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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute CLA Teaching Fellows

The University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offers stipends to eligible graduate students enrolled in programs housed in the College of Liberal Arts. Selected graduate students develop and lead short 6 or 8-week courses during the institute's fall, winter, or spring terms.

What is the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute?

OLLI is a membership-based learning community of older adults who attend seminars, talks, and other events organized by the institute throughout the year. Most OLLI instructors are volunteers chosen from academics to retired CEOs, writers or community organizers.

In an effort to encourage CLA graduate student involvement with OLLI, the institute is this year offering a $1000 honorarium to CLA graduate students selected as OLLI course leaders.

OLLI classes meet once a week for six or eight weeks and typically consist of a mix of lecture and discussion format. There are no tests and required readings are minimal. OLLI participants are typically highly motivated and well-educated older adults, and instructors should expect a high level of engagement from OLLI participants.

Visit the OLLI website for information about the institute and to learn more about unique challenges and rewards of teaching an OLLI course. Teaching an OLLI course can provide a unique learning and professional development opportunity for graduate students that is distinctly different from what you have encountered as a graduate instructor in the undergraduate classroom.

Application Process

Fill out the application form (doc) for CLA graduate students. Contact the institute's director, Steve Benson, 612-624-7847, with any questions you may have about this program. The deadline for applications is in the spring.



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