Contact Info

          Margaret Smith, PhD
          Office: Hendricks Hall, G42
          Phone: (814) 732-1747

          Adrienne Dixon, PhD
          Office: Butterfield Hall, 127
          Phone: (814) 732-1932

          Frederick Douglass Institute

          The Frederick Douglass Institute at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania is an interdisciplinary, campus wide body that serves as a resource for information about, and advocacy on issues related to, equity and diversity at Edinboro University.

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          The Frederick Douglass Institute at Edinboro University is a member of the Frederick Douglass Collaborative Partnership. The collaborative exists across 14 campuses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, supporting the education and development of more than 110,000 students across the Commonwealth.


          The Frederick Douglass Institute seeks to create and nurture "academic communities" that will support the growth, development, and success of all students, staff and faculty at Edinboro University.


          Promote academic excellence, civic engagement, and the understanding and appreciation of human diversity.


          Frederick Douglass Fellowship

          The Douglass 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.

          Fellows will be compensated as adjunct faculty, according to each university's collective bargaining agreement. Additionally, Fellows may be provided housing and travel. The appointment is for the fellow alone, not families, and fellows are responsible for their own local transportation. Faculty benefits (office space, computer and network access, and library privileges) are also provided.

          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.

          Douglass Collaborative Support for Undergraduate Research

          For undergraduate researchers who are preparing to pursue the Ph.D. after graduation, the Collaborative provides an exceptional opportunity. Consider applying to the Yale Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) through your university’s FDI.

          Frederick Douglass Collaborative Conferences and Colloquia

          Douglass Institutes across the System have a number of programs designed to support rich intellectual inquiry and exchange in their communities. The annual Frederick Douglass Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference takes place a Bloomsburg University each spring semester.

          Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity

          Making Connections is the interdisciplinary journal of the Frederick Douglass Institute Partnership. Produced twice a year, the journal publishes essays that explore cultural diversity from any discipline, as well as poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. It is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to publish their work or research.

          Collaborative Events

          The Frederick Douglass Institute Partnership has special events taking place regularly.

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          If you wish to apply, please send completed application and required documents to:

          Brenda Marquis
          Office of Human Resources
          219 Meadville Street
          Reeder Hall, 3rd Floor
          Edinboro, PA 16444

          For questions please contact:
          Ronald A. Wilson, J.D.
          Office of Social Equity