. UPDATE:  The deadline for applications has passed; any new applications will be wait-listed for the May 2016 program. Click here for the APPLICATION FORM. Click here for BROCHURE: AFRICA 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  the ASEAN countries, Australia, Cuba, Japan, Myanmar, Turkey, Peru and Colombia . For more information concerning all CIBER FDIB Programs, please visit CIBERweb.