Teaching for 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.

Beginning with the Summer 2020 term, College for Seniors plans and schedules OLLI Online courses. Online courses will be a regular feature of future planning.

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. A general description of topics under each curriculum committee can be accessed HERE.

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.

Business, Law and Finance—Bob Rietz
Health and Fitness—Barbara Rapchak
History—Ron Schon
Languages, Literature and Writing—David Goble
Life Transitions—Meridith Miller
Math, Science and Technology—Richard Wiener
Performing Arts—Beth Davey
Personal Development—
Religion and Philosophy—Linda MacDonald
Social Sciences—Brad Fuller
Visual Arts—Deborah Reynolds

Questions about College for Seniors? Contact Herb Gunn, College for Seniors program manager, at hgunn@unca.edu

College for Seniors Curriculum Committees: LINKS for Committee Members

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:

Winter term 2021 (six weeks) will be January 11 - February 22, 2021. Course proposal submission is now closed.

Spring term 2021 (eight weeks) will be March 22 - May 14, 2021. The course proposal form is used for online and in-person courses. Decisions about access to the Reuter Center at UNC Asheville in the Spring have not been made.

Please click on and complete the 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 press submit before closing your browser. To preview the information required on the proposal form, you can download a sample HERE. Returning instructors, your default standard instructor biography will be used for all the courses you teach. You may review your standard instructor's biography by logging onto your faculty course page in Campus CE and reviewing your instructor profile. Changes to your profile can be made by the OLLI office.

Once submitted, we will return a Review Copy of your course proposal for your records. A member of the appropriate Curriculum Committee will contact you.


The cycle of terms and course proposal deadlines is:

Winter term (6 weeks) -- Course Proposal Deadline: August 1
Spring term (8 weeks) -- Course Proposal Deadline: November 1
Summer term (6 weeks) -- Course Proposal Deadline: February 1
Fall term (8 weeks)-- Course Proposal Deadline: May 1


Workshops and Skills Development

The College for Seniors Instructor Support Team offers frequent training and workshop days for instructors or those OLLI members who may be pondering a course. 


A day of workshops and networking for prospective, new, and experienced instructors are offered prior to the Spring and Fall terms.

SkillTalks will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2020, with the theme designed specifically for College for Seniors instructors and to encourage them to explore a variety of teaching styles.

GAP Training

College for Seniors also holds training on specific topics during the gap between terms.


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 download the CFS Instructor Guide. Instructor are responsible to understand the AV and technology in the rooms in which they teach. Click here for information about available technology. Information on the assistive listening system at the Reuter Center is available through the OLLI office.