LogoThe Frederick Douglass Institutes of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education offer 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.

These 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.

The Douglass Scholars Teaching Fellowship is available at the following universities:

  • California University of PA
  • Clarion University of PA
  • Edinboro University of PA
  • Indiana University of PA
  • Kutztown University of PA
  • Millersville University of PA
  • Shippensburg University of PA

Minimum requirements:

  • Applicant must be a 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 given to completed applications postmarked by February 7, 2018. Applications and more information are available on the Frederick Douglass Foundation website.


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