Centers | CIBER

Faculty Resources

NISOD 2017

Workshop on Internationalization in Community Colleges - Integrating Foreign Language and Cultural Training

Sunday, May 28th at 9am-12pm and 1:15pm-4pm

This two-part workshop, part of the 2017 NISOD conference, (,  introduces pathways and resources to prepare your students for success in the global economy.  Don’t miss this opportunity to attain hands-on experience and practical tools to help your students think and communicate more effectively across borders, languages, and cultures.

Community Colleges as Leaders in Global Education and Making the Transition From General Language Teaching to Business Language Teaching

Mara Andersen, Executive Director, Community Colleges for International Development, will share current trends, challenges and practices in integrating global education in community college curriculum and programs.  Next, Orlando R. Kelm, Associate Director, Business Language Programs, Center for Global Business, The University of Texas at Austin, will describe different routes to educational internationalization and foreign language training that can be used in the workplace.  Traditionally, foreign language educators teach foreign languages for general purposes, usually within the context of liberal arts (i.e., literature and linguistics). When faced with the challenge of teaching foreign languages for professional purposes, educators often feel unprepared and unqualified.  This session provides strategies foreign language educators can use to teach foreign language for specific or professional purposes.  The focus is on business language, but the principles apply to other disciplines as well.

Facilitating Cultural Learning and Resources for Internationalization

The afternoon session begins by introducing ways to prepare students to deal effectively with cultural differences.  Deirdre Mendez, Associate Director for Cultural Programs at the Center for Global Business, The University of Texas at Austin, will share her no-cost online resource, the Cultural Analysis Toolkit, which has been accessed by more than 150 institutions.  At a time when study abroad numbers are increasing, studies show that in-country cultural learning is often insufficient.  The Toolkit enables educational institutions with limited resources to enhance their students’ cultural learning in study abroad programs as well as in classroom study.  The workshop will guide participants in using the Toolkit to teach students to identify cultural parameters in a new environment and develop solutions to culture-based problems.   The workshop will conclude with Mara Andersen, Executive Director of Community Colleges for International Development highlighting key funding, training, and evaluation resources for campus internationalization.

As a result of funding provided by the Center for Global Business, the workshop fee will be reduced to $25 for either the morning or afternoon session or $35 for both. However, registration is limited to 30 participants per session, and conference registration is required.

Tentative schedule can be viewed here


COST: $30 ● Breaks Included

QUESTIONS? Contact Cheryl Lane at 512-471-7875 or


Need accommodations? Click here for a list of hotels near campus.

Texas IBLI 2016


Globalization and global commerce have had profound impacts on educational needs both in business and in language instruction.  For the first time, the Centers for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Global Business are offering an International Business and Language Institute for community college faculty.  The Institute will provide opportunities for business and foreign language instructors to jointly consider trends in international education, such as the impact of globalization on community colleges and cultural analysis in study  abroad.  In addition, the Institute will include sessions designed to address the more specific needs of business instructors and language instructors separately.  Participants will gain insights into how to incorporate new content and techniques into their classes, practical advice on materials available, and be able to network with faculty from community colleges across the region.

Institute begins on Thursday, June 9th at 10:00am and concludes on Friday, June 10th at 12:30pm

Tentative schedule can be viewed here


COST: $30 ● Lunch and Breaks Included

QUESTIONS? Contact Cheryl Lane at 512-471-7875 or


Need accommodations? Click here for a list of hotels near campus.

Research Excellence Grants

Call for Proposals

The Center for Global Business is pleased to announce a special summer award for Research Excellence Grants.   While the regular Research Excellence Grants are not available over the summer, the Center will have limited funds to support summer research on issues related to International Business. 

 The McCombs Research Excellence Grant program seeks to promote research excellence in the school by supporting influential and high quality faculty research projects that require substantive funding but cannot be funded through other sources (e.g., ADF or other discretionary funds).  Examples of research-related costs covered by these grants include costs for data gathering and analysis, research assistantships, purchase of expensive databases, and funds to organize academic conferences at the school.

The Center for Global Business Summer Research Excellence Grants may range from $2,000 to $15,000 each; The Summer Research Excellence grants will use the similar criteria for selection as the McCombs Research Excellence Grant program with the addition that proposals will be evaluated in light of the likely impact on our understanding of the specific dynamics of business in a global/international context.  These criteria for awarding research excellence grants include the novelty and likely academic impact of the proposed research in understanding global business, its potential to significantly enhance the research reputation of the faculty and the school; and its likelihood to create a long-term international business research stream for faculty members and/or graduate students associated with the research.  Preference will be given to proposals for which the investigator has obtained matching funds from other sources and to projects that entail collaboration among multiple McCombs faculty members.  For software and database purchase requests, priority will be given to software/databases that other faculty colleagues and students might also find useful.

To apply for a research excellence grant, please submit a three-page proposal (maximum) along with your current vita to the Center for Global Business Director at  The deadline to apply for funding for summer 2016 is April 15th.  The proposal should emphasize the project’s relevance and importance, and how it benefits the school.  Specifically, it should include the following items:

1.      Title of project, name of principal investigator(s) (must be McCombs tenure-track or tenured faculty members), and project duration;

2.      Motivation and description of the research project, including why it is novel and important;

3.      Anticipated outcomes (deliverables) and impact;

4.      For database purchase requests: list other faculty members or students who could benefit from this acquisition.  Also, consult with Business Librarian and Computer Services (see notes at the end of this document);

5.      Alternative sources of funding explored, availability of matching funds, and why discretionary funds (e.g., ADF, endowment, departmental funds) cannot be used;

6.      Budget, with justification (Please note that research funds may be used for research related travel.  However, in accordance with U.S. Department of Education policy, any international travel under these grants will require a very detailed budget with all specifics on how funds will be spent, including all specific forms of transportation, lodging, meals, and specific incidentals.  U.S. air carriers must be used when available.  Requests that include domestic travel should indicate how travel funds will be allocated in a more general format);

7.      A summary of progress and outcomes of any previous McCombs Research Excellence Grants awarded to the investigators.

SYLFF Doctoral Fellowship

The objective of these awards is to support doctoral dissertation research on topics combining international and business perspectives. The fellowships are provided through an endowment from the Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) of the Tokyo Foundation. They will be made only to doctoral students:

  1. who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), and
  2. whose approved dissertation research addresses, wholly or in significant part, the objective described above.

Complete the SYLFF Doctoral Fellowship Application Form and ask your graduate adviser to submit nominations to the Center for Global Business Director Linda Gerber at Applications will be reviewed by the UT-Austin SYLFF Steering Committee, with input from McCombs School Doctoral Advisory Committee.

Applicants must be currently enrolled at UT-Austin. Awards are based on major accomplishments since entering Graduate School, a well-defined program of research that combines international and business perspectives, a strong personal statement, and a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s doctoral advisor.

Application Deadline: November 7, 2016 for the following academic year
Stipend: $10,000 Generally, three such awards are available annually.

Center for Global Business
McCombs School of Business
CBA 3.244
(512) 471-7875
More Information:
Cheryl Lane, Assistant Director

More Projects

To learn more about Dr. Orlando Kelm's language learning project visit this blog and for his intercultural communication project visit this blog.

Tools for Business Language Learning

Video Series: Cultural Interviews with International Business Executives

This Center for Global Business funded program is a compilation of over 800 brief video clips. Foreign executives discuss cultural issue of interest to North Americans - from negotiation practices to social situations.

The interviews offer the opinions of real people, which are at times contradictory, and serve to stimulate discussion. They introduce diverse vocabulary in a professional setting, and offer non-native speakers of foreign languages examples of natural speech, illustrating the way that speakers really talk. The video clip library includes interviews in Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, German, Turkish and Russian which can be viewed here.  

Page last updated: 1/18/2017