Darla Domke-Damonte - Coastal Carolina University
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Darla Domke-Damonte 

Associate Provost for Global Initiatives

Jackson Student Union A109-D  |  843-349-2129  |  ddamonte@coastal.edu

Darla Domke-DamonteDarla Domke-Damonte, Ph.D., has been with Coastal Carolina University since August 1998, when she started as an assistant professor of management. Currently, she is the associate provost for global initiatives. In this role, she develops and implements internationalization strategies for the university. She is also a tenured professor of management and formerly served as assistant dean in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University. 

She earned her Ph.D. in strategic management from Florida State University in 1998, a master’s degree in international business (MIBS) from the University of South Carolina in 1993, and a bachelor’s degree from the American University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a double major in Russian/USSR area studies and foreign language (German)/communications media (Public Relations) in 1988. She is conversant in six languages.

She has worked in Eastern Europe and in North America in the hospitality sector, handling fixed assets for an airline catering company in Moscow (Russia), coordinating and working in conference planning and lodging management for conferences in Washington, DC, serving as a contract tour guide around Western Europe for Slovak-based Tatratour, managing travel operations for CloseUp in Washington, DC, and working in gourmet retailing and quick serve food service. She has also given seminars or taught full courses in Slovakia, Germany, Ecuador, France, and China.

Domke-Damonte’s research interests deal with entrepreneurial orientation, international knowledge flows, and the effects of pedagogical tools, individual, and team characteristics on performance in course projects in strategic management, and study abroad and its effects and support of curricular design. Her work has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in multiple journals, such as Management International Review, Operations Management Education Review, e-JBEST, Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration, SAM Advanced Management Journal, the Journal of International Hospitality, Leisure, and Tourism Management, the New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, the Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, the Journal of Organizational Change Management, the Journal of Business and Society, the Hospitality Research Journal, Journal of Management Inquiry, Coastal Business Journal, Equal Opportunities International, and the Economic Review of Tourism (Ekonomická Revue Cestovného Ruchu). She has also published a book chapter with the National Business Education Association on Cross-Cultural and International Management. She serves or has served on the editorial boards of the following journals: SAM Advanced Management Journal, International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration, Journal of Teaching in International Business, and Journal of Business Strategies. 

She has been active in service to her discipline, to community organizations, and to Coastal Carolina University. She has served as vice resident of the Consortium of International Double Degrees (CIDD), a global organization dedicated to quality assurance in international double degree programs. She has also served as chair of the task force on standards and competencies for international business for the National Business Education Association, and has presented seminars on combining international business into the classroom for the National Business Education Association Annual Meeting, the South Carolina Business Education Association, the Nebraska Department of Education and on double degree programs for the European Association of International Educators (EAIE) in Trondheim, Norway and Copenhagen, Denmark. She has also been involved in developing and administering federal and state grants, including a two-year Title VIB Business in International Education grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education and a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service. She has served as reviewer, discussant, and track chair for several regional, national, and international meetings, as proceedings editor, program chair, vice president and president for the Southwest Academy of Management, as consultant to several local and state, national, and international organizations, as keynote speaker at meetings for several regional organizations, and as one of the founding organizers of the Michelob Bike Ride event of the Myrtle Beach Marathon, which raises money for Horry County Disabilities and Special Needs. She has served as past chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Grand Strand Regional Medical Center (an HCA Hospital). She was named a finalist for Volunteer of the Year by The Sun News in 2006, and awarded a Special Appreciation Award in 2011 from the Chinese Council on International Educational Exchange. She is an active member of the Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotary Club, through which she was awarded the Rising Star Award in 2014, and she currently serves as chairperson of service for the club.

At Coastal Carolina University, she has successfully led two cycles of the university’s strategic planning effort under President David DeCenzo (in 2007-2008 and again in 2015-2016), successfully coordinating an array of stakeholders to arrive at a broadly endorsed strategic plan that led institutional resource commitments and assessment and engaged a broad range of hundreds of stakeholders. She has served as chair of the University Scholarship Committee, the University Tenure and Promotion Committee, and the University International Programs Committee. She currently serves on the QEP Executive Committee of the University and Associate Dean’s Council. Within the Wall College of Business, she previously served as assistant dean, served as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, as a member of the dean’s leadership group, as a committee member for the Faculty Policies and Review Committee and the Policy Advisory Committee, and on numerous ad hoc committees dealing with issues such as faculty searches, curriculum and program redesign, and professional development programming. She maintains her rank as a tenured full professor of management.

She has developed bilateral and unilateral agreements with institutions in Germany, India, Italy, Spain, Slovakia, China, France, Japan, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Greece, and Russia, as well as short- and long-term study abroad and dual degree exchange programs, worked to coordinate and formalize promotional processes to advocate further study abroad participation by CCU students, worked to broaden recruitment of international students to Coastal Carolina University, and increased opportunities for international engagement and professional development for faculty at Coastal Carolina University. In addition, she founded the Wall College of Business study abroad programs and on-campus summer school programs, which have been offered for the last 16 years successfully in partnership with cooperating universities in Europe.  

She has served as adviser to the SAM chapter at Coastal Carolina University, receiving an Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award from the National Society for the Advancement of Management headquarters in 1999, and as the Sam M. Walton Fellow advising the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) program at Coastal Carolina University. She was awarded the Student Affairs Division Award for Coastal Carolina University in Spring 2003, and was awarded Professor of the Year for Coastal Carolina University in Spring 2012.

She is married to L. Taylor Damonte, and they have two daughters, Alexandra and Laura. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, sailing, cooking, reading, biking, traveling, and helping in the community.