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USC Faculty Certification

University of South Carolina Faculty Study Abroad Certification Series

So you want to take students abroad? Set yourself up for success. This four-part online and on-campus workshop series prepares you to take your classroom abroad. Learn from fellow faculty and other experts in education abroad about best practices and how to align campus resources with your academic goals. Attend all four sessions and get certified. Faculty who receive certification will be awarded a scholarship to award to one (or several) students studying abroad on a CIS Abroad custom, intern or study abroad program! $250 off a summer program, $500 off a semester program, $700 off a faculty-led program.

November 2019, Online

View the opening session here

“Trends in the Field of International Education” 

Join us as we share data from the Education Abroad field and compare mobility trends to the University of South Carolina and CIS Abroad, a Global Partner. This session will launch the beginning of our second certification series. Watch the recording at your convenience and plan to join us for the rest of the series outlined below.

Presenters:
Magdalena Grudzinski-Hall, Ph.D., Director, Study Abroad Office
Jessica Jones, Vice President of University Relations, CIS Abroad

January 17, 2020, 11:00am, Online

View the second session here

“If you build it, will they come?” Best practices for promoting faculty-led programs after Millennials

Back by popular demand, with a few updates to address Gen Z and how to promote programs specific to the students on campus today: Whose responsibility is it, anyway? So often there is an unspoken battle (of sorts) between study abroad office staff and faculty offering their course abroad about who is responsible for getting a program to run. Study abroad advisors are at capacity with credit transfers, portfolio management and advising appointments; as are faculty with their teaching schedules, research, and service requirements. If data indicates that faculty do in fact have the most impact, what tools are they provided to help them be successful in their recruitment endeavors? In this session we’ll review the challenges associated with marketing faculty-led programs and data from the field that can help inform how we market study abroad opportunities to Gen Z.

Presenters:
Nadia Tucker, Marketing and Recruitment Manager, Study Abroad Office, University of South Carolina
Scott Farrand, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, College of Information and Communications
Kent Moore, University Relations Regional Director – Southeast, CIS Abroad

February 20, 2020, 12:30-2:00, Online

Register here.

“Deep Diving into Risk Management: Spotlight on Mental Health”

According to a NAFSA publication by Jeffrey P. Prince, PhD, director of Counseling and Psychological Services, University Health Services,
University of California-Berkeley:

  • A recent poll revealed that 94 percent of colleges and universities reported an increase in severe psychological problems among their students (Gallagher and Taylor 2014).
  • Of the students with documented disabilities who choose to study abroad, 28 percent disclose having a psychological disability. This rate is four times more frequent (28 percent versus 6 percent) than those who disclose having a physical disability (Institute of International Education 2015).
  • On average, 25.2 percent of students seeking services were taking psychotropic medications (The Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors Annual Survey 2014).
  • Suicide. This is the second leading cause of death among traditional-age college students (ages 18–24). Even more alarming is the rate
    of students attempting suicide—12 times the rate of completed suicides (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2014).

These statistics aren’t intended to frighten anyone from leading students abroad, and in fact there have been newer reports published since 2016. Nevertheless, the fact remains: mental health continues to be a rising concern among college students. In this session we’ll hear from Dr. Mann, USC’s Director of Counseling & Psychiatry, to learn what incoming students are facing today. We’ll share best practices around risk management specific to mental health abroad and examine a case study. You will leave understanding the resources and immense support available to you, and to your students, when you take students abroad.

Presenters:
Morgan Morris, Assistant Director of Global Health, Safety, and Security, University of South Carolina
Dr. Warrenetta Mann, Director of Counseling & Psychiatry, University of South Carolina
Jess Jones, Vice President of University Relations, CIS Abroad

Friday April 24, 2020, 8:30 – 10:30 am (Location TBD)

Register here (link coming soon).

“A Breakfast Conversation: Building Faculty Peer Mentorship Around Study Abroad”

During this final interactive session we’ll come together to enjoy breakfast, and engage in small group conversations around a variety of topics concerning education abroad.

Presenters:
Magdalena Grudzinski-Hall, Ph.D., Director, Study Abroad Office
Jessica Jones, Vice President of University Relations, CIS Abroad
USC Faculty members

You can still view recordings from the first certification series (2017-2018)

October 18, 12:00pm-1:30pm, Gressette Room, Harper College on the Horseshoe

“How to Align the Available Education Abroad Resources to Foster your Academic Goals” 

Watch a recording of this session

Presenters:
Magdalena Grudzinski-Hall, Ph.D., Director, Study Abroad Office
Karen Edwards, J.D, Senior Instructor, Department of Retailing
College of Hospitality
Kris Holloway, President, CIS Abroad

During our initial launch into the first faculty-certification series we’ll peer deeper into the opportunities faculty have in internationalizing our campus specific to study abroad. Students who study abroad do not take away from USC, they’re not leaving USC, we are in fact augmenting their education and therefore USC’s student population to everyone’s benefit. During this session we’ll break down barriers and assumptions, and debunk myths. What are the various ways students can study abroad? Have you thought about an embedded semester abroad where students can complete their core curriculum requirements? Did you know there’s more to it than just a traditional short-term faculty-led program? What other opportunities do third party education abroad organizations offer us? What are the important aspects to studying abroad students are unable to access if they stayed on campus? i.e. widening the diversity of students, immersion into local universities and a foreign culture, living in a non-bubble atmosphere.

November 8, 3:45pm-5:00pm, online

“Y’all Ready for This?: Best Practices in Emergency Response and Risk Management”
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Presenters:
Kirk A. Randazzo, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Department of Political Science
Jim Mensch, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor, Exercise Science
Morgan Morris, Assistant Director of Health, Safety and Graduate Programs, Study Abroad Office
Jessica Jones, Assistant Vice President of Custom Programs, CIS Abroad

First of all, why do we care? What are the obvious and not-so-obvious risks associated with study abroad? What are the actual risks? Here’s a hint: terrorism is low on the list. Did you know students are more likely to engage in riskier behavior studying abroad? It just is, so how do we best prepare them and ourselves? This session will overview best practices and present a few case studies for consideration.

December 5, 3:45pm-5:00pm, online

“So, you want to teach abroad?: The How-tos and Hidden Rules of Designing a Successful Faculty-led Program.”
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Presenters:
Chrissie Faupel, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Advising, Study Abroad Office
Bill Pruitt, Assistant Director of Global Collaborations, Study Abroad Office
Amanda Birkenhauer, Director, International Activities, Darla Moore School of Business
Jamie Hammond, Manager of Faculty-led Programs team, CIS Abroad

Exchange rates, enrollment figures, group vs. individual costs, variable vs. fixed costs, tuition and program fees, contingency costs – don’t even mention group flight change fee challenges…There’s more to budgeting than meets the eye and it doesn’t have to make your head spin. This session will walk attendees through key considerations necessary to building a program budget using real-form examples to get you on your way.

February 1, 3:45pm-5:00pm, online

“The Art of Marketing your Faculty-led Program: Whose responsibility is it, anyway?”
Watch a recording of the webinar

Presenters:
Chrissie Faupel, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Advising, Study Abroad Office
Rebecca D’Attilio, Marketing & Recruitment Coordinator, Study Abroad Office
David A. Cárdenas, Associate Dean of Academics and Associate Professor, School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
Kent Moore, University Relations Manager at CIS Abroad

Whose responsibility is it, anyway? So often there is an unspoken battle (of sorts) between study abroad office staff and faculty offering their course abroad about who is responsible for getting a program to run. Study abroad advisors are at capacity with credit transfers, portfolio management and advising appointments; as are faculty with their teaching schedules, research, and service requirements. If data indicates that faculty do in fact have the most impact, what tools are they provided to help them be successful in their recruitment endeavors? In this session we’ll review the challenges associated with marketing faculty-led programs and data from the Open Doors report that points to the importance of the faculty member in recruitment. We’ll share findings from CIS Abroad’s on-campus partner, International Education Programs, and discuss ways to set yourself up for success using a variety of tools when promoting your short-term faculty-led course.

March 28, 4:00pm-5:30pm, (Close-Hipp, 650A)

“Enhancing Your Curriculum” and Certification Ceremony
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If you’re unable to make this session in person, please also register for the recorded session here.

Magdalena Grudzinski-Hall, Ph.D., Director, Study Abroad Office
Jabari Bodrick, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Leadership and Service Center
Irma J. Van Scoy, Ph.D., Associate Professor (ITE), Executive Director for USC Connect (Office of the Provost), College of Education
Kris Holloway, President, CIS Abroad

As we conclude our 5 part series, we will explore how study abroad can support the undergraduate curriculum. We will:

  • Discuss themes central to study abroad within the classroom
  • Explore options for embedded study abroad experiences in a traditional classroom
  • Identify the knowledge, skills and attitudes that students develop while participating in study abroad and how they may translate into the home campus experience
  • Explore campus partner programs that may afford students, faculty and staff the opportunity to extend their global experience and actively reflect – the A-HA moment!

Faculty & staff awarded certification in person at the culmination session!