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Study Leader Information

Course Proposal Guide

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.

Click here to submit a course proposal.

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
  • Advanced Genealogy
  • Knitting
  • Crocheting
  • Creating Collages
  • Life and Music of Paul Simon
  • 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
  • Archeaology
  • Vietnam
  • Putin and Russia
  • China
  • North Korea
  • Iran
  • U.S. Politics 1930s and 1940s
  • Science
  • World War I
  • Famous Art Forgeries/Art Theft
  • Shakers of Enfield, NH
  • Russian "Greats"
  • Health
  • Thorny Conversations
  • Chemistry

Submitting Course Proposals

In order to help you prepare your course proposal, our office staff has compiled a guide to filling out an online course proposal (located to the right). Please use this guide as a reference only.

Click here to submit a course proposal.

Course Terms:

Winter 2018

Term dates: January 15 - March 9, 2018

Spring 2018

Term dates: March 26 - May 17, 2018
Course proposals due: October 20, 2017

Summer 2018

Term dates: June 4 - August 10, 2018
Course proposals due: January 15, 2018

Fall 2018

Term dates: September 17 - November 16, 2018
Course proposals due: April 15, 2018

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 look through the OSHER@Dartmouth Study Leader Handbook (pdf) and consider taking "Discovering Your Osher Teaching Style" offered free by members of the Study Leader Support Committee each fall.

Documents and Guides for Study Leaders

Catalog Consistency Guidelines - a writing resource, most helpful when citing references in a document.

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!

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!

Using a Phone Tree

Should you need to cancel a class due to weather or unexpected personal circumstances, a phone tree is a reliable method of making sure that everyone in your class receives notice of the cancellation. This can be especially handy if some class members do not have email addresses. There are several variations on the phone tree, but the following method is quite easy.

In this example, our Study Leader is Parker, and there are five participants in Parker's class: Alice, Ben, Charles, Diane, and Ed.

  1. Parker, the Study Leader, calls Alice, who is the first person on the roster. When Alice answers her phone, Parker tells her that class is cancelled.
  2. After hanging up, Alice calls Ben, who is the next person on the roster. She gives him the news.
  3. After hanging up, Ben calls Charles, but Charles doesn't pick up. Ben leaves a message for Charles, but he needs to make sure the phone tree continues. He looks at his roster and sees that Diane is next on the list. Ben calls Diane. She picks up and Ben gives her the news.
  4. After hanging up, Diane calls Ed and gives him the news.
  5. After Ed hangs up, he calls the Study Leader, Parker, to confirm that the phone tree is complete.

This method insures that every member of the class speaks directly to another class member, while still leaving voice messages for those they do not speak to directly. Each person should keep the call short and sweet to make sure that everyone on the roster hears about the cancellation in a timely manner. Class members who receive a voice message are not required to call anyone else, as it's understood that the person who called them will call the next person on the roster.

No matter how you pass along word of a cancelled class, please remember to share this info with the OSHER@Dartmouth office!

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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Last Updated: 10/10/17