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Faculty/Staff Language Improvement

In order to provide USD Faculty and Staff with language improvement training, the International Center is offering 3 or 6 month memberships to Rosetta Stone. With each membership comes unlimited access to every language and level available in the program at a special discounted rate. Both Faculty and Staff are offered the same discount at $40 for a 3 month membership and $75 for 6 months. View a list of all languages available with each membership.

Rosetta Stone is accessible from any computer, however it is recommended that a microphone and speaker be available to users in order to enhance learning. If you wish to access the training via an iPad, please follow these instructions.

Upon registering you will be notified via the email provided when your subscription becomes active. Please allow up to two business days for processing. Your membership will not begin until this notification is sent. Be advised that when you receive this email your subscription will begin. Space is limited to 75 registrants at any given time. Should you be placed on a wait list, you will be contacted when the next available membership is open.

Eligible subscribers include all faculty, administration and staff who are full-time benefit based employees at USD. Students are not eligible.

To begin your language training by registering online. For School of Business faculty and staff, please register through the Ahlers Center for International Business.

For more information please contact the International Center at (619) 260-4598 or

Internationalization of the Curriculum Faculty Workshop

Each year, the International Center in collaboration with the Center for Educational Excellence hosts an "Internationalization of the Curriculum Workshop" for faculty. All faculty are invited to participate. The call for applications goes out early in the Fall semester and the workshop takes place during International Education Week (mid-November). Participants will work hands-on with their own syllabus and will leave the workshop with an internationalized version. Stipends are available for the successful execution of post-workshop deliverables. Please see the event flyer for additional details.  If interested, please RSVP for this event no later than Wednesday, November 11, 2015.  For more information on other International Education Week activities, please visit the International Education Week website.

Faculty Development Opportunity Abroad

Incorporating Community Engagement in International Programs

Faculty Development Application Form- Due October 1, 2015

The International Center and The Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action are collaborating to design an international faculty development program to Jamaica during January intersession (January 12-22, 2016).  Participants will be asked to contribute $400 toward their overall expenses to participate and space will be limited. The program will include round-trip economy airfare, accommodations, tours, site visits with community partners, and community engagement opportunities.

USD has been organizing study abroad programs in Jamaica for the past 10 years.  This location allows for an excellent example of how faculty can incorporate immersion and community engagement into any of their international programs.  The development trip will be interdisciplinary in design, and will explore and examine the history, culture and the current social issues facing a post-slavery, post-colonial Jamaica.  Participating faculty will gain the opportunity and skills to explore ways to effectively, intentionally and meaningfully connect and co-create with community (in Jamaica, in other international locations, and even in San Diego).  This experience will also be a unique opportunity to engage with the USD community and build relationships with your colleagues from across campus.   

Full-time faculty interested in participating are required to submit the completed application form to Kelli Bagley by October 1, 2015.  Space is limited and accepted faculty will be notified in mid-October.  Please note, faculty will also be asked to share with others what they have learned upon returning at a faculty colloquium.

Additional International Faculty Development Opportunities

The following departments currently offer faculty development opportunities abroad:
Ahlers Center for International Business
Catholic Thought and Culture

Staff Development Opportunities Abroad

Full-time, benefits-based USD employees have the opportunity to serve as an Experiential Learning Professional as part of the Second Year Experience Abroad (SYE Abroad) Program. This program is a feature component of the second year initiative on campus and is an opportunity for employees to work with small groups of students both on campus and abroad. Experiential Learning Professionals work with freshmen students for approximately one year before traveling abroad with the students during Intersession of their sophomore year.

Information about the role of Experiential Learning Professionals on the SYE Abroad Program and a sample calendar can be accessed through the links below. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the role and expectations prior to submitting an application:

SYE Abroad 2016 Experiential Learning Professional Role Description and Timeline

SYE Abroad Sample Calendar

The USD International Center is currently accepting applications for SYE Abroad 2016 Experiential Learning Professional staff positions. Employees who work directly in advising or supporting undergraduate students will be given priority. To apply, please complete the SYE 2016 Staff Application. NOTE: The application deadline has passed for Intersession 2016.

Please contact Kira Espiritu at 619-260-4598 if you have any questions about these opportunities.