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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.

Freed 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. Tom Ammiano
Instructor

Tom Ammiano is a legendary San Francisco leader who has served the City for four decades as a teacher, School Board P

Jonathan Bailey
Board

Academic Advisor and Professor

Prof. Debashish Banerji
Instructor

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

Prof. Melissa Hudson Bell
Instructor

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

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.

Prof. Melvin Cheitlin, M.D.,
Instructor

Our Medical Lec tu re S eries has been an invaluable educational resource since 1982 granting access to expert opinio

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. Larry Eilenberg
Instructor

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

Prof. Roy Eisenhardt
Instructor

Roy Eisenhardt was the President of the Oakland Athletics, and served as Executive Director of the California Academy

Prof. Charles Fracchia
Instructor

Receiving his B.A. in history from USF.

Prof. Andrew Fraknoi
Instructor

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

Prof. John Freeman
Instructor

John Freeman was born, educated and has lived his entire life in San Francisco.

Prof. Tony Kashani
Instructor

Tony Kashani, Ph.D. is an Iranian-American author, educator and cultural critic. He holds a Ph.D.

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. Thomas Lewis
Instructor

Professor Lewis is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF

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. 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. Adela Roatcap
Instructor

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

Prof. John Rothmann
Instructor

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

Prof. David Seaborg
Instructor

David Seaborg is an evolutionary biologist with an undergraduate degree from UC Davis, and a graduate degree from UC

Prof. William Turner
Instructor

William Bennett Turner has been teaching courses on freedom of speech and the press at the University of California,

Prof. Richie Unterberger
Instructor

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

Prof. Bebo White
Instructor

Bebo White is a Departmental Associate (Emeritus) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, the U.S.

Prof. Michael Zimmerman
Instructor

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