Faculty Development

Each year the Ahlers Center supports faculty to expand their expertise in the international arena. This is done through the support of their research activities, faculty teaching abroad, internationalizing of curriculum, enhancing language learning and various other international opportunities.

Language Training

In order to provide SBA faculty and staff with language improvement training, the Ahlers Center offers 3 or 6 month memberships to Rosetta Stone. With each membership comes with unlimited access to every language and level available in the program at a special discounted rate of $40 for a 3 month membership and $75 for 6 months.

You can also access Rosetta Stone from any computer or iPad, on-campus or off. However, it is recommended that a microphone and speaker be available to enhance learning.

For more information and to sign-up: Rosetta Stone Language Learning System.

Highlighted Additional Development Activities

  • 2014 Faculty Development Program will take place in South Korea and Japan. The U.S. and Japanese economies remain closely intertwined through trade and capital flows together accounting for about 30% of the world economy in 2012. The Korea-USA Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is the second-largest U.S. FTA (next to NAFTA). South Korea is the seventh- largest trading partner of the United States, and the United States is South Korea’s third-largest trading partner. Clearly these two distinct countries are vital business partners and it would be important to know more about their history, culture, and business environment to incorporate in our teaching and scholarship. The trip will provide an opportunity to meet with business executives, visit companies and interact with academic colleagues in both Tokyo and Seoul. Applications are due by October 1, 2013.
  • 2014 will have 21 graduate business courses are being offered abroad organized by the Ahlers Center for International Business. Additionally, there will be nine undergraduate business courses offered through USD's International Center with support from the Ahlers Center for company visits, connections to alumni, relevant guest speakers, etc. These are great opportunities for our faculty to expand their international expertise as well as exciting learning opportunities for our students.
  • 2013 Faculty Development program to Delhi, India was held to interact with colleagues at the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) at the University of Delhi and IMT Ghaziabad. We had opportunities to visit with several different companies, across various sectors, as well asmeetings with business executives to enhance our understanding and knowledge related to the Indian marketplace.
  • In 2012, 25 different business courses were taught abroad in a USD faculty-led program increasing opportunities for students and the expansions of international expertise of our faculty. Faculty taught in programs on five continents.
  • 2011 Faculty Development Program to Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in the Philippines and the National University of Singapore (NUS) to interact with faculty from those institutions to discuss mutual interests and potential partnerships, meet with alumni and business leaders, and to increase our understanding and expertise of the region.
  • 2010 Faculty Development Program to Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) and Universidad ESAN (Peru) meeting with faculty and business leaders. USD faculty were able to interact with host university faculty to share research ideas and course development.
  • 2009 Faculty Development Program to Mexico City to meet with faculty from Tec de Monterrey and Mexican executives.
  • Faculty Development Workshop on participant-based learning with John Ickes (INCAE, Costa Rica) using cases and examples from Latin America.