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, campuswide 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.


          The Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholars Fellowship at Edinboro

          The Douglass Scholars fellowship is a professional mentorship program for graduate students entering the final year of doctoral programs and other terminal degrees and preparing to be college teachers.

          In keeping with Frederick Douglass’ life of public service and commitment to equity and access, the Frederick Douglass Institute is 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. 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. Dates of employment vary among universities, but typically run during May –August 2015 for summer appointments, or August 2015-May 2016 for full year appointments.

          The 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.

          Scholars 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 scholar alone, not families, and scholars 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.

          The Frederick Douglass Center for the Enhancement of Diversity

          Following an extensive review of diversity efforts offered on a range of campuses in Pennsylvania and nationally, and current diversity related centers/offices on the Edinboro campus, the University Diversity Council felt that a common element missing at Edinboro but found on many campuses is a center for faculty research, scholarship, and curriculum enhancement. The Center facilitates activities that will bring enhanced research endeavors and contribute to an enrichment of diversity content across disciplines.

          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: 

          Office of Social Equity
          219 Meadville Street
          Reeder Hall, 3
          Edinboro, PA  16444

          You may also email your application to or via Fax (814) 732-2153.

          Click here to apply.