Thank You For Your Interest in Teaching

Our classes and extensive lecture programs (Brown Bag Lectures and Granite Hill Lectures) are made possible by a dedicated “faculty of peers”. Senior College is built on this foundation of instructors who know and love a subject, skill, art, or craft and enthusiastically share their knowledge and talent.

We endeavor to create a curriculum  that matches the interests of Senior College students and matches the standards of our sponsor, UMA. The senior in our name refers to our general competence and maturity. We already know how to learn and have well developed, easy going, social skills. We like school. You’ll likely like teaching here.

The form below will help us learn about the class you are proposing and how we can help make it a success. For the Spring 2020 Semester which begins March 16, 2020, forms are due November 22, 2019.

What happens next?

If you are a first time instructor, we will arrange for an in-person interview where we can answer your questions and discuss your proposal. Our conversation, plus the information on your form, will help us know how we can help with publicity – catalog, web, and word of mouth, and what help you might want in teaching, anything from being left alone to a mentor assisting in your classroom.

  • There are two semesters - Spring (starts mid-March) and Fall (starts mid-September) - about 25 to 30 classes per semester.
  • Classes are typically 2 hours long and run 8 weeks.
  • Not including our Jewett Concert series, we produce about 25 lecture and forum events per year, in addition to classes.
  • Brown Bag lectures are held Tuesdays at noon,  in January and February. The topics and lecturers vary.
  • The Granite Hill Lecture Series is a regular course lasting for 8 weeks that is taught by 8 different instructors.
  • Classroom facilities include white boards, overhead projectors, computers, etc. You can usually set up a video or powerpoint presentation on your laptop or thumbdrive, and project it.
  • Up to $25 per student is allocated for books and materials.

The points above describe what we have done historically. Don’t hesitate to ask about something different.  In particular, although we serve retired seniors well, we believe our classes are not easily available to those still working.  We are currently looking to inaugurate Saturday classes and evening classes. 

To add to or edit an existing proposal, enter you name, email, and phone. Fill in other fields with the word “same”. We will combine your proposals.

  • Everything above this line is mandatory. It will be used to open a file for your proposal and help us know how many classes to expect.
    RETURNING INSTRUCTORS: Please fill out the information above this line as soon as possible. The remaining information is needed by November 22. It can be added in a separate application.
    NEW INSTRUCTORS: Please fill out the remainder of the form as much you can. Your answers may be edited later. Some of the questions may not make sense until after we talk. Note that you can also “Save and Continue”. Doing so will give you a link that lets you come back to the form later, but does not submit it to us.

    Especially for new instructors, if your Short Course Description entered above did not cover the 3 points listed below, please further describe your class in the Detailed Course Description box which follows. This will help us better understand your course and background.
    1. What is your class about? What skill, knowledge, or understanding will students gain?
    2. To help students understand your interests and what you will be teaching, tell us about your own related experience, training, or study.
    3. Please include a biographical paragraph.
  • In addition to the Short Course Description above, this box will help with publicity, especially on the web, where we can present a more complete description of your class than the limited space of the printed catalog allows.
  • Instead of filling out the class description above, you may also send files you already have on your own computer by clicking "Select Files". You are not limited to one file. You can send a resume, tentative syllabus, whatever.
    Please also upload a photo of yourself, either a headshot or something we can edit to a a headshot, if we do not have one from a previous class.
    Drop files here or
  • What do you envision to be the minimum and maximum class enrollment?
  • Use the box below to list the text (include ISBN#) and materials that you would like to use. (Limit $25 per student.)
    Also use this box to communicate any additional information, comments, questions, or requests.
  • Thank you.
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