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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 sponsors two other overseas FDIB Programs to Africa and the Middle East and North Africa (one in January and one in May each year).

FDIB: On-Campus Programs

  • 26th Annual FDIB Seminars  (June 8-13, 2014)
    An annual international business faculty development seminar series hosted by the University of South Carolina CIBER in Columbia, South Carolina (scheduled for the brand new Darla Moore School of Business), is now in its 26th consecutive year. The week-long seminars—Survey of International Business, International Management, International Marketing, International Financial Management and Global Operations and Supply Chain Management—are designed for faculty who desire to teach or who are already teaching international business courses, providing them with current techniques and expertise to further globalize their business courses. There will be CIBER Scholarships available for these seminars to the first 40 registered participants who request them, usually for $500.  Minority Serving Institutions (MS) faculty are also eligible for a larger scholarship stipend, usually $1,000 per participant. To apply for this on-campus program, please contact the program registrars, Angie Brown or Kim Smith.  Please click here for the program brochure.


 FDIB:  Overseas Faculty Programs

  • FDIB-Africa: Understanding the Business Challenges of Africa (Eighth Annual) - May 12-24, 2014
    An annual faculty and professional overseas study program is sponsored and lead-managed by the University of South Carolina CIBER and co-sponsored by the CIBER universities of Colorado Denver, Indiana, Memphis, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M and Wisconsin. This faculty and professional overseas study program—which also offers (for the third consecutive year) a spouse/adult guest concurrent program at a reduced rate—is an opportunity to experience firsthand the unique business challenges of sub-Saharan Africa as they travel to Johannesburg, South Africa; Maputo, Mozambique; and Ezulwini, Swaziland, 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 multi-national corporations operating in the region of southern Africa. Please download FDIB-Africa to view the 2014 brochure. The program fees (roundtrip airfare to Johannesburg, South Africa is not included in the program fee) are set at: 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 26 total participants and guests on a first-come, first-served basis.  The application window - November 15, 2013 - is now closed. For further information on the program, to include early application to next year's program to Cape Town, South Africa; Victoria Falls, Zambia; and Kasane, Botswana, please contact Mike Shealy as soon as possible.  

    There are several other CIBER overseas study programs—both summer and winter—offered by other CIBER consortia as well, to include India, Scandinavia, Australia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, China and the Mercosur Region (Brazil, Argentina and Chile). For more information concerning all CIBER FDIB Programs, please visit CIBERweb