Summer Conference for Kansas Government,
History and Social Studies Teachers

July 22-24, 2020

On behalf of the Dole Institute of Politics, Director Bill Lacy and Associate Director Barbara Ballard are pleased to invite you to apply for the 10th annual conference for Government, History and Social Studies teachers at the Dole Institute at the University of Kansas, July 22-24, 2019. If selected, you would participate in “Civic Engagement and 2020 Elections” with other teachers from around the state of Kansas.

The 3-day conference will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22 and end by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 24. We have invited outstanding presenters, including elected officials, professors, and current and retired teachers.

The Dole Institute will provide a $300.00 stipend, two nights of lodging, meals, and reimbursement for mileage/tolls up to $275.

We will bring together high school and middle school teachers to discuss and debate the significance of getting young people involved in civic engagement, public service and in local, state, and national elections. Youth voting (18-24 years old) is increasing around the country and interest is at an all-time high.

The following is the mission statement of the Dole Institute of Politics:

The mission of the Dole Institute of Politics is to promote political and civic participation as well as civic discourse in a bi-partisan, balanced manner. By providing a forum for discussion of political and economic issues, fostering for public service leadership and encouraging participation in the political process, we emphasize that politics is an honorable profession and that only through political and civic participation can citizens redirect the course of our nation.

Up to twenty-five (25) teachers will be selected. If you would like to attend this conference, please complete the application, and include your short essay. Preference will be given to teachers who have not attended this conference before. Please send your completed application to Michele Vignola-Rogers, Office Assistant, at, fax (785) 864-1414, or mail to Dr. Barbara W. Ballard, Dole Institute of Politics, University of Kansas, 2350 Petefish Drive, Lawrence, KS 66045. Completed applications must be received by Monday, April 20, 2020

We will notify all applicants of their status by May 15, 2020. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail at or call at (785) 864-4900.

Civic Learning and Engagement Application »