Teaching Scholars Fellowship



Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholars Fellowship

Summer 2018 – May 2019


In keeping with Frederick Douglass’ life of public service and commitment to equity and access, the Frederick Douglass Institutes of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education are offering teaching opportunities to graduate students who are pursuing careers as university faculty and who are entering the final year of terminal degree and/or doctoral programs.

Frederick Douglass Scholars Fellowships are designed to provide teaching and other professional experiences, mentoring, and potential employment opportunities within universities that are strongly committed to cultural diversity.  Applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds, especially those from historically underrepresented groups, are encouraged to apply.

As a Frederick Douglass Scholars Fellow, scholars will teach and/or co-teach during the summer session(s) or full academic year (depending on term of appointment), continue their research, and contribute to the life of the university.  Fellows will receive mentorship and professional support from experienced faculty, helping them to prepare for academic careers and job searches.  Dates of employment vary among universities, but typically run during May –August 2018 for summer appointments, or August 2018 – May 2019 for full year appointments.

Scholars will be compensated as adjunct faculty, according to the collective bargaining agreement. Faculty benefits (office space, computer and network access, and library privileges) are provided. Fellows may also receive assistance with housing and travel.

Minimum requirements are: Applicant must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident; MA degree completed and enrollment in a terminal degree program (Ph.D., MFA, Ed. D, etc.); academic background in one of the disciplines taught at the university.  Preferred: teaching experience; currently ABD or doctorate within last two years.  Priority consideration given to completed applications postmarked by February 7, 2018.

To download the application form as a Word doc, please click here. As a PDF file, click here . 

Douglass Fellowships for 2018-2019 are available at the universities listed below.

California University of PA
Dr. Ayanna Lyles – (724) 938-4258





December Application Deadline

Full-Year Appointments

Electronic submissions to

Clarion University of PA
Dr. Brenda Dede – (814) 393 – 2223 





Summer and Full Year Appointments

Electronic submissions to
bdede@clarion.edu or by postal mail to:

Dr. Brenda Dede
Academic Affairs Department
Clarion University
840 Wood Street
115 Carrier Administration
Clarion, PA 16214


Edinboro University of PA
Margaret L. Smith– (814) 732-1747 





Full-Year Appointments

Electronic submissions to  https://jobs.edinboro.edu/

Indiana University of PA
Dr. Veronica Watson – (724) 357-4072 





Full Year Appointments

Electronic submissions to
fdi-iup@iup.edu or by postal mail to:

The Frederick Douglass Institute for Intercultural Research
c/o Dr. Veronica Watson
Department of English
Humanities and Social Sciences Bldg, 506A
981 Grant St
Indiana, PA 15705

Kutztown University of PA
Dr. Maria Sanelli – 610-683-4448 





Full Year Appointments

Electronic submissions to MSanelli@kutztown.edu or by postal mail to:

Dr. Maria Sanelli
144 Lytle Hall
History Department
Kutztown University
Kutztown, PA 19530


Millersville University of PA
Dr. Rita Smith-Wade-El
(717) 871-7277 





Summer and Full Year Appointments

Electronic submissions to Rita.SmithWade-El@millersville.edu or by postal mail to:

Dr. Rita Smith-Wade-El
Psychology Department
Millersville University
P.O. Box 1002
Millersville, PA 17551


Shippensburg University of PA
Dr. Sharnine Herbert – (717) 477-1272 





Full-Year Appointments

Electronic submissions to FDI@ship.edu