The Wheat State Whirlwind Tour is an annual KU faculty development program. It includes a week-long tour of Kansas plus one or two advance preparatory sessions. For an in-depth description of the tour and its goals, read the General Information section.

Answers to these frequently-asked questions may be helpful:

  • Who can apply?
  • How do I apply?
  • Is there someone in my department or school who went last year?
  • How much of my time will the tour require?

Who can apply?

Faculty applications are given priority, but any unclassified staff member at KU is welcome to apply. Partners are not eligible to apply unless that person is also a KU faculty member. Faculty will be selected from the Lawrence Campus, Edwards Campus, Medical Center Kansas City, and the School of Medicine in Wichita.

Is there someone in my department or school who went last year?

Check the Wheatstate Whirlwind Tour Web site for previous participants. Participants from previous tours are happy to answer your questions. Feel free to contact them.

How much of my time will the tour require?

The 2011 tour will be Monday, May 23 through Friday, May 27. Applicants should plan to participate in the entire five-day tour. There will also be one or two preparatory sessions that participants are encouraged to attend, but are not mandatory.

Where will the tour go?

The tour will cover a large portion of Kansas in five days. The daily itinerary will be posted when it is finalized; until then the General Information section will provide a good overview.

How will we travel?

An air-conditioned, restroom-equipped motor coach with audio/video capability is our traveling classroom. Smoking is not allowed on the tour bus.

What about dining opportunities?

All meals and snacks will be provided. You will be able to sample ethnic food, eat at historic establishments, and dine with local citizens. Please indicate any dietary restrictions on your application (vegetarian, diabetic, allergies), and we will make work to make arrangements to meet your needs. However, please understand that experiencing culinary diversity is an important part of our tour. To prevent separation of the group, seating accommodations for smokers will not be available during meals.

What about lodging?

One of the primary goals of this tour is to acquaint faculty members with one another. For that reason, participants will be expected to share double-occupancy rooms provided each evening in hotels. Continental breakfast will be available each morning. If unique circumstances make it necessary for you to request a private room, there will be a $200 charge. Please do not send payment until after you have been notified that you have been accepted.

When will I be notified if I’ve been accepted?

The goal will be to notify applicants by mid-December. You will be notified by e-mail.

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