KU - ZJNU Faculty Development Program

The University of Kansas is pleased host a six-month intensive faculty development program and English language immersion experience for mid-career and senior faculty from Zhejiang Normal University. The program is designed and administered by KU with the assistance of Washburn University. Through both structured, guided and self-guided program activities and through cultural programs and extra-curricular activities, the program will provide a variety of experiences and opportunities to (1) broaden their theoretical and practical foundations as teaching professors in their particular disciplines, and (2) strengthen their English language proficiency primarily in relation to their academic areas of expertise and secondarily in relation to their general facility in the language.  Lectures, seminars, classroom observations, facilitated discussions, readings, and capstone projects will broaden participant awareness of contemporary western approaches to university level instruction in the disciplines and build knowledge of contemporary instructional strategies grounded in recent research related to effective teaching.


Any questions regarding this program should be directed to isp@ku.edu


Welcome from the Director


Travel Information

The KU-ZJNU Faculty Development Program arrival date is December 2, 2019.

Flying into Kansas City International Airport, Missouri (MCI)

  • The Kansas City airport is a one-hour drive from Lawrence, Kansas where the University of Kansas is located.
  • Staff from the AEC will meet you at the airport and assist you in catching the bus to Lawrence.
  • Once you have gotten off the plane, AEC staff members will be waiting for you at the gate with a sign that reads: The University of Kansas Welcomes KU-ZJNU Faculty Development Program Participants
  • The staff members will help you find your luggage and catch the bus to Lawrence.
  • If you have a delay at any point on your journey that will chanage the flight number on which you will arrive, please call or text 785-521-5944 with the new flight number.
  • The staff will ride the bus back to Lawrence with you and help you get settled into the residence hall where you will be living during your program.

We hope your journey is a safe one and we look forward to meeting you.

Things to Bring
  1. Please bring your laptop when you come to the KU campus. Having it will be helpful, particularly for work that you will do in the spring 2020 semester.
  1. If you have apps that you use as translators, please be sure that they are downloaded on your phone and/or laptop. Our university is arranging for you to have access to some translating tools. To cover all bases, however, we think it is a good idea for you to bring translation apps that you are already comfortable using.
  1. Important: Please bring course materials for the course that you plan to revamp while you are on this program. This might include the textbook, your notes, information for students, or anything else that you use for that course. These materials will be needed and useful to you as you begin to reshape the course.
Housing and Meals


Participants will live in a single occupancy room in a two-bedroom apartment with another program participant in the Jayhawker Towers on the University of Kansas campus. You will be provided with sheets, a blanket, a pillow and a towel for use during your program.

Apartments are comprised of:

  • A living room,
  • A kitchen with a stove and refrigerator,
  • A bathroom,
  • Two bedrooms with an extra-long twin bed, desk, chair, and dresser for each resident
"The Towers" apartments offer:
  • Greater privacy and independence
  • On-site staff
  • Information desk
  • Academic Resource Center
  • Wireless Internet
  • KU card-operated laundry

“The Towers” offers students continuous occupancy and increased space, privacy, and independence while retaining the advantages of on-campus living such as location, staff, security, programs, and activities. An active tenants’ association sponsors social events and provides input on community improvements. Jayhawker Towers is a popular location.


  • Your program fees will provide you with $450 on your KUID card that can be used to eat in restaurants and coffee shops on campus throughout your time at KU. 
  • The remainder of your meals will be your responsibility.  We will show you places in Lawrence where you can purchase Asian ingredients for your own cooking as well as Chinese restaurants nears the Jayhawker Towers you might enjoy.

In case of sickness, you should first go to the Watkins Student Health Center on campus.

  • They will decide whether to treat you at the Health Center or to send you to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Do not go to the hospital without a referral from the Student Health Center. It will be expensive, and the insurance company may not reimburse you.


  • As a program participant with International Short Programs, you will be eligible for the full services offered by the Watkins Student Health Center at KU. You must have your KUID with you to receive medical treatment.
  • There is a charge for many services, including medications, x-rays and minor surgery. You and your health insurance company must pay these charges.
  • Prescriptions filled at the Student Health Center are not free, but they are less expensive than other pharmacies.
  • Dental care is not available at Watkins.
Watkins Hours of Operation

Appointment Line: 785-864-9507
Pharmacy: 785-864-9512
Automated Line: 785-864-9500
Emergency: 911

Health Insurance

You will be covered by KU student health insurance.

Because you will be enrolled in a program at  KU, you will be able to see a doctor for free while you are at here. 

Any medical tests, medications or treatments you receive will be partially covered by your insurance but you will also be responsible for part of these costs.  The exact distribution of charges will depend upon which tests, medication or treatments you require but, in general, insurance covers about 80% of your medical charges. 

Medical Check-in

As an ISP program participant your medical requirements will be:

  • Two (2) Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination
  • A Tuberculosis test

If you have an official vaccination record that shows you have already taken the MMR vaccinations in your home country, you can bring it with you. The record must be in English, show the date you took the vaccination, and be signed by a doctor.

If your vaccination record is not in English, you can print the form found at this link and ask your doctor to fill it out and sign it.

In the U.S., the MMR vaccination contains three vaccines – one each for Measles, Mumps and Rubella.  In your country each of these vaccines might be given separately.  Your records must show two vaccinations for each disease.

If you do not have the correct vaccination record, you will be required to take the vaccinations here.

Calendar For Orientation/English Classes (December 2, 2019 - January 18, 2020)

Center for Teaching Excellence

Optional Activities

Contact Information

The office is open from 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. You may call the office to contact ISP staff during those hours. During the evenings or weekends, if you need to speak with someone from the ISP, you should call 785-521-5944.

Emergency phone:  785-521-5944

ISP Office phone:  785-864-6161

Mindy Van House
Office: (785) 864-1496

Erin Greer Smith
Office: (785) 864-1557

Grace Marco
Office: (785) 864-6161

Geri Lamer
Office: (785) 864-1321

Aaron Huerter
Office: (785) 864-5316


"After studying in KU for nearly 6 months, I have a lot of feelings, such as KU Faculty's professional dedication and enthusiasm, Blackboard, whiteboard, thousands of people's classrooms and other rich and convenient teaching resources.  Various libraries serve teaching and scientific research well ......

In addition, I have learned many advanced educational theories and teaching methods, which I plan to apply to my own teaching practice in the future. Such as group discussion, teacher-student interaction, encouragement, appreciation of teaching and so on."


Professor Jiangquan Bao, ZJNU Program 2019-2020​​