At the heart of the College for Seniors program are dedicated volunteer instructors. While many instructors are retired academics, others with no formal teaching background have successfully facilitated learning experiences centered on their areas of passion, interest or expertise. To best orient the first-time instructor and to enhance the skills of experienced teachers, the following resources are available:
CFS Curriculum Committees
The curriculum of the College for Seniors program is principally in the hands of 11 topical Curriculum Committees. The committees establish the curriculum priorities for their areas of focus, interview instructors who want to teach in a new topic area, and work with instructors to plan and promote success in the classroom.
Each Curriculum Committee can be contacted through its chair (listed below) for specific information about the review of course proposals. The Curriculum Committee chair will designate a liaison who will contact you and with the instructors and the committees to review all course proposals.
The 11 Curriculum Committees chairs:
- Math, Science and Technology—Richard Wiener
- History—Larry Griswold
- Current Events and Regional Cultures—Meridith Miller
- Languages, Literature and Writing—Bobbie Rockwell
- Business, Law and Finance—Julie Snyder
- Personal Development—Bonnie Snyder
- Religion and Philosophy—Ken Brown
- Health and Fitness—Elise Becksteet
- Social Sciences—Robert Lemkau
- Performing Arts—Carol Taylor
- Visual Arts—Sheila Murphy
CFS Course Proposals
Please understand that the CFS course proposal deadline is a hard deadline and sets into motion a number of aspects of the review process including time for the Curriculum Committees to review and consult with the proposer and the OLLI staff to prepare catalogs and registration.
Course Proposal Deadlines:
- Proposal deadline for Summer 2017 has passed.
- Fall 2017 (eight weeks). Proposal deadline is April 15, 2017.
- Winter 2018 (six weeks). Proposal deadline is July 15, 2017.
Please complete the new online course proposal form for the term in which you hope to teach. Once the proposal form is started, you must complete your work and submit before closing your browser. We will return a copy of your proposal to you for your records. The suggested course outline, which will assist the Curriculum Committee in working with you to organize your course, can be completed after the proposal is submitted. The course outline and other supplemental materials can be sent directly to the College for Seniors Program Manager.
Instructor Guide and Technology Information
An instructor guide has been prepared to help instructors understand the policies and procedures pertaining to teaching in the College for Seniors. The guide also includes information about the structure of CFS and its committees, as well as how instructors and courses are chosen and supported. Click here to view a technology FAQ sheet. Click here for more information on the assistive listening system at the Reuter Center
Workshops and Skills Development
Workshops are designed and offered by the College for Seniors Committee four times a year. The SkillTalks provide the instructors with a choice of workshops to enhance their classroom confidence and skills.
The next SkillTalks will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Reuter Center. Click here to see a list of College for Seniors Instructor Support opportunities and workshops for 2017.
Ready to Register? Here is a registration form for three Spring training events:
1) Skill Talks – One full day of workshops and networking for prospective, new and experienced instructors on Wednesday, March 8.
2) Creating Simple Power Point Presentations for Your CFS Course – Two 2-hour sessions, a week apart on Tuesdays, February 28 and March 7.
3) Accelerated “Speak Out, Speak Up” for present CFS instructors - Two full-day of sessions, a week apart on Saturdays, March 4 and 11.