Skip to main content

Faculty

Faculty

Drawing on a lifetime of teaching experience, the Fromm Institute faculty is primarily composed of retired professors from colleges and universities across the Bay Area and around the nation as well as some recognized experts in their given field. All are age peers with our students.

Free from assigning grades and reading papers, these professors find great satisfaction in teaching people interested in learning just for learning’s sake. Furthermore, because they are encouraged to develop new courses that are of personal interest to them, the curriculum experience becomes dynamically stimulating for both the teachers and their students.

Curriculum Planning & Faculty Recruitment
Faculty are hired to offer an individual eight-week course.  Each Spring, a call for course proposals is sent to returning and potential faculty.  The Fromm Institute Curriculum Committee first reviews all course proposals from returning professors.  After offers of employment are finalized by returning professors, new proposals are considered from uninitiated instructors.

If you are an age peer with our students and interested in teaching a college level course in the fine arts, humanities, or sciences, please email a statement of interest, a resume or CV, and a sample course proposal you might present at the Fromm Institute to the Executive Director at leighnor@usfca.edu. Each course meets one and a half hours once a week for eight weeks or a total of twelve contact hours. All instructors are considered independent contractors, and a generous honorarium is paid midway through each session.

Prof. Aaron Almendares-Berman
Instructor

Aarón Almendares-Berman is Prof.

Rabbi Camille Shira Angel
Instructor

Camille Shira Angel, University of San Francisco’s first Rabbi-in-Residence, is an adjunct pr

Prof. Michael Arnold
Instructor

Mike Arnold is co-founder of ALCO Partners LLC, a small consulting firm founded i

Jonathan Bailey
Board

Academic Advisor and Professor

Prof. Joan Boothe
Instructor

Joan Boothe is primarily an Antarctic historian.

Prof. Sonny Buxton
Instructor

Prof. Buxton’s lifelong passion has been music and documentary filmmaking.

Prof. Lee Bycel
Instructor

Lee Bycel is the Sinton Visiting Professor in Holocaust, Genocide and Refugee Studies at the University of San Franci

Prof. Martin Carcieri
Instructor

Martin D Carcieri has taught courses in Constitutional Law and Political Theory as a Professor of Political Science,

Prof. David Clay Large
Instructor

David Clay Large obtained a Ph.D. in History from U.C. Berkeley in 1974.

Richard Corriea
Instructor

Richard Lyons Corriea is a former San Francisco Police Commander.

Prof. Richard Covert
Instructor

In most aspects Professor Covert’s early years were unremarkable. Beneath the surface lurked avoracious reader, who d

Prof. Kip Cranna
Instructor

Now completing his 40th year with San Francisco Opera, where he serves as Dramaturg, Dr. Cranna earned his Ph.  D.

Prof. Howard DeNike
Instructor
Prof. Therese Doan
Instructor

Therese Vinson Doan has a PhD in Nursing from UCSF.

Prof. William Eddelman
Instructor

William Eddelman is an Associate Professor Emeritus in Theatre History and Design

Prof. Larry Eilenberg
Instructor

Larry Eilenberg has had a distinguished theatrical career as artistic director, e

Toby Engelberg
Instructor

Toby Engelberg is an architect who has practiced in San Francisco and New York, a

Prof. Sunnie Evers
Instructor

Sunnie Evers received her Ph.D.

Scott Foglesong
Instructor

Scott Foglesong is the Chair of Musicianship & Music Theory at the SF Conservatory of Music, where he has been a

Prof. Andrew Fraknoi
Instructor

Andrew Fraknoi retired as the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College in 2017, having taught introducto

Alice Freed
Instructor

Alice F. Freed (Professor Emerita of Linguistics, Montclair State) received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Univ.

Prof. Alan Goldberg
Instructor

Alan Goldberg, a USF faculty member for the past 35 years.

Prof. Nikolaus Hohmann
Instructor

Nikolaus Hohmann was raised in both Europe and California, and so discovered the joys of exploring and mediating diff

Prof. Patrick Hunt
Instructor

As an award-winning archaeologist, author, and National Geographic grantee and also National Geographic Expeditions E

Prof. Stephen Kaufman
Instructor

Stephen Kaufman is a retired pediatrician with advanced training in endocrinology, psychology, philosophy and human s

Prof. Lynne Kaufman
Instructor

Lynne Kaufman is a national award-winning playwright and novelist whose plays have been produced in New York, San Fra

Prof. Douglas Kenning
Instructor

Douglas Kenning, raised in Virginia, received a PhD from the Univ.

James Kohn
Instructor

Now emeritus, Dr Jim Kohn has been a member of the English Department at SFSU since 1975, and served as Chair from 20

Prof. Mara Kolesas
Instructor

Mara Kolesas is a political theorist whose interests extend from the conceptualization

Prof. Michael B. Lehmann
Instructor

Professor Lehmann obtained his Ph.D.

Prof. Thomas Lorch
Instructor

Thomas Lorch’s great love is teaching literature.

Joseph Lurie
Board

Joe Lurie, author of the award-winning Perception and Deception, A Mind-Opening J

Prof. Lily Iona Mackenzie
Instructor

For over 30 years, Prof. MacKenzie taught rhetoric to USF freshmen.

Prof. Shauna Marshall
Instructor

Shauna Marshall joined the UC Hastings faculty in 1994 as a Clinical Law Professor.

Prof. Joan Minninger
Instructor

Joan Minninger has taught writing at NYU, UC Berkeley and UCLA.  She has given writing

Prof. Richard Monson
Instructor

Professor Richard Monson received his B.S. from UCLA and his Ph.D. in Chemistry at U.C. Berkeley.

Ernest Newbrun
Instructor

Ernest Newbrun is Prof.

Prof. Christopher O'Sullivan
Instructor

Chris O’Sullivan (BA, UC Berkeley; Ph.D.

Rabbi Stephen Pearce
Instructor

Stephen S. Pearce, DD, PhD, the Emeritus Senior Rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El.

Prof. Cary Pepper
Instructor

Cary Pepper is a playwright, novelist, screenwriter, and nonfiction writer.

Prof. David Peritz
Instructor

David Peritz earned his BA from Occidental College. and Ph.D.

Prof. Adela Roatcap
Instructor

Dr. Adela Spindler Roatcap lived and studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before returning to the USA.

Prof. Rob Rosborough
Instructor

Rob Rosborough’s very first job was as a volunteer in the greenhouses of the Missouri Botanical Gar

Prof. Sheldon Rothblatt
Instructor

Professor Rothblatt was honored by the Swedish king as Knight Commander of the Ro

Prof. John Rothmann
Instructor

John F. Rothmann is a politics/foreign policy consultant specializing on the US, Middle East and the USSR.

Prof. Arthur Simon
Instructor

Professor Simon received his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Tulane University in 1957.

Prof. Eric Sinrod
Instructor

Eric Sinrod, of Duane Morris LLP, is a strong advocate for his clients, representing them before th

Prof. James Sokol
Instructor

James Sokol, M.A., M.B.A., worked in the opera world for years after having begun his c

Prof. Ruthe Stein
Instructor

Ruthe Stein is the founder and co-director of the Mostly British Film Festival, in its

Prof. Richie Unterberger
Instructor

Richie Unterberger is the author of nearly a dozen music history books, including

Prof. Jan Wahl
Instructor

Recognized as a woman of many hats, Jan Wahl critiques movies, conducts celebrity

Prof. David Watts
Instructor

David Watts’s literary credits include seven boo

Prof. Alan Ziajka
Instructor

Alan Ziajka is University Historian Emeritus at the University of San Francisco,

Prof. Michael Zimmerman
Instructor

Professor Zimmerman is Professor of English Emeritus at San Francisco State University where he taught for forty year