If you're passionate about a topic, you are invited to share your talents by leading an OLLI-UA class (or study group, as we call them). There are a variety of ways to lead classes and social events both as an instructor and / or a facilitator/organizer.
Our teaching ranks include active and retired academics, graduate students, business leaders, doctors, lawyers, teachers, social workers, psychologists, and more - all with an amazing range of experience and backgrounds. You do not have to be a member to teach but we encourage you to join and explore our unique community of like minded learners.
Our unique learning community sets our program apart for many who lead classes. Members bring their diverse life experience to the classroom for an invigorating learning environment. It is learning for the simple joy of learning with no tests or grades.
Our 1,000+ OLLI-UA members are an important outreach constituency for the University and other community organizations.
We welcome outside proposals, as long as it is not for commercial or financial gain and offerings remain educational. When in doubt contact us here.
In memory of Dan Gilmore with the wishes of Dan and his family.
Our study groups tend to be highly interactive and discussion-oriented, rather than lecture-based.
Subject areas include history, arts, culture, crafts, cooking, health, self help, current events, literature, philosophy, spirituality, technology, science, math, social sciences, travel, entertainment and much more.
You can also facilitate events and outings. Dining out events and field trips (to local museums and parks, walking tours, community service projects etc.) can be submitted as options as well. We also offer ongoing special interest groups (SIGs) both in-person and online you can explore - maybe a book club, movie club, concert club, foodie club or more. Contact us here if you have a SIG in mind.
Considerations include, the term/session you would like to teach, teaching location and medium (online vs in-person), and class format structure to name a few.
Our Academic Year runs July 1 to June 30
We offer both in-person and online options for teaching. Each has its own benefits and considerations.
In-person at one of our campuses
Online using Zoom
Contact us here for best practices and questions about these kinds of offerings.
In developing a class there are a variety of styles to consider. A few include:
Contact us here if you would like input and assistance in developing a class idea. We have ways you can even pilot ideas.
“OLLI provides a superb link between outreach-minded academics and a refreshingly motivated audience. We learned from that first course to prepare differently... In particular, most of us were surprised by the number and type of questions asked. Guided discussion turned out to be a better format than a lecture series.” - Insights by SGLs from the Linguistics Department at the University of Arizona
If you have knowledge, skills, or a passion for a topic, you can submit a proposal to teach!Complete your course proposal by clicking the "Submit a Study Group Proposal" button below.
Submissions are considered as they come in. The sooner you apply, the better chance your requested schedule will be approved.
Central Tucson, Online, and Field Trips - 12 weeks (Jan. 23 to Apr. 14, 2023)
Green Valley and Southeast Tucson (Vail) Classes - 8 weeks (Feb. 6 to Mar. 31, 2023)