OLLI instructor

Do you have talent, skills, or knowledge to share? Consider teaching for OLLI!

All of our instructors are volunteers. We have many repeat instructors who frequently tell us how wonderful it is to teach people who are so interested in learning and who have such rich life experiences. In addition to our gratitude, instructors who teach a class meeting 3 or more times receive a complimentary membership and free unlimited classes for one term. A typical class meets once a week for 4 weeks for 75 minutes each meeting. Most of our classes meet during the day, but we offer a few early evening classes.

We offer classes in a wide range of subjects. Recent topics have included knitting, drawing, creating podcasts, reading Homer's The Odyssey, knot tying, weight loss, the Korean War, strategy games, chord construction, swing dance, women's suffrage, genetic engineering, and Chinese culture. If you have an idea, talk to us!

To propose a class, fill out the course proposal form or give our office a call. We're happy to walk you through the process. 

Do you want to teach for OLLI but you're not quite sure how to organize and run a class? Periodically, OLLI will offer a free class on Becoming an OLLI Instructor. This course will take your from your idea all the way to submitting a course proposal. Develop your ideas and learn about the unique needs of OLLI members, tips from other instructors, and how to work with staff.

 Questions? Please call the OLLI office at (907) 474-6607.

Thank you!



Fall 2022 Session Dates:

Session I: Sept. 12 - Oct. 7

Session I Add On: Oct. 10 - 14

Session II: Oct. 17 - Nov. 11

Session II Add On: Nov. 14 - 18


Holiday Closures:

Independence Day: Mon-Tue July 4, 5

Labor Day: Monday, September 5

Thanksgiving: Wed - Fri, Nov. 23 - 27

Winter closure: Mon - Fri,  Dec. 19 - 31




Most of our classes are held in the Old UPark elementary school. OLLI classrooms are smart classrooms that have PC computers, projectors, and DVD players. Instructors commonly bring in presentations on flash drives. If you're a Mac user, we have many of the common dongle connectors in the OLLI office, although it's always a good idea to test your connection in advance or bring in a backup option, such as files on a flash drive. Please note that the classroom computers do not run Keynote. The classrooms are connected to the internet. If you'd like a tech tutorial or want to test your technology in advance of your class, please contact the OLLI office.

We also can reserve space in the gym or computer lab (PC computers). Occasionally classes are held elsewhere on the UAF campus or meet somewhere else entirely. If you have a particular need for your class, ask the staff! We'll do our best to accommodate you, whether you need a sink, a piece of tech equipment, or simply a wide open space.
While many of our instructors are current or former professors at UAF, you do not need an academic degree in order to teach for OLLI. Our instructors have a passion to share their expertise, whether it be  juggling, knitting, or genetic engineering.
All of our instructors are volunteers. In addition to our gratitude, instructors who teach a class meeting 3 or more times receive a complimentary membership and unlimited free classes and a parking permit for one term. "Lecturers" (those who teach a class that meets once or twice, or who assist someone else in teaching), may take one free class.