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What is the Faculty Field Tour?

The UW Faculty Field Tour is a five-day immersive tour of the state of Washington, designed for faculty members who are new to the state and to the University.

Covering roughly 1,000 miles, the tour takes you from Washington’s west side over its towering mountains and through its agricultural heartland. The Faculty Field Tour is a unique opportunity to meet other new faculty from various disciplines and campuses, learn about the communities that UW students come from and talk one-on-one with University leaders.

Destinations include


State capitol




Mount St. Helens




Grand Coulee Dam


North Cascades National Park

Past participants say …

“The Faculty Field Tour is an AMAZING experience! The trip was a great way to get to know this extremely diverse and fascinating state. It was also an amazing way to bond with people you likely wouldn’t have met otherwise.”
— Cynthia Chang, assistant professor, UW Bothell School of STEM

“The Faculty Field Tour provided very important context and background for the UW community at large. I found it to be extremely helpful to better understand the reach and impact of the UW across the region. I felt so much more connected to the UW after the tour.”
— Zach Marcum, assistant professor, School of Pharmacy

“Our trip allowed us to meet people in the community and see beautiful landscapes outside the Puget Sound region. It was an enriching experience in several ways, and I would recommend this tour to new faculty.”
— Ed Chamberlain, assistant professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Tacoma

Did you know?

Check out these links for interesting facts about the Evergreen State: