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Teach for ALFA!

Thank you for considering to teach for the Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area (ALFA) program. ALFA offers opportunities to lifelong learners to meet and share interests in an informal setting. Our inexpensive, non-credit courses run during the academic year along with a lecture series entitled, Food for Thought (fall and spring) and the Shirley Pick Spring Series (held in April or May).

Each non-credit course runs for 1.5 hours each week week for five weeks and is a total of 7.5 hours long. Our instructors are current and retired Fitchburg State faculty members, local K-12 teachers, and are also drawn from experts within our community.

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

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
     

Course Schedule Example:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Rec Center Classes and Off-Campus Classes Only Rec Center Classes and Off-Campus Classes Only Rec Center Classes and Off-Campus Classes Only Rec Center Classes and Off-Campus Classes Only Rec Center Classes and Off-Campus Classes Only
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Rec Center Classes and Off-Campus Classes Only Rec Center Classes and Off-Campus Classes Only Rec Center Classes and Off-Campus Classes Only Rec Center Classes and Off-Campus Classes Only Rec Center Classes and Off-Campus Classes Only
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Off-Campus Classes Only Off-Campus Classes Only Off-Campus Classes Only Off-Campus Classes Only Open to All Courses
12:20 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Open to All Courses Open to All Courses Open to All Courses Open to All Courses Open to All Courses
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Open to All Courses No Classes Open to All Courses Open to All Courses No Classes

Download the ALFA Weekly Course Schedule (PDF).

Course Request Forms

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

Fall 2020 (Sessions I & II) Course Request Form - Deadline April 15th, 2020 
Spring 2021 (Sessions III & IV) Course Request Form - Deadline September 1st, 2020

Course Request Forms will be available in early January. Please check back for links to these forms.

Course requests 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 couple of weeks.

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 request form.

First Time Community ALFA Instructors

Please submit the following to the curriculum committee. The committee meets monthly to review scheduling requests.

  • Resume
  • Brief Biography (3-5 sentences)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation 

For questions about teaching for ALFA or the course request forms, please email the Coordinator of Professional Studies, Dani Langdon, or the ALFA office.