Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Cal State East Bay invites Course Proposals throughout the academic year. Program scheduling takes place up to six months before the program delivery date.

We are seeking course proposals in the following subject areas:

  • World Cultures
  • Writing
  • Literature
  • Arts
  • Sciences
  • Contemporary Issues/Popular Culture
  • Social & Political History

Terms for the OLLI Program

  • Fall – mid-September through mid-December
  • Winter – mid-January through April
  • Spring/Summer – mid-May through August

OLLI courses are three to six weeks in length, and are offered in three regular time slots: 10–12 & 1–3 PST, (In-person) on the Concord Center of Cal State, East Bay, and 3–5 PST (Online). Please note that by arrangement, we may also be able to offer courses at one other Online time slot 10–12 PST.

Start dates are flexible.  The Concord Center is open Monday through Thursday. (Typically there are no classes on University breaks and holidays.)

OLLI brings together experienced and engaging professionals/experts in their field with a vibrant group of learners for courses and or lectures in two possible formats—

A single lecture = (90 minutes) at the Concord Center

A course = 2 hour sessions meeting once a week for a 3 to 6 week period at the Concord Center or via Zoom

Submission dates for the above terms

  • Fall – Accepting proposals through June
  • Winter – Accepting proposals through September
  • Spring/Summer – Accepting proposals through January

Courses have no homework or tests, and the most successful courses are those which are interactive, unique and offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the subject matter.

Course selection is based upon the following criteria

  • The offering is academic in nature
  • The course is not already well-served in the community
  • The course explores a topic that is of interest to OLLI membership

Instructor stipend for a course = $125 per course hour
Instructor stipend for a one- time 90 minute lecture = $190

If you would like to share your expertise and time with us, we’d love to hear from you.  Submit initial proposals below and future proposals as a PDF email attachment to olli@csueastbay.edu.

Note that all fields with * are required to submit your proposal.  If you do not get a confirmation message, please double check that you have completed all required fields.  If you are unsure how to answer a question please provide an answer that is most appropriate and tell us more in the comments section.  We look forward to receiving your proposal.  Thank you.

  • OLLI "Good Neighbor" Policy

    As we are one of a number of area OLLI programs we ask instructors to teach content, with us, that is significantly different from that which they are offering to neighboring OLLI programs or offer the same content at significantly different times of the year.  By doing this you help ensure solid enrollment numbers in each of your courses, reduce participant confusion and maintain the OLLI "Good Neighbor" policy. If you have or plan to teach your proposed course at another local OLLI, please indicate which OLLI and when in the comment section. Thank you.
  • I have read and understand the OLLI "Good Neighbor" Policy.
  • (1.5 hours, 1 day, 4-5 weeks in 2 hour sessions, etc.)
  • Use a simple outline form of the topics and subtopics that will be taught in the course.
    Special equipment required is subject to availability at each facility.
  • If yes, please list and estimate the cost or your request.
  • Max. file size: 256 MB.
  • Note that all fields with * are required to submit your proposal.  If you do not get a confirmation message, please double check that you have completed all required fields