FPF Instructors

People who love teaching first-year students

We have an amazing team of instructors who are passionate about teaching first-year students at Berkeley. Our instructors are dedicated, accessible and knowledgeable, and many of them have taught or currently teach on the main campus.  Coming from a wide range of disciplines, they help students make interdisciplinary connections in the classroom. They also work closely with the FPF Advisors to provide students with a holistic and high-impact learning experience.

FPF instructors hold regular office hours and teach their own discussion sections to maximize their ability to build relationships with their students. Year after year, our students have expressed that their instructors are one of the highlights of their first semester at Berkeley.

"You will love this program!  It is very nurturing to the students, and as a result, our students tend to do better in their university careers than students who never had the advantage of our program." 

Carolyn Tipton, FPF English Instructor

Kenneth Worthy

Kenneth Worthy is that rare combination of dedicated environmentalist, writer and teacher.

His course material connects students to real-world issues: access to natural resources and environmental preservation.

Arun Sharma

At first glance, FPF instructor Arun Sharma seems to have one of the most difficult jobs: teaching calculus to students who need to take the class in order to fulfill a requirement and who may have no particular interest in the subject.

But after talking with Arun, it's clear that he has a great job. He’s not merely teaching calculus—a set of formulas that need to be memorized—but teaching a fascinating way of thinking that can open up other ways of comprehending material—be it math, science, English Lit and the list goes on.

Carmen Acevedo Butcher

Remember that one high school teacher who believed in you, who lit the fire that pushed you to pursue your dreams through a college education?

Carmen Acevedo Butcher is that teacher in the form of a professor in our Fall Program for Freshmen, teaching College Writing, among other courses. She teaches the basics of good writing so that each student is equipped to write at Berkeley's demanding level.

Catherine Hollis

A Berkeley graduate herself, Catherine Hollis is no stranger to English R1B.

She's been teaching this R&C class for the past 22 years now! And while she has seen different types of students enter her classroom during that tenure, Hollis has kept one thing consistent: face-to-face discussions about the material at hand.