Our Deadline for Fall 2024 Proposals Passed on May 17

Our Spring 2025 semester will take place in February, March, and April, with non-credit courses being offered in person at each of our classroom locations as well as virtually through Zoom. Our partners at CC Young Senior Living in Dallas are able to livestream courses taught at their location. You can propose to teach in person, online, or both. 

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Our Proposal Process

All proposals received prior to the deadline will be reviewed by our Curriculum Committee (made up of OLLI at UNT members) and considered for inclusion in our upcoming semester. If your course is accepted, our staff will contact you to confirm a schedule and arrange logistics for your presentation.

To complete our proposal form, you will need to confirm the following information:

  • Your personal contact information, credentials, and a brief biography (1 - 3 sentences)
  • Your proposed course title (10 - 12 words), description (2 - 4 sentences), and length (90 minutes - 6 hours)
  • Your schedule availability and preferred classroom location(s)
  • Any special equipment/technology needs or other unique requests.
  • An OLLI at UNT instructor may attend courses during the semester they teach at no cost. To claim a complimentary membership, contact olli@unt.edu.
  • Anyone who teaches for OLLI at UNT will receive a letter of appreciation from our Senior Director. For current UNT professors, staff members, or graduate students, the letter will also be sent to their corresponding Dean and Chair.
  • Teaching for OLLI at UNT is a unique volunteer opportunity that is very valuable on a resume or CV.
  • Those who teach for OLLI at UNT are invited to our annual Faculty Appreciation events.
  • CC Young Stipend: Thanks to a generous financial contribution from CC Young, we are able to offer a $250 stipend to instructors who are selected to teach at their senior living facility in Dallas.
  • Provost's OLLI Faculty Award: UNT Provost Michael McPherson, who served as an early member of our program's advisory board, recognizes OLLI instructors who go above and beyond in offering dynamic learning experiences for our members. Each year, the Provost's office awards $500 to three instructors in recognition of their exceptional service to OLLI at UNT members.

How long do OLLI at UNT courses last? 
A single course session lasts for 90 minutes. Instructors should use that time to give a detailed and engaging lecture, saving 5-10 minutes for member questions. A course can consist of as many as four 90-minute sessions, with the presentation continuing from one session to the next. We aim to provide our members with educational activities that allow them to engage in a substantive way with important ideas and subject matter. Keeping in line with that mission, we encourage our instructors to consider teaching a multi-session course.

Who can teach an OLLI course?
Many who teach for OLLI at UNT are retired professors, but others are active faculty, subject matter experts, or area professionals who are interested in sharing their knowledge and experience with a community of senior learners. You can teach in your area of academic expertise, or you can offer courses in subjects of personal interest to you. Teaching for OLLI at UNT is done on a volunteer basis.

How do I know if my course is appropriate for OLLI? 
An ideal OLLI course is rigorously prepared, well organized, and presented by an expert on the subject. Our members are lifelong learners age 50 and better who enjoy deeply researched, engaging presentations that feed their curiosity. Instructors should provide definitions for key terms and jargon as members may not have a background in the subject being taught. OLLI courses should be solely intended to educate our members, not to facilitate financial gain of the instructor or of any other individuals or organizations, either directly or by increasing business or contribution opportunities. We also ask that all those who teach for OLLI at UNT observe our Faculty Guidelines.

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I'm always so impressed by the professionalism of the staff, the engagement of the OLLI members who come to our programming, and the opportunity that OLLI programming provides for me to flex some of my research skills and share information that I've collected about the Texas Fashion Collection with people who might not have access otherwise.
Annette BeckerDirector, Texas Fashion Collection
Provost's 2023 OLLI Faculty Awards
UNT Provost Michael McPherson recognized Annette Becker, Laura Evans, and Max Morley for their exceptional service to OLLI at UNT members.
Read About the 2023 Winners
Provost's 2022 OLLI Faculty Award
UNT History Associate Professor Andrew Torget was the inaugural recipient of the Provost's OLLI at UNT Faculty Award.
Read About Professor Torget's Award