SDSU Research Foundation

  • Osher Instructor (Pool)

    Req No.
    Dept/Proj Name
    College of Extended Studies (CES)
  • Overview

    The mission of the College of Extended Studies (CES) at San Diego State University is “To be a global leader in delivering innovative educational experiences to professional and non-traditional learners, expanding opportunity and transforming lives. Our programs and technologies are ever-evolving to meet ever-changing needs; our high level of service and support is a constant.” CES serves as a principal University liaison with the greater San Diego community and provides a wide variety of traditional and nontraditional, credit and noncredit educational experiences designed to fit the lifestyle and expectations of working adults and other lifelong learners. In addition, CES provides a range of academic and special programs for individuals and groups at various times, in various locations, and via various modalities, including technology-based programs -- throughout the year. CES’s primary audiences include workforce, military, working adults and international constituencies.


    The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Diego State University (Osher at SDSU) is one of 123 unique Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes supported by The Bernard Osher Foundation. The Osher at SDSU offers a vibrant and diverse learning community for adults age 50 and better, with intellectually stimulating, university-quality courses, and engaging leadership and volunteer opportunities. Established in 2004, Osher at SDSU is operated by staff from SDSU's College of Extended Studies with support from the Osher advisory board, leadership committees, members, and instructors.   


    Osher Instructors prepare and present current, relevant and engaging university-quality courses/lectures/programs for adults ages 50 and better, which are intellectually stimulating yet also approachable to non-subject matter experts.   


    All prospective instructors must submit a course proposal form for each proposed course in addition to completing this application. Course proposal forms will be emailed to you by the Osher Institute staff. 


    After reviewing your proposal and application, a member from the Osher Institute Curriculum Committee will be in contact with qualified candidates to schedule an interview. Please bring a letter of recommendation to your interview. 


    The Osher Instructor is responsible for but not limited to:


    Core Responsibilities

    • Adhere to the specified number and length of class meetings and location, as required for assigned course(s), workshop(s), and program(s).  Any change to this commitment, other than illness or serious emergency, must be agreed to, in writing, in advance, by the program director.
    • Refresh curriculum each time with the latest and most relevant content. Ensure that content reflects the overall program description and learning outcomes.
    • Provide handouts to Osher Staff at least two weeks prior to course start date. Materials provided must be complete, and provided in a professional format. 

    Position Specific Responsibilities


    • If available, attend the Osher Kick-Off Event at the beginning of the term and present a short preview/overview of course to help promote it to the prospective students in attendance.
    • Review and consider student feedback on course evaluations. Osher staff will email a compilation of the course evaluations after the last day of class.
    • Adhere to all copyright laws, policies and procedures indicated in the instructors’ handbook, updated via correspondence periodically. 
    • Adhere to all SDSU Research Foundation policies and procedures.


    Minimum Qualifications

    • Must be a subject matter expert in the proposed topic.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Master’s degree or higher in related field
    • Three years of teaching experience
    • Experience teaching older adults

    San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer

    Offer of employment is contingent upon sucessful completion of a Livescan Fingerprint clearance.

    A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation


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