Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Andrew Collins has served as editor and writer on more than 200 guidebooks for Fodor’s Travel Publications, including the Arizona, Caribbean, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, Oregon, and Pacific Northwest titles. He has also written for Moon Handbooks, and contributed to a number of Zagat guides. He has served as editor-in-chief of the travel/lifestyle magazines OutAlohaand OutCity Northwest. He’s the expert “guide” on gay and lesbian travel for About.com, and has written for Orbitz.com, Travel + Leisure, The Advocate, Sunset, New Mexico Magazine, and various AAA publications. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University.

Mike Dunphy is a contributing writer for USA Today’s travel publication RoadWarriorVoices, and his articles and essays have appeared in Travel Weekly, PBS: Next Avenue, American Way, Travel + Leisure, Time Out, Beer Advocate, and NewYork.com, among many others. He has worked as an editor and contributor to Fodor’s Travel (Random House). He holds a BA from the University of Vermont and an MA in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College.

James Bernard Frost is the author of the novels A Very Minor Prophet (Hawthorne Books) and World Leader Pretend (St. Martin’s Press), and the travel guide The Artichoke Trail (Hunter Publishing), which won the Lowell Thomas Bronze Award for Best Travel Guide. His articles and essays have appeared in The Nervous Breakdown, Role/Reboot, Trachodon Magazine, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the Farallon Review. He has been a contributor to the San Francisco Examiner and Wired Online, where he wrote food, travel, and culture reviews. He holds a BS from Santa Clara University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco.

Cullen Thomas is the author of the memoir Brother One Cell (Viking). His work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Salon, The Rumpus, The Sonora Review, World Hum, Current Biography, and Penthouse. He holds a BA from Binghamton University.