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OLLI seeks new teachers to expand course offerings

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Southern Oregon University is inviting community members to join its volunteer teaching faculty for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

Through a diverse program of 100+ peer-taught courses each quarter (fall, winter and spring), OLLI at SOU provides important mental stimulation and social connection for 1,700 Rogue Valley adults aged 55 and older. 

The ever-changing faculty and course variety is at the heart of the OLLI experience. Through a balanced mix of new and returning instructors, OLLI encourages a variety of teaching styles and formats. Course offerings include lively academic lectures; facilitated discussions of art, books or films; hands-on skills development; and informational field trips. To see OLLI’s current course descriptions, visit www.sou.edu/olli/courses/current.html.

OLLI instructors do not need to be OLLI members, hold a particular degree, or have prior teaching experience. The organization also offers support and training for new and returning instructors, including in-house IT support for classroom equipment. 

Most OLLI classes last 90-120 minutes and meet weekly for two to 10 weeks. There are no pop quizzes, tests or papers to read or grade. OLLI classes can be scheduled at the SOU campus in Ashland, the Higher Education Center in Medford, and other satellite locations. 

Course proposals for the fall term are due Tuesday, May 31. Course proposals for winter and summer terms are due Aug. 31 and Dec. 31, respectively. For more information about teaching at OLLI, visit www.sou.edu/olli/teach/index.html or call 541-552-6048.

-Local report