The USC academic community has long been enriched by an extraordinary adjunct faculty. The founding faculty in 1929 of what is now the School of Cinema-Television included Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., D.W. Griffith, William C. DeMille, Ernst Lubitsch, Irving Thalberg, and Darryl Zanuck (later recognized by a Time cover story.) A number of faculty since have been awarded Oscars, as mentioned later in this page.
In the fall of 1934, Arnold Schoenberg taught in Mudd Philosophy Hall a Composition class which discussed only the most conventional and traditional harmony. He had come with his family to Hollywood to attempt to attract students among the local film composers. A USC building bears his name.
May Ray taught Surrealism in the 1940's.
Frank Gehry won the 1989 Pritzker Architecture Prize and Swiss architect Peter Zumthor received the 2009 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
Chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall, Distinguished Adjunct Professor, was the 1990 laureate of the Kyoto Prize for Basic Sciences.
Raphael Bowen is the inventor of dental sealants, which have been placed on the teeth of millions of children around the world to prevent tooth decay. He also is the co-developer of dental resin composites, which are used to fill teeth after the removal of decay. Both contributions are core activities in modern dentistry worldwide.
Among professional writing teachers, William Inge (Picnic), Paul Zindel (The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds), and A. Scott Berg (Lindbergh), all won Pulitzer Prizes, while Harry Brown (A Place in the Sun), Marc Norman (Shakespeare in Love), Edmund North (Patton), Robert Pirosh (Battleground), and Frank Tarloff (Father Goose) all won Oscars. Other writing teachers have included Shelley Berman (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Betty Friedan (The Feminine Mystique), Jerome Lawrence (Inherit the Wind), poet James Ragan, who has performed at Carnegie Hall, John Rechy (City of Night), Hubert Selby, Jr., (Last Exit to Brooklyn, and Gay Talese (Honor Thy Father).
Betty Friedan, groundbreaking feminist and founder of the National Organization for Women, also taught in the late 1980`s and early 1990`s in the Annenberg School for Communications, the gender studies program, the Marshall School of Business, and the Leaonard Davis School of Gerontology.
Teachers at USC's ISOMATA program included Ray Bradbury, who has been awarded the National Book Foundation's 2000 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and the 2004 National Medal of Arts.
Visiting theater faculty have included such Tony winners as Jason Robert Brown (Parade), Jason Alexander ( Jerome Robbins' Broadway) and George Furth (Company), as well as John Houseman, who won the Oscar for best actor in a supporting role as the fearsome Professor Kingsfield in The Paper Chase.
Among faculty of the Annenberg School for Communication, investigative reporter Gary Cohn, TV critic Howard Rosenberg, and photographer Annie Wells all were honored with Pulitzer Prizes. Reporters Ted Rohrlich, Bob Baker and Les Dunseith shared in Pulitzers awarded for Los Angeles Times team coverage: Baker three times, Dunseith four. Leroy Sievers, executive producer of ABC News' Nightline, has been recognized with eleven national news Emmys. Longtime faculty member Norman Corwin has been called "the most original, the most revered writer in the history of radio.” Eight days after Pearl Harbor, his show commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Bill of Rights,We Hold These Truths, was broadcast simultaneously on all four networks. Carl Sandburg called his V-E Day broadcast,On a Note of Triumph, “one of the all-time great American poems.”
Reverend Cecil “Chip” Murray is a household name in Los Angeles' religious and civil life. As senior pastor of the First African Methodist Episcopal church (FAME) for 27 years, he helped it grow to 18,000 members.
Derrick Bell's first university appointment was at USC, directing the Western Center on Law and Poverty.
Many faculty of the School of Cinema-Television have won Academy Awards. Frank Capra won best director awards for It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. and You Can’t Take It With You. Writer Howard Estabrook was honored for Cimarron. Wilbur Blume produced The Face of Lincoln which won the Oscar for best short subject. Bernard Kantor, who was Director of Program at the school from 1955 to 1976, was recognized for the documentary The Resurrection of Bronco Billy. Sheridan Gibney won a writing Oscar for The Story of Louis Pasteur and Ben Shedd was honored for the documentary The Flight of the Gossamer Condor.
William Cameron Menzies received art direction Oscars for Tempest and The Dove as well as a special award for the production design of Gone With the Wind. Producer Sol Lesser received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for Lifetime Achievement. Director Norman Taurog received the Oscar for Skippy and director King Vidor won the Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award (as well as a Career Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and a Career Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival.) Robert Zemeckis won an Oscar for(Forrest Gump).
Jerry Lewis taught a graduate course in film direction, and the book based on his classroom lectures became widely used in U.S. and European film schools. He won eight national best director of the year awards in Europe.
Commemorating USC's 125th Anniversary, these pages highlight some USC faculty.
In addition to
About USC faculty,
for selected faculty by subject area see
More about USC faculty,
and for illustrious part-timers see
For pages honoring the past, take a look at
Early faculty notables as well as
Looking back at the USC faculty.
And for a sampling of those in the public eye, see
Faculty in the broader community.