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Study Leaders - Guidelines and Information on Course Proposals and Teaching

The popularity and growth of Osher at Carnegie Mellon are because of the commitment, enthusiasm and talents of our Study Leaders. Study Leaders volunteer of their time in preparing and educating an engaged group of lifelong learners.

If you are interested in teaching a class for the Fall 2014 term, there are two options for submitting a course proposal: hardcopy or by email.

  • A MS-Word or Adobe-PDF form may be download, printed and mailed to the office: Study Leader Course Proposal Form ([doc] or [pdf]), which also includes instructions.
  • This digital version may be downloaded, edited in MS-Word, and returned by emailed: F14 Course Proposal [doc]. It may be returned as an attachment to email using "File" -> "Save & Send" to Otherwise, save the proposal to your harddrive, open your email, attach the saved proposal, and send the email to

Completed forms are due to the Osher office by April 18, 2014. We will send an email acknowledgement when we receive your course proposal form. Study leaders who are not members and their significant other will be invited to membership upon completion of their first course.

Dates for the Fall 2014 term classes:

  • First session:     September 8 - October 17
  • Second session: November 3 - December 12

Who are our Study Leaders?

Study Leaders are volunteers who come from various ways of life. They bring many different talents based upon their life experience. Some present classes based upon many years of professional or business experience; others from upon hobbies or avocations that have provided them with memorable skills over the years. A few Study Leaders simply coordinate their classes and have different speakers each week.

Our students are extremely interested in continuing their education. They have a lot of intellectual and physical energy, and participate in classes enthusiastically. Study Leaders find teaching them a very rewarding experience.