Welcome Current and Potential OLLI faculty
Interested in teaching a class or a workshop at OLLI at USM?

Information for all OLLI Instructors

Classes will be hold:

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday – morning and afternoon and Tuesday – afternoon

Workshops:

Fridays morning or all day

OLLI course proposal deadlines are approximate and are as follows:

  • Summer proposals due in February
  • Fall proposals in May
  • Winter proposals in September
  • Spring proposals in November

OLLI staff will send specific deadlines for course proposals in a timely email blast to all current and prospective OLLI faculty approximately six weeks before the deadline.

Please see the Course Proposal Forms listed under Faculty in the website main menu. Select the appropriate form for your teaching preference: in-person or remotely via Zoom.

OLLI staff will send specific deadlines for course proposals in a timely email blast to all current and prospective OLLI faculty approximately six weeks before the deadline.

OLLI Classes can be taught:

  • In-person on the USM Portland, usually in the Wishcamper center.
  • Remotely, using the online Zoom program.
  • We are also developing hybrid classes that allow online participants to join an in-person class.
  • Contact the OLLI Office to request your OLLI Faculty Handbook. Please specify if you are teaching IN-PERSON or REMOTELY.

Thank you for your interest in teaching at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).
OLLI’s mission is to provide an intellectually stimulating and varied curriculum and special activities for persons 50 years of age or older.

OLLI offers eight-week terms in the fall and spring and six-week terms in the winter and summer. Classes are two hours long and are held once a week, Monday through Friday. Workshops are also offered on Saturdays in the fall and spring and on Fridays in the winter and summer. Workshops can be two-hour sessions, all-day sessions, or a three-session, two-hour mini course.

All classes and workshops are held in the Wishcamper Center at the University of Southern Maine Portland Campus. You may submit proposals for any or all four terms we offer by clicking here and choosing the appropriate one.

OLLI is peer education at its best; all instructors at OLLI are volunteers. Recognizing the time and effort involved in teaching, OLLI’s Advisory Board established a number of privileges for the faculty:

  • Two free class certificates for each course taught; one certificate for each workshop.
  • An invitation to a special, annual luncheon to honor OLLI instructors
  • Free membership in OLLI for the teaching year
  • A gift of appreciation for course faculty.

USM supports OLLI by providing classroom space, audio/visual equipment, and technology support. An orientation meeting for faculty is usually held before each term. At this meeting, faculty receive detailed information about available support and protocols, as well as a Faculty Handbook.

If you have any questions, please contact the OLLI office by phone at 780-4406, or by e-mail at olliatusm@maine.edu.