Teaching at College for Seniors

At the heart of the College for Seniors (CFS) 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. CFS offers in-person, online and hybrid (simultaneous in-person and online) courses.

CFS Curriculum Committees

CFS’s curriculum is principally in the hands of 11 topical curriculum committees. These committees establish curriculum priorities for their areas of focus, interview instructors who want to teach in a new topic area, review course proposals and work with instructors to plan and promote success in the classroom. Read a general description of topics under each curriculum committee.

  • Business, Law and Finance
  • Health and Fitness
  • History
  • Languages, Literature and Writing
  • Life Transitions
  • Math, Science and Technology
  • Performing Arts
  • Personal Development
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual Arts

Each curriculum committee can be reached through its chair for specific information about the review process for course proposals. Access the most updated list of committee chairs. The curriculum committee chair will designate a course liaison who will contact you.

Questions about CFS? Email Kristi McMillan, College for Seniors program manager, or call 828.251.6873.

CFS Course Proposals

Please understand that the CFS course proposal deadline is a hard deadline that sets into motion a comprehensive review process including time for curriculum committees to review and consult with the proposer and for OLLI staff to prepare catalogs and registration.

Course Proposal Deadlines

  • Summer term 2022 (six weeks, June 13-July 25, 2022): Course proposals are no longer being accepted. The deadline for course proposals was February 1, 2022.
  • Fall term 2022 (eight weeks, September 19-November 19, 2022): Course proposals are no longer being accepted. The deadline for course proposals was May 1, 2022.
  • Winter term 2023 (six weeks, January 9-February 20, 2023): Course proposals will be accepted starting in June 2022. The deadline for course proposals is August 1, 2022.
  • Spring term 2023 (eight weeks, March 27-May 19, 2023): Course proposals will be accepted starting in September 2022. The deadline for course proposals is November 1, 2022.

Visit our Forms page to preview and complete the online course proposal form for the term during which you hope to teach.

Once the proposal form is started, you must complete your work and click SUBMIT before closing your browser. Once submitted, we will email you a copy of your course proposal for your records. A member of the appropriate curriculum committee will contact you.

The annual cycle of terms and course proposal deadlines are:

  • 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 CFS instructor support team offers trainings and workshops for prospective, new and experienced instructors or for OLLI members who are considering to propose a course. Training covers technology skills for in-person, online and hybrid (simultaneous in-person and online) courses, peer-mentoring/training sessions on classroom skills and best practices, forums for questions and concerns, and one-on-one AV/tech checks before each term. Visit our Instructor Support, Training and Resources site or watch for details in the weekly OLLI Observer e-newsletter.

Instructor Guide and Technology Information

A guide has been prepared to help instructors understand policies and procedures pertaining to teaching at CFS. The guide also includes information about the structure of CFS and its committees, as well as how instructors and courses are chosen and supported. Visit our Instructor Support, Training and Resources site to access the CFS instructor guide.

While training and support are provided, instructors are responsible for understanding instructional technology in the classrooms where they teach. Visit our Instructor Support, Training and Resources site to learn about available classroom technology.

Read more about the assistive-listening system at the Reuter Center or email the OLLI office.