Fall 2017 term dates are October 9 through November 17, 2017

 



A Vibrant Lifelong Learning Community

 



A Vibrant Lifelong Learning Community

Faculty

Faculty

Collectively, the SOAR faculty is a highly distinguished group of educators.  Many are retired academics, most having taught at Wayne State or other local colleges and universities. A number are still active faculty members at their respective institutions. Other faculty members include experienced professionals from every field who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with the society's membership. All contribute their services as volunteers.

Want to get to know our 2017 instructors? Click here for a complete list of faculty biographies.

Teach for SOAR

SOAR is always interested in recruiting dynamic speakers who have a passion for sharing their expertise with receptive audiences. If you would like to teach a course for us, please click here to self-nominate using our Speaker Suggestion Form. Or, send an email inquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nominate a SOAR Speaker

Have a suggestion for a presenter or a class? Let the Curriculum Committee know.  Click Here to use our Speaker Suggestion Form. Or, send an email inquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Featured Faculty: Sharon O'Brien, MA

In April, we feature faculty member and SOAR founder Sharon O'Brien. Learn more about Sharon's enthusiasm, talent and interests. Read about SOAR's modest beginnings, its spectacular growth, and its potential for the future. (Click here)

Special Thanks to New SOAR Faculty

SOAR wishes to extend a special thanks to its newest faculty recruits. Each term, SOAR’s Curriculum and Instruction Committee headed by Judith Orbach strives to structure a faculty with 20% new or renewed instructors and 80% veteran. In Spring 2017, 12 talented individuals will join our distinguished corps of lecturers. Special thanks to each of them for sharing their passion and expertise with SOAR members!

New faculty members and their topic areas for Fall term included:

  • Eric Ash (History)
  • Brian Conway (Art/Architecture)
  • Richard Friedman (Law)
  • Andrew Gulli (Language/Literature)
  • Hans Hummer (History)
  • Patricia Majher (History)
  • Karen McDevitt (Film)
  • Sr. Mary Ellen Sheehan (Religion)
  • Lisa Tehlirian (Law)
  • Renata Wasserman (Language/Literature)
  • Roger Weber (Current Issues/Media)
  • Cameron Wood (Science)