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 help orient prospective and first-time instructors 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. 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
Languages, Literature and Writing—Jay Jacoby
Life Transitions—Meridith Miller
Math, Science and Technology—Richard Wiener
Social Sciences—Brad Fulller
Performing Arts—Beth Davey
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 email@example.com
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:
Summer Term 2020 will be June 8 - July 20, 2020. Course proposals are now closed.
Fall term 2020 (eight weeks) will be September 21 - November 13, 2020. Course proposals are due May 1, 2020.
The Fall 2020 term will also offer a theme on Seeing Women in 20/20. If you have a course idea and want to run it by the CFS Committee for feedback , let us know by April 1 through a short Course Idea summary HERE.
Winter term 2021 (six weeks) will be January 11 - February 22, 2021. Course proposals are due August 1, 2020.
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:
Fall term (8 weeks) -- Course Proposal Deadline: May 1
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
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.
Hmmm! I never thought about it like that:
Looking at your teaching style.
SkillTalks will be March 12, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. -3 p.m.
Lunch will be served so please, let us know you are coming!
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.