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Information for Instructors

If you are interested in teaching for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and have never taught with us before, please contact the office at (757) 221-1506. 

Instructors Please Note:
  •  Remember You Must Register for Classes You Would Like to Attend!

The course catalog is available here.  If you are teaching a minimum of 6 hours this semester, you are eligible for an honorary membership during the semester you are teaching or the semester following.  This gives you the privilege of a regular membership without paying the membership fee, and includes an Osher parking permit.  Classes fill up quickly so we would suggest you register online as soon as possible when the registration period opens (mid November for spring and mid July for fall).  You may also register by mail - print out the registration form from the website, fill it out indicating honorary membership if you are eligible, and mail it to us.  Registrations are processed on a first-come first-served basis.   

  • Do You Have an Outline or Handouts for the Class You're Teaching?

Osher at W&M does not provide photocopying services to members or instructors. As a courtesy, class handouts (if applicable) are emailed to members.

Please provide your class materials at least 5 business days in advance of your course to allow sufficient time for emailing to the class roster.


  • Thinking About Sharing Your Interest, Expertise, or Hobby as an Instructor? 

There is a special session for people considering becoming an Osher Instructor on Thursday, September 14, at 1:30-3:30 pm. Call the Osher office (757-221-1506) for information if you are interested in attending.

        Osher Wants YOU: Be an Instructor for Osher at W&M
        If you’ve thought about teaching an Osher class but wonder what is involved or
        how to proceed, then this class is for you. In this two-hour session, a panel of
        veteran Osher instructors will answer your questions and explain how to get started.
        These colleagues will guide you through the process of becoming an instructor and
        proposing a course. They will provide insight about the kinds of courses our members
        like and the best teaching methods for adult learners. They will help you figure out
        how to organize, deliver, and present your course. And, if you are interested, these
        instructors will work with you as you propose your first course and prepare to teach.
        Everyone has a special area of interest, hobby, and experience. Consider sharing
        yours with Osher at W&M members. You’ll wonder why you waited so long!

  • New Instructor Orientation 

Orientation is offered to new instructors. The presentation will include background information about Osher and how it is organized, how we assist you with your teaching assignment, and important timelines you need to be aware of as the semester gets underway. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and meet our staff, our curriculum groups, and other new and veteran instructors. Excellent instructors are a critical element of our widely admired program. We want your experience with us to be a good one, and we urge you to attend this important session. New Instructor Orientation is held 1-2 weeks before classes begin.  

  • Audio-Visual Training

Instructors must become familiar with the equipment in their classroom.  Training is scheduled 1-2 weeks before classes begin.  The exact location and time will be emailed when information is available.

  • Instructor Parking

If you will be teaching at the School of Ed, you will need a W&M Osher parking hang tag. If you are teaching elsewhere on campus, you will need a day pass for the days you are teaching at Campus Center or Tucker Hall. Contact us at (757) 221-1506 with questions or to secure a parking permit.