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Study Leader Information

Course Proposal Guide

Submitting Course Proposals

In order to help you prepare your course proposal, please reference the blank course proposal form (located to the right). This will give you an understanding of all the information that will needed to be provided.

Click here to submit a course proposal.

Documents and Guides for Study Leaders

Blank Course Proposal Form - view the blank form before submitting your course so you know all the information to provide.

Guide to Equipment - a visual guide to equipment available for use in class.

Sample Course Descriptions - two examples of course descriptions and study leader biographies.

Short Checklist for Proposals - a great resource to help you prepare to submit a course proposal!

Study Leader Handbook - an overview of all the OSHER@Dartmouth procedures and how you, as a Study Leader, can prepare and lead a course.

Discover Your OSHER@Dartmouth Teaching Style Course - a brief intro to teaching an OSHER@Dartmouth course. Check our course catalog for our official "Discover Your Teach Style" class!

We're Looking for Study Leaders

OSHER@Dartmouth courses are led by dedicated volunteers who have passion for and knowledge of a subject and want to share that passion with others. Without our dedicated instructors, OSHER@Dartmouth would not exist. Please consider offering a course during any of our four terms, either on your favorite subject, or one of the subjects listed below.

We have a team of volunteers serving on our Study Leader Support committee who offer training, advice, and guidance. You are never alone, from the first steps of assembling your course proposal to the final class session. Mentors are available for new leaders, and experienced leaders can discuss ideas with their peers.

Benefits of Being an OSHER@Dartmouth Study Leader:

  • Access to all Dartmouth College libraries and borrowing privileges
  • Receiving a voucher to take a free course with OSHER@Dartmouth for leading a course
  • Free training exclusively for Study Leaders various times throughout the year
  • Work with a supportive staff that will assist during preparation of your course and throughout the course
  • Mentors and seasoned Study Leaders available to assist offer advice
  • Curriculum Committee available to assist with designing course descriptions for catalog
  • Special recognition

OSHER@Dartmouth members have requested courses on the following subjects:

  • Fly Fishing (best for spring or summer terms)
  • Working with Clay
  • How to Play Chess
  • How to Play Bridge
  • Juggling for Beginners
  • Cooking for One or Two
  • Birding
  • Walking Group
  • Native American Studies
  • Review of Updike
  • Regional Authors
  • T.S. Eliot
  • Reading the Constitution
  • The Case for Single Payer Health Insurance
  • NH/VT Geology
  • Journalism - It's Not Fake News
  • First Aid
  • One Term Presidents - How did the become so.
  • History of Korea
  • Supreme Court "Blunders" and Outcomes
  • Knitting
  • Crocheting
  • Creating Collages
  • Life and Music of Leonard Cohen
  • How to Play Guitar
  • Doing Business in China
  • Conversational French
  • Conversational German
  • Music of Broadway Theatre
  • Irving Berlin's Music
  • Movies Based on Grand Thefts
  • Anthropology
  • Vietnam
  • Putin and Russia
  • China
  • North Korea
  • Iran
  • U.S. Politics 1930s and 1940s
  • Science
  • Famous Art Forgeries/Art Theft
  • Shakers of Enfield, NH
  • Russian "Greats"
  • Health
  • Thorny Conversations
  • Chemistry

Course Terms:

Winter 2018: January 15 - March 12, 2018

Spring 2018: March 26 - May 18, 2018
Registration Opens: February 7

Summer 2018: June 4 - August 10, 2018
Course proposals due: January 31, 2018

Fall 2018: September 17 - November 16, 2018
Course proposals due: May 1, 2018

Winter 2019: January 14 - March 15, 2019
Course proposals due: September 5, 2018

Spring 2019: March 25 - May 24, 2019
Course Proposals due: November 1, 2018

Summer 2019: June 10 - August 9, 2019
Course proposals due: January 31, 2019

Fall 2019: September 16 - November 15, 2019
Course proposals due: May 1, 2019

Want to be an OSHER@Dartmouth Study Leader?
We're looking for YOU!

E-mail for information!

      • Do you have passion for a subject?
      • Are you interested in leading a course?
      • Do you know of someone else that would be interested in teaching?
      • Are you enthusiastic about a subject and would love to share it, but aren't sure about teaching?
      • Have you considered team teaching?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are in the right place!

Study leaders

We are always looking for interesting people who have something interesting to talk about and share with their peers. Never taught before? We can help. Our Study Leader Support Committee will help you frame and prepare your course.

If you have any questions, please contact or call (603) 646-0154.

If you are thinking about offering an OSHER@Dartmouth course and need some guidance, please consider taking "Discovering Your Osher Teaching Style" offered free by members of the Study Leader Support Committee each fall.

Weather Conditions

To help your decision on whether or not to hold class, the following resources provide information on the local region.

WMUR ( is a NH television station that provides both weather and cancellation/delay notices for local school districts.

WCAX ( is a VT television station that provides both weather and cancellation/delay notices for local school districts.

If Hanover school districts ( cancel school, travel into Hanover may still be possible, but tricky.

If the town of Hanover ( has any concerns over travel, they will likely share it on their website.

Dartmouth College ( rarely cancels classes or shuts down due to weather, but if the College shuts down for the day, on-campus classrooms may not be available.


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Monday – Thursday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM • Fridays: 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM • (603) 646-0154


Last Updated: 1/23/18