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.  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 academic year in which they are hired.

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

Application: Applicants must submit application to Ms. Amy Salsgiver.  Review of applications will continue until available positions are 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.

 Clarion University of Pennsylvania is one of 14 comprehensive public universities in the State System of Higher Education. Founded in 1867 and located in scenic Western Pennsylvania, the university enrolls 4,800 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 gender, gender identity, race or color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, religion or creed, genetic information, affectional or sexual orientation, veteran status, 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. Direct inquiries to the Title IX Coordinator, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 103 Carrier Administration Building, sfenske@clarion.edu or phone 814-393-2351, or the Director of Social Equity, 210 Carrier Administration Building 16214-1232; Email asalsgiver@clarion.edu or phone 814-393-2109. Inquiries may also be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education, 330 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20201.

Last Updated 10/31/19