Teach for ALFA

About ALFA

Thank you for considering to teach for the Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) program. ALFA offers a variety of life-long learning opportunities. Our affordable, non-credit courses run during the academic year along with our two lecture series (Food for Thought and the Shirley Pick Spring Series), Grand Finale event, and three annual trips.

Each non-credit course runs for 1.5 hours each week for five weeks and is a total of 7.5 hours long. Our instructors are current and retired Fitchburg State faculty members, local community experts in their fields.

For additional information, check out the ALFA Handbook (PDF).

  • Session I: September - October
  • Session II: November - December
  • Session III: January - March
  • Session IV:  March - April

ALFA Weekly Course Schedule Example

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:30am-11:00am Typically movement, nature or off campus courses Typically movement, nature or off campus courses Typically movement, nature or off campus courses Typically movement, nature or off campus courses Typically movement, nature or off campus courses
10:00am-11:30am Typically movement, nature or off campus courses Typically movement, nature or off campus courses Typically movement, nature or off campus courses Typically movement, nature or off campus courses Typically movement, nature or off campus courses
10:30am-12:00pm Open to all courses Open to all courses Open to all courses Open to all courses Open to all courses
12:20pm-1:50pm Open to all courses Open to all courses Open to all courses Open to all courses Open to all courses
2:30pm-4:00pm Open to all courses No classes Open to all courses Open to all courses No classes

Course Proposal Forms

If you would like to teach for ALFA in one of the upcoming sessions, please submit a course proposal by submitting the appropriate form. A link to this form will be provided below once we begin accepting course requests for the upcoming sessions:

Course Proposals are received until the deadline (Sometime in April for fall sessions 1 and 2, and September for spring sessions 3 and 4). Once we have received all of the courses, we will send out course schedule confirmations within a few of weeks of the deadline.

If you are a full-time Fitchburg State faculty member, please get the approval of your department chair prior to filling out the ALFA course proposal form.

Are you a community instructor looking to offer a course with ALFA for the first time?

We are always looking for local experts in their field to teach for ALFA! Please submit a course proposal above and then submit the following supplemental material to alfa@fitchburgstate.edu.

  • A biography (about a paragraph or so)
  • A photo of yourself to accompany your bio in the brochure
  • Resume (Fitchburg State Faculty do not need to complete this step)
  • Three letters of recommendation. The recommendations should be submitted electronically directly by the reference person to alfa@fitchburgstate.edu(Fitchburg State Faculty do not need to complete this step)

When choosing new instructors or when deciding to run a new course with ALFA, we are looking for a combination of the following qualifications:

  • Official credentials in the specific field or subject matter that you are looking to teach.
  • Extensive and specific experience in the topic.
  • Prior experience teaching this topic to others.
  • references that can speak specifically to your experience and expertise on a topic.

ALFA often receives more course requests than there are slots of courses. Submitting a course proposal does not mean that the course will automatically run. There are many factors that are considered when deciding on which courses will run each semester. Thank you for understanding!

Instructor Compensation

Community ALFA instructors receive a $250 stipend to teach. Full time Fitchburg State faculty receive a 1 credit load reduction.

Questions?

For questions about teaching for ALFA or the course request forms, please contact the Assistant Director of Professional Studies or the ALFA office.