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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.

Prof. Aaron Almendares-Berman
Instructor

Aarón Almendares‐Berman is Prof.

Prof. Michael Arnold
Instructor

Mike Arnold is co-founder of ALCO Partners LLC, a small consulting firm founded in 2004 specializing in the measureme

Prof. Debashish Banerji
Instructor

Debashish Banerji, PhD is Haridas Chaudhuri Professor of Indian Philosophy and Culture and Doshi Professor of Asian A

Prof. Joan Boothe
Instructor

Joan Boothe is primarily an Antarctic historian.

Prof. David Clay Large
Instructor

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

Prof. Therese Doan
Instructor

Therese Vinson Doan has a PhD in Nursing from UCSF.

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

Alice Freed
Instructor

Alice F. Freed (Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, Montclair State University) received her M.A. and Ph.D.

Prof. Patrick Hunt
Instructor

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

Prof. Tony Kashani
Instructor

Tony Kashani, Ph.D.  is an American author, educator, philosopher of technology, and a cultural crit

Prof. Douglas Kenning
Instructor

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

James Kohn
Instructor

Now emeritus, Dr.

Prof. Mara Kolesas
Instructor

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

Prof. Thomas Lorch
Instructor

Thomas Lorch’s great love is teaching literature.

Prof. Lily Iona Mackenzie
Instructor

For over 30 years, Prof.

Prof. Richard Monson
Instructor

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

Rabbi Stephen Pearce
Instructor

Stephen S.

Prof. Jan Wahl
Instructor

Recognized as a woman of many hats, film critic Jan Wahl critiques movie releases, reviews videos, conducts celebrity