Frederick Douglass Scholars

Mission:  Guided by the spirit and legacy of distinguished orator and statesman Frederick Douglass, the mission of the Frederick Douglass Institute Collaborative is to create inclusive university communities

Vision:  To exemplify the spirit of Douglass' work through the dissemination of scholarship and research in presentation and publication, encouraging the use of best practices in classroom and online teaching, and the promotion of the principles of social justice through the student and faculty participation within the University community.

Values: To infuse diversity and equity as integral parts of educational excellence and civic engagement with a shared sense of purpose, commitment and respect for cultures, perspectives, backgrounds and experiences.

Clarion University of Pennsylvania has established the Frederick Douglass Fellowships to offer opportunities to doctoral candidates who are pursuing a career in college teaching. The fellowships are designed to attract advanced graduate students primarily in the areas of STEM, Health Professions, Business and other fields. If Selected fellows will teach nine credits during the Spring 2015/Fall 2015 semesters. The Frederick Douglass Fellows are expected to make at least two presentations on their dissertation topic to the Clarion University community, and to participate in on-campus activities.

This program is part of a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Frederick Douglass Collaborative that is intended to commemorate Douglass' life-long contributions to equality and public service. The goals of the program are also consistent with the University's mission to serve historically under-represented populations.

Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and must have completed all doctoral work, except the dissertation. It is expected that the applicant would have completed the dissertation or would complete the dissertation by the end of the 2015/2016 academic year.

Terms: The fellow will be compensated at the Instructor 1 level. The University will provide housing, meal assistance, academic support including office space, computer and library privileges.

Application: Applicants must apply online at Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

  • a full curriculum vitae with the appropriate cover letter
  • a graduate school transcript (a copy of the original transcript is acceptable)
  • a letter from the  dissertation advisor regarding your qualifications for this program
  • a one page summary of your dissertation topic
  • a letter from at least two additional references regarding your experience and ability (if you had teaching experience, these letters should include information relative to that experience)

This fellowship offers opportunities for a meaningful career in college teaching.  For additional information, please feel free to contact The Office of Social Equity at (814) 393-2109.

Notification: Candidates are expected to be notified of the specific department's decision by the end of December, 2014.

Clarion University of Pennsylvania is one of fourteen comprehensive public universities in the State System of Higher Education. Founded in 1867 and located in scenic Western Pennsylvania, the University enrolls 6,200 students at its Clarion Campus and Venango College in Oil City. Committed to offering a substantial general education core and making the latest in technology available to its students in their majors, Clarion University offers associate, undergraduate, and graduate degrees. Academic programs are conducted through the Colleges of Arts Education and Sciences, Business Administration and Informational Sciences, and the School of Nursing.

Clarion University of Pennsylvania is committed to equal employment and equal educational opportunities for all individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity,  age, disability, or other classifications that are protected under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other pertinent state and federal laws and regulations.

Last Updated 6/12/18