Meet the Faculty of Adventures in Lifelong Learning

Dr. Helen Heineman, President Emerita of Framingham State University, has had an extensive career in higher education, including 43 years in teaching and senior level administrative positions. She holds a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Queens College, a Master’s degree from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. She received an Andrew Dickson White Fellowship to Cornell, two Woodrow Wilson Fellowships, was a Radcliffe Fellow, and an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellow. Dr. Heineman was chair of the English Department at Framingham State University, and was then appointed Academic Vice President. In 1999, Dr. Heineman became President of Framingham State University, where she served until retiring in 2006. She has published four books and numerous articles in the field of Victorian literature. Dr. Heineman now spends her retirement years traveling, writing, and teaching in Framingham’s Adventures in Lifelong Learning program.

Andrea Kamens tells traditional, original, Jewish, and first-person stories that tremble with truth. With skillful structuring and improvisational verve, she opens a dialogue between her listeners and the story. She’s an active member of her regional professional organization NEST, Northeast Storytelling, and works within a community of tellers. Based in Boston, she’s on the board of The Story Space in Somerville, MA, the region’s longest running weekly venue, encouraging new and never-before tellers to try storytelling, and experienced and professional tellers to present and hone material. Andrea is a teacher, emcee, storytelling host, community volunteer and a mom of five who believes any day in New England can be a beach day. Andrea is a graduate of Boston University.

Photo of Adventures in Life Long Learning faculty Jack Perricone

Jack Perricone became a member of the Berklee College of Music faculty in 1986, teaching arranging and helping to develop the new initiative at Berklee: a Songwriting major. In 1987, Perricone was appointed chair of Berklee’s Songwriting department, as Berklee became the first college ever to offer a Bachelor of Music (BM) in Songwriting. A successful arranger/songwriter and co-writer of a top five pop song “Run Joey Run”, Mr. Perricone has had his songs recorded by many artists including Michael Jackson, Angela Bofill, Lou Rawls and Jerry Butler, along with a number of Billboard charted songs that appeared in multiple genres – pop, country, dance, jazz and r&b. His first book, Melody In Songwriting (Berklee Press, 2000) remains one of the most important books on songwriting today. As Chair Emeritus, Songwriting (Perricone retired in 2017), he continues to write songs and compose piano pieces. The biggest project by far has been authoring Great Songwriting Techniques (Oxford University Press, 2019); all the songs excerpted in the book can be accessed via Spotify in a playlist entitled "Great Songwriting Techniques”.

Dr. David Smailes is an Associate Professor in the Political Science department at Framingham State University. He joined the Framingham State community in the fall of 2017 after teaching for many years at both Westfield State University and Regis College. Dr. Smailes teaches undergraduate courses in American politics and public administration at Framingham State. He also serves as the Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduate program at FSU, where he is also an instructor for several graduate courses. Originally from Wooster, Ohio, Dr. Smailes earned his undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster in 1981, where he graduated with department honors and election to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his PhD in political science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1992. His research focuses on American political history with a focus on the presidency.