Share your knowledge with active adults eager to learn!

we-love-our-instructorsOLLI at UVa is always seeking new instructors to teach day or evening courses in a wide variety of subjects, including art, health, history, current events, international affairs, environmental/nature, government and politics, philosophy, science, and just about any other topic imaginable.  Instructors teach in Charlottesville, Staunton, and Nellysford.

At OLLI there are no grades, no credit, no tests–just the pleasure of sharing your knowledge and experience with those who greatly appreciate that gift.

All OLLI courses are taught by talented volunteers.  Many are retired university professors, but some are self-taught experts who are passionate about their subject matter. The curriculum committee is always looking for creative, dedicated instructors to teach new courses and expand on the breadth of topics offered by OLLI.

OLLI offers instructors an opportunity to teach adult learners who have a passion for learning and an overall curiosity. These unique students truly appreciate their courses and the expertise of those who teach them.

  • Course scheduling is flexible, but typically a course meets once per week for three to six weeks with 90 minutes per class. Classes are offered primarily during the day, but can be offered in the evening as well. OLLI has two semesters per year: fall (Sept. – Dec.) and spring (Feb. – June) which are split into a session A and session B. Read current course descriptions here.

OLLI is predominately a volunteer organization and while we’re not able to provide financial compensation to our instructors, they are offered free tuition for two semesters – the one in which they teach and the following one, as well as being able to take advantage of member-only happy hours, Special Presentations, and outings. In addition, instructor spouses/partners pay just the membership fee and then can take courses free of charge during the same time period.

OLLI’s Curriculum Committee reserves the right to select or reject courses based on the needs of the program and interests of its members. The Curriculum Committee is composed of OLLI members who have volunteered their time to establish a diverse and appealing course curriculum for OLLI members.

Propose a Course

If you would like to join our faculty and teach a new course, please download and fill out the Course Proposal form below:

Course Proposal Form (doc)

You may email the completed Course Proposal to The form can also be mailed to OLLI at UVa at 485 Hillsdale Drive, Suite 114, Charlottesville, VA 22901

If you have any questions about the Course Proposal form or would like to discuss course ideas, please contact the OLLI office by email at or by phone at 434-923-3600 or 877-861-9207 (toll free).

Your proposal will be reviewed by the Curriculum Committee, and a member of the committee or OLLI staff will be in contact with you regarding the details of your proposed course. Please note that the course is not accepted into the curriculum until it has been approved by the Curriculum Committee.

Course proposal submission deadlines:

Fall semester – March 1st deadline                                                                                            Spring semester – September 1st deadline

**Shortly before each session begins, OLLI at UVa holds a required 90-minute workshop for new instructors. This workshop gives additional information about OLLI, our unique population and how it relates to the classroom, support we will provide instructors, and introduces instructors to some of the OLLI staff and volunteers.**

OLLI Non-Solicitation Policy

As a volunteer organization, OLLI at UVa greatly appreciates the generous donation of time and talent by our instructors and respects their right to academic freedom in preparing their courses. OLLI courses are intended to be learning experiences for our members, offered for the sake of expanding their horizons. Courses are not intended to be commercial or client recruiting opportunities for business products and services.

Thank you so much for your interest in OLLI at UVa, and we look forward to seeing your ideas for a proposed OLLI course!