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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Teaching Positions

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE is looking for PhD students who are interested in teaching next year. OLLI is a learning program for retirees 55+ and offers a paid position and the ability to design your own course.

The OLLI Scholars program is a opportunity for Graduate, PhD and professional school students to design and deliver a full course to OLLI members. Payment is $1,000 per course. We have a classroom in McNamara so students need not have a vehicle. Additionally, we can also offer classes anywhere on campus that will host us including the St. Paul Campus. 

A bit about OLLI:
OLLI is a lifelong learning program for persons 55+. OLLI members are highly educated and intellectually curious. Many are retired professors or professionals who are pursuing lifelong passions and interests through OLLI's non credit course offerings. OLLI courses tend to be on the "scholarly" side, offering academic challenge but without the tests and grades. OLLI members enjoy learning about the latest research and findings in a wide variety of fields. It is for this reason that the OLLI Scholar program was created. I have attached our spring 2016 Course Guide as an of the breadth and depth of courses offered by OLLI.

Here's the most important thing about this program: While OLLI Scholars do benefit from the design and delivery process which may enhance their resume, not to mention the pay, most report that the real pay-off is in teaching this particular population of highly engaged, well informed students who actively participate in class and ask great questions. A number of OLLI Scholars have returned to present a course or a single topic for no pay, just because they enjoyed their experience as an OLLI Scholar.

There are three steps in the OLLI application process:
1) Fill out a simple "Interest Form" which can be found on the OLLI Scholar website. HERE IS THE LINK TO THE INTEREST FORM.
2) Be prepared to have a conversation with an OLLI volunteer to further discuss their course idea.
3) Complete a longer, though still quite brief, Course Proposal which will be sent after the telephone conversation. The biggest challenge in completing the form is coming up with a short title and 75 word description.

If selected, the scholar must secure written permission from their adviser; OLLI supplies the form. The deadline for completing the Interest Form is May 20, 2016 but early applications are appreciated.