Teaching for OLLI-UHM
Just as our members attend classes for the pleasure of it, our faculty often teach for the sheer joy of sharing their expertise and enthusiasm for a topic. There are no tests to prepare or papers to grade, just teaching and holding discussions with interested and engaged students. Instructors represent a broad range of formal education and life experience, including active and retired educators, skilled artists, and sophisticated enthusiasts, as well as community members who are experts in a particular subject. Some members teach in areas entirely different than their professional expertise, as they expand their knowledge base with post-retirement passions. Members may be students in one class and instructor or facilitator in another. OLLI classes have no grades, and the most successful classes are those which are interactive and which respect and include the life experience of the members.
OLLI-UHM Course Proposal
Please familiarize yourself with all the questions before entering your answers. You will be asked to provide an official course description (150-word limit) and biography (50-word limit) and other information about your proposed course. To complete the form easily, please have your course title, description, and biography readily available before you access the link. Though OLLI-UHM courses typically run 4, 6, or 8 weeks, we are open to modifying course lengths to accommodate your needs. Courses start throughout the semester.
Until recently OLLI-UHM classes were taught primarily on a volunteer basis. We now offer instructors a modest honorarium of $50 per week* (some areas may warrant a slightly higher rate) in acknowledgement of their contribution of knowledge, time, and talent to OLLI. Instructors are not employed by nor remunerated by the University of Hawaii. OLLI-UH Honoraria are processed through the UH Foundation. We also greatly appreciate instructors who teach on a volunteer basis, contributing to the sustainability of OLLI-UHM. Reimbursement for pre-approved class material expenses may be possible upon consultation with the director. UH system employees are not eligible for direct monetary compensation.