Message from Wilson Kalunge, IFP Class President 2013
Message from the IFP academic director Prof. Xavier Santomá
Introduction to International Faculty Program
Why an International Faculty Program (IFP)?
The International Faculty Program is a unique 3-week program that covers essential aspects of business management teaching. The program will introduce you to effective approaches to teaching and also help you identify your own strengths and areas for improvement.
The IFP prepares business school professors to make outstanding contributions to their institutions through the development of critical teaching and leadership skills. Led by IESE Business School faculty members, the IFP includes participants from diverse countries to provide highly rewarding learning experience. The program takes place at IESE Business School's Barcelona campus, with two weeks of preparation time before the program begins.
The program concentrates on teaching methodologies in management education, research and development of curricula. It is designed for faculty members of business schools worldwide. The overall aim of the program is to improve the general quality of management education.
The Case Study Method
An Institutional Perspective
A 3-Week Program
The IFP introduces participants to the case study method, a dynamic pedagogical tool. Participants in the program also have the opportunity to gain new teaching competencies, improve their existing techniques and share them with other colleagues. During the 3-week residential course, they also gain new ideas for curriculum and course design for implementation at their home institutions.Other aims of the program are to improve participants’ communication skills through different teaching tools, especially the case study method and to expose faculty to new institutional structures that might lead to improvements in their home institutions.
The IFP takes a “Dean’s view” of faculty development, bearing in mind the needs of the individual and the institution. The aim of the program is to prepare faculty leaders who can contribute toward organizational change and help their schools achieve its key goals. For this reason, issues such as departmental management, program and institutional development, and faculty management receive in-depth attention.
Based on IESE’s extensive experience leading faculty development programs, three weeks is viewed as an ideal amount of time for fulfilling the objectives of the program in an intensive, yet reflective learning environment. Shorter programs tend to be narrower in scope.