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OLLI Teaching Opportunities

All of us have accumulated a significant store of knowledge and skills in our professional lives and our avocations. Consider passing on some of your knowledge and skills to others in an OLLI course.

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Join us and share your knowledge with active adults eager to learn!

OLLI at UVa is seeking new instructors to teach day or evening courses in a wide variety of subjects in Charlottesville, Staunton, and Nellysford.

Aware that an active mind is as necessary to a full life as are social relationships and physical exercise, OLLI at UVa was created 17 years ago as the Jefferson Institute for Lifelong Learning, JILL. The University of Virginia gave JILL a start-up grant in 2005 and the organization became a University related foundation. Later, as interest and participation grew, JILL received two grants from the Bernard Osher Foundation, and changed its name to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Virginia, OLLI at UVa.

JILL began with 17 courses and 98 registrants and this past year OLLI at UVa had 169 courses and over 1900 registrants!

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. 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, courses meet 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).

OLLI at UVa is a 501c3 nonprofit that relies on volunteers, membership and course fees, fundraising and an annual disbursement from the Osher Endowment to fund the annual operational budget. OLLI courses are taught by talented volunteers. Many are retired university professors and some are self-taught experts who are passionate about their subject matter. Instructors are offered free tuition for two semesters – the one in which they teach and the following one. In addition, instructor spouses/partners pay just the membership fee and then can take courses free of charge during the same time period.

For more information, please visit OLLI’s website:


or call Lesley Diaz, Program Coordinator, at 434.923.3600.

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