Become an Instructor

People become instructors for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Western Michigan University for a number of reasons. Perhaps they were once teachers or professors and miss being in front of the classroom. Or maybe they have had an interesting career or family life and want to share some of what they know with the community. Whatever the reason, the Institute is always interested in new instructors bringing new learning opportunities.

To become an instructor, simply fill out the online Course Proposal Form below. The form requires information about you, about the content of the course you’d like to teach, and operational details about the course (recommended class size, location, room requirements, etc.).

Course Proposal Form questions include:

  • Contact Information (Name, address, phone, email)
  • An instructor bio (limit 75 words)
    • This will be used in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute catalog to introduce you to our members. Please include educational background, teaching experience, special training or qualifications in the subject area to be taught
  • Your semester preference (please note any deadlines for submission)
  • A proposed course title (please make it as catchy, imaginative and humorous as possible)
  • A detailed course description (limit 100 words)
    • This will also be used in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute catalog. Please include what a participant may expect from the course experience
  • Whether you will be having a guest speaker
  • Any handouts you may anticipate using (please note the maximum of 150 pages)
  • Your recommended class size with a minimum and maximum capacity number
  • Your room set-up preference
    • Classroom, lecture or either
  • Any and all technology needs
  • Your schedule preference (days, times number of sessions and any dates you would prefer)
  • Whether you will need a parking permit (please note you will need your license plate number if a permit is needed)

Note: The form must be completely filled out before you submit, and you cannot save a partially completed form for later use. Please review the form before you begin to fill it out to ensure that you have all appropriate information at hand.

Fill out course proposal form online

If you prefer, you can complete the printable form. If you have any questions about the form, contact the Institute.