Course Proposal Form

Thank you for your interest in teaching for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Western Michigan University. The purpose of OLLI at WMU is to provide intellectual and cultural learning experiences for adults in an informal and stimulating environment. This form provides the information WMU's staff and OLLI at WMU's Curriculum Committee need to plan and schedule the program.

Proposal information will be reviewed by the OLLI at WMU's Curriculum Committee. You will be notified of the decision once all proposals have been reviewed following the course proposal due date.

An answer is required for all questions that are indicated with a red * please fill in an answer even if that is “none”, “n/a”, “on file”, etc.

Submission Proposal Deadlines:

  • Fall - (Sept. - Nov.) Last day for submission - April 1
  • Winter/Spring - (Feb. - April) Last day for submission - Sept. 1
  • Summer - (June-July) Last day for submission - Feb. 1
Primary Instructor Contact Information
Will any additional instructors be teaching during the course?
Additional Instructor Contact Information
Please make it descriptive, appealing, and concise.
Your course description will be used in the course catalog. Include what a participant can expect from the course experience. We may edit descriptions if necessary and will make every effort to communicate substantive changes to you.
Your bio will be used in the course catalog to introduce you to our learners. Include educational background, teaching experience, special training or qualifications in the subject area to be taught and any other relevant information. We may edit descriptions if necessary and will make every effort to communicate substantive changes to you.
Will any guest speakers be invited to present during the course?
Please list the names of all guest speakers, one name per line.
Indicate any special room requirements, such as carpet, no carpet, that will assist in the selection of a venue. NOTE: Room setup is not provided by the venue.
If your presentation will include media, such as a PowerPoint, music or video, please refer to page six of the instructor handbook at the bottom of the "Become an Instructor" tab on the OLLI at WMU website for guidelines. Presentation development assistance is available upon request. Please indicate below if you would like to be contacted following the acceptance of your course proposal to schedule an appointment for this assistance.
Check all that apply. We will make every attempt to accommodate requests, but supplies are limited.
Will you need any support or training with any of the above technology for your course if you are assigned a room in Walden Woods or the College of Health and Human Services? (Other venues provide their own support.)
If copies are to be produced by the office, they are limited to 500 pages per course and require submission two weeks before the course start date. If other instructional materials are needed, such as books, tickets for a performance or other items that registrants should bring to the course, e.g. laptops, photos etc., please list them and any anticipated costs to the participant. If the items must be purchased, please provide information on where they can be obtained. This information will be included in the course catalog.
Sessions and Dates
OLLI at WMU courses are limited to one session per week.
Meeting Schedule Preferences
Courses are normally scheduled to meet in two hour time blocks, once per week. For example, Mon. 9 - 11 a.m., Thurs. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., but may be a different time e.g. 10 a.m. - 12 noon, 5 -7 p.m. etc., if needed. Provide your top three preferences for days and times you would like to teach your course:
Please provide the name of the person who contacted you:
If your course is assigned to a room in a Western Michigan University building, will you need a parking permit? Answer "no" if you already have a WMU permit or a handicap permit.
Please provide your license plate number. If your license plate is from a state other than Michigan, please indicate below, e.g. "WMU 1903 (Florida)"

Printing instructions

To print this completed form, hit CTRL+P on your keyboard for a Windows computer, or COMMAND(⌘)+ P on Apple computers.

Please direct questions to:

Joyce Dekau
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5230 USA
Phone: (269) 387-4200
Fax: (269) 387-4127
Campus site: 3202 Ellsworth Hall

To submit the form, click the SUBMIT button above.