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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

  • 27th Annual FDIB Program – June 7–12, 2015 
    The nation’s longest running and most comprehensive program for faculty teaching international business is now it its 27th 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. This year's 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.

    Click here for additional information, to download a full course brochure or to register.


FDIB: Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) & Community College Faculty Programs

  • FDIB-MSI/CC Program – March 20-21, 2015 (Atlanta, GA)
    This international business faculty development program is managed by a consortium (CIBERs from the University of South Carolina and the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as Duke University's Fuqua School of Business) and conducted in Atlanta at Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business.  

    The program’s two concurrent seminars—Survey of International Business and International Management —are designed for faculty from Minority Serving Institutions and Community Colleges 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 a special presentation by a distinguished faculty from GA Tech, the host institution.

    There is NO program fee required to attend either of the seminars in March, and registration (25 participants per seminar for a total of 50 maximum) is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    Click here to register and for additional information.. NOTE:  THIS PROGRAM HAS CONCLUDED.

FDIB:  Overseas Faculty Programs


  • FDIB-Africa: Understanding the Business Challenges of Africa (Ninth Annual) - May 17-30, 2015
    This annual faculty and professional overseas study program is sponsored and lead-managed by the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina team of Rob Rolfe and Mike Shealy. The program is also co-sponsored by the universities of Colorado Denver, Indiana, Georgia State, Michigan State, and Texas A&M. This faculty and professional overseas study program—which also offers (for the 4th 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 Cape Town, South Africa; Lusaka & Victoria Falls, Zambia; and Kasane & Chobe, Botswana, as well as participate in numerous site and business visits, culture tours and academic and professional seminars. This year's program will focus upon Asian influence within Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the traditional African local businesses and multinational corporations operating in the region of southern Africa. The 2015 program brochure is available now (please click on the FDIB-Africa program brochure image). 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 32 total participants and guests on a first-come, first-served basis (Note:  As of 29 October 2014, there are already 32 participants registered, so the program is full at the moment.  We do maintain a waiting list on a "first-come, first-served" basis in the event of cancellations, so please submit your application if you are still interested in the program).  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  Scandinavia, Australia, and China . For more information concerning all CIBER FDIB Programs, please visit CIBERweb