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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 Seminars  (June 7-12, 2015)
    An annual international business faculty development seminar series hosted by the University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business, the Sonoco International Business Department and the University of South Carolina CIBER in Columbia, South Carolina, is now in its 27th consecutive year. The week-long seminars—Survey of International Business, International Management, International Marketing, International Financial Management and Global Operations and Supply Chain Management, and International Negotiations —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 are CIBER Scholarships available for these seminars to the first 20 registered participants who request them, usually for $500 each.  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 (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