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The Faculty

The Barfield School of Sunbridge College is guided by a Core Faculty who create the curriculum and serve as Common Core lead instructors:

Arthur Zajonc, Ph.D. Director and Co-Founder; Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Physics, Amherst College

Patti Smith, Ed.D. Program Director; Senior Director of the Center for School Design, National Academy Foundation
Robert McDermott, Ph.D. Co-Founder; President Emeritus and Professor of Philosophy and Religion, California Institute of Integral Studies
Gertrude Reif Hughes, Ph.D.; Professor Emerita of English and Feminist Studies, Wesleyan University

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Faculty are also available to serve as thesis mentors:

  • Clopper Almon, Ph.D.  Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Maryland
  • Paolo Carini, Ph.D.  Physicist and teacher, San Francisco Waldorf School
  • Olivia Dreier, M.S.W., M.P.A.  Psychotherapist, social worker and mediator; Karuna Center for Peacemaking
  • Siegward Elsas, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor of Neurology, Oregon Health and Sciences University
  • Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D.  Chair, Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program, Center for Anthroposophy, Wilton, NH
  • Katrin Kaeufer, Ph.D.  Research Affiliate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founding research member of the Society of Organizational Learning (SoL)
  • Alicia Landman-Reiner, M.D.  Director, Anthroposophical Medical Seminar for Physicians
  • Maria C. Linder, Ph.D.  Professor of Biochemistry, California State University at Fullerton
  • Michael Lipson, Ph.D. Psychoanalyst and writer
  • Don Melcer, Ph.D.  Professor Emeritus, Family and Child Ecology, Michigan State University
  • Douglas Miller, Ph.D.  Professor of German and Art and former Vice-Provost, University of Michigan-Flint
  • James L. Ritchie-Dunham, Ph.D.  Decision and Systems Sciences Associate, Psychology Department, Harvard University and President, Institute for Strategic Clarity
  • George Russell, Ph.D.  Professor of Biology, Adelphi University and Editor-in Chief, Orion Magazine
  • Christopher Schaefer, Ph.D.; Program Director, Waldorf School Administration and Community Development, Sunbridge College
  • Claus Otto Scharmer, Ph.D.  Senior Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; founding co-director of ELIAS, a joint leadership development initiative of MIT, the UN Global Compact, and the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL).
  • David Schultz, Ph.D.  Psychotherapist, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University
  • Douglas Sloan, Ph.D.  Professor Emeritus and Director of The Center For the Spiritual Foundations of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Tiemen M. Woutersen, Ph.D.  Economics, Johns Hopkins University


Visiting Faculty

Visiting Faculty play an active role in the life of the School; the following are teaching residential and online courses during the Fall and Spring semesters of the 2006-07 academic year:

Fred Amrine, Ph.D.; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Germanic Languages and Literature, The University of Michigan

Michael Howard, M.A.; Director, Life Form Studio

Michael Miller, Ph.D.; Classics and Art History, New York University and The New School

“The teachers are superb and so accessible and the classes have depth and rigor.”

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