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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.

Jonathan Bailey
Board

Professor Bailey holds degrees in music from Northwestern, UC Berkeley, and

Prof. Melissa Hudson Bell
Instructor

Melissa Hudson Bell is a dancer, choreographer and dance researcher based in Berkeley,

Prof. Martin Carcieri
Instructor

Martin D.

Richard Corriea
Instructor

Richard Lyons Corriea is a former San Francisco Police Commander.

Prof. Kip Cranna
Instructor

Kip Cranna is Dramaturg Emeritus of San Francisco Opera, where he served on the s

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, educati

Toby Engelberg
Instructor

Toby Engelberg is an architect who has practiced in San Francisco and New Y

Prof. Andrew Fraknoi
Instructor

Andrew Fraknoi retired as the Chair of the Astronomy Department at Foothill

Prof. Alan Goldberg
Instructor

Winding down a 35 year career at USF, Alan Goldberg has concentrated on the

Prof. Mara Kolesas
Instructor

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

Prof. Christopher O'Sullivan
Instructor

Chris O’Sullivan (BA U.C. Berkeley, Ph.D.

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. from Oxford.

Prof. John Rothmann
Instructor

John F.

Prof. Richie Unterberger
Instructor

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

Prof. Bebo White
Instructor

Bebo White is a Departmental Associate (Emeritus) at the SLAC National Acce

Prof. Michael Zimmerman
Instructor

Professor Zimmerman is Professor of English Emeritus at San Francisco State