College for Seniors

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 can be contacted through their committee chairs.

Questions about College for Seniors? Contact Herb Gunn, College for Seniors program manager, at


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:

  • Summer 2018 (six weeks). Proposal deadline was February 1, and proposal submissions are closed.
  • Fall 2018 (eight weeks). Proposal deadline is May 1, 2018.

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. If you would like a copy of the information requested before you open the form, click HERE.

We will return a copy of your proposal to you for your records. The Course Outline, which will assist the Curriculum Committee in working with you to organize your course AND be posted on the OLLI website prior to the term, can be completed after the proposal is submitted. The Course Outline, amendments to the proposal, 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 sheetClick here for more information on the assistive listening system at the Reuter Center

Workshops and Skills Development

Want to learn more about possibly teaching with College for Seniors?
Come to an orientation on teaching at College for Seniors at the Reuter Center.

Thursday, February 15, 2018
4:15-5 p.m.
Convener: Sheila Murphy,
Chair of the Visual Arts Curriculum Committee


Already an instructor with College for Seniors, and want to improve your classroom presentations?

SkillTalks – One full day of workshops and networking for prospective, new and experienced instructors

Tuesday, March 8, 2018 click here
and August 21, 2018, at the Reuter Center.

We start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Watch for details.