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OSHER Lifelong Learning Instructor

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 3rd, 2020

Last review date: Tuesday, Dec 15, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


OSHER Lifelong Learning Instructor

University of California, Riverside – Extension

In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. UCR is a world-class research University with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities’ air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history, and culture. UCR gives every student, faculty and staff member the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

UCR Extension is the continuing and professional education division of the University of California, Riverside offering over 80 programs and certificates to domestic and international students. UCR Extension is seeking experienced professionals to join our OSHER Lifelong Learning instructional team as part-time instructors for adult learners. UCR is proud to be part of a network of The Bernard Osher Foundation Osher Institutes (OLLIs) across the nation totaling 124. Started in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessperson and community leader, the Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts. UCR’s OSHER program offers intellectually stimulating learning experiences that are robust, interactive, balanced, and designed for seekers of knowledge who value their membership in a vibrant community of lifelong learners. The OSHER program aims to engage and provide enrichment to individuals ages 50 and up through courses, conversations, lectures and experiences on a wide range of subject matter. The program attracts current and retired faculty from local and national universities and colleges and distinguished community leaders and other experts who enjoy sharing their knowledge and joy of teaching with mature learners. Courses are (6-12) weeks in length, average 1-2 teaching hours per week, and are currently being offered remotely via Zoom. Courses are currently delivered in a distance-learning format. OSHER subject matter courses and lectures includes but not limited to:

America’s Greek Tragedy
Armenia Armenian Architecture
A Survey of Inland Empire Architecture, 1910-1970
Biology of Science Fiction Cinema
Contemporary American Film
Contemporary Ethics
From Occupation to Unification- Exploring Germany’s Momentous Transformation
How Music Affects Culture
New Perspectives on the Founding Era
Preserving the Images of Ancient Turkey
Six in Six: Books that Changed the View of Our Contemporary World
The Men of Ballet
The Musical Adaptations of Shakespeare
Transformative Television
Drawing Meditation
The Big Events of the Bible: Did They Really Happen
T’ai Chi Ch’uan For Balance and Strength
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• Provide instruction in accordance with the established instructional agreement, curriculum outlines and class schedule provided by UCR Extension.
• Communicate teaching objectives and specific learning outcomes to students, and clearly outline the grading policies to the course.
• Work in conjunction with collaborative partners and subject matter experts in order to ensure that course information is current.
• Participate in scheduled orientations, meetings, and mandatory training programs by UCR’s established deadlines.
• Maintain timely and accurate academic records within the learning management system and submit timely and accurate documentation as outlined in the instructional agreement.
• Maintain appropriate standards of professional conduct.

Minimum Requirements:
• Advanced experience and knowledge in subject matter delivered.
• Related work experience.
• Excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
• Ability to provide instruction online and in-person.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience teaching adult learners.
• Experience with curriculum development and course design.
• Ability to teach a wide range of courses.
• Commitment to diversity and the University’s mission.

Application Information:
To apply please visit This is a continuous recruitment. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis. Interview process includes a teaching demonstration. For more information about UCR Extension, please visit

Employment Information:
Instructional agreements are made on a course-by-course basis at the discretion of the University with no guarantee to teach future courses. This part-time position has no benefits but participates in the University of California Defined Contribution Plan. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Riverside, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence - In a “Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence”, we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 4-6 required (contact information only)