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.

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:

  • Fall term 2021 (eight weeks) will be September 20-November 12, 2021. The deadline for course proposals is May 1, 2021.
  • Winter term 2022 (six weeks) will be January 10-February 21, 2022. The deadline for course proposals is August 1, 2021.

Please click on the term name above 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.

During the upcoming months, CFS instructors can attend online training on Zoom, and meet in peer mentoring training sessions in preparation for teaching online courses. Watch for details in the OLLI Observer email newsletter or contact us at olli@unca.edu.

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.