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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

Course Proposal Forms

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

Fall  (Sessions I & II) Course Proposal Form - Deadline April 15th, 2020 

Fall 2020 Course proposal Form

Spring (Sessions III & IV) Course Proposal Form - Deadline September 1st, 2020

Spring 2021 Course Proposal Form

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 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 proposal form.

First Time Community ALFA Instructors

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

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

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