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Dr. Fredalene B. BowersProfessor CDFR; Chair

Office:  Ackerman Hall, Room 207 

Office Phone: 724 357-2336

E-mail Address:



PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Higher Education with concentration in Child and Adolescent Development

Principal Certification, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, K-12

MEd, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Counselor Education, K-6th grade

BA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Major: Psychology

Training Certificates

Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS), 2009–present   

Pennsylvania Department of Education, Student Assistance Program, 1992–present                    

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Managing Young Adult

Offenders Instructor, SCI Pine Grove, 2003–2004

Areas of Interest

Children's Play; Brain Development and Poverty in early childhood; Preschool Education Developmentally Appropriate Practices; Early Childhood Curriculum; Reggio Emilio Philosophy; Adolescent Development - Risk and Resiliency Issues; Parenting Issues; and a variety of child care staff training topics (e.g., ethics, mentoring, conflict resolution).


Dr. Bowers has been a member of the Child Development and Family Relations faculty at IUP since 1998. She has served on numerous university-wide committees: University Senate, Senate Rules Committee; University Promotions Committee/chairperson; University Sabbatical Committee; University Council of Chairs; Undergraduate Curriculum Committee; and currently the Middle States Accreditation Steering Committee and Sub-Committee co-chair. She has also been active on local and state committees: Indiana County Child Advisory Committee; Early Care and Education Committee; ARIN's PPT Advisory Board;  Bright Horizons Recruitment Advisory Board; and Southwest PA Key Higher Education Committee.

Dr. Bowers has received grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. She has been published in Child Care Exchange Journal and Journal of Correctional Education, and has written training manuals for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. She has presented at international, national, and statewide conferences on topics as varied as social media in higher education, grantwriting, and early childhood education. She is a trainer and consultant for schools and agencies that include a certified PQAS (Pennsylvania Quality Assurance Systems) trainer and a Pennsylvania Student Assistance Program trainer. She participated in a study tour of the Reggio Emilio Schools, Reggio Emilio, Italy, and incorporates this philosophy in her teaching and training sessions.

Dr. Bowers has been recognized for her teaching, advising, and mentoring with several IUP awards:  2013 IUP Distinguished University Faculty Award for Teaching; 2013 President's Grantsmanship Award; 2008–2009 Academic Advising Award, Center for Teaching Excellence; 2003–2004 Outstanding Teacher Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Health and Human Services; and the 2003–2004 Content Pedagogy Award, Center for Teaching Excellence. In addition, she has been recognized by the IUP African American Cultural Center for student support and selected as a mentor for several IUP Mortar Board students.  She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

Courses Taught

  • CDFR  218 Child Development
  • CDFR  310 Advanced Child Development/Observation & Assessment
  • CDFR  321 Preschool Education:  Developmentally Appropriate Practices
  • CDFR  322 Early Care & Education
  • CDFR  425 Adolescence:  Risk & Resiliency  
  • CDFR  426/526 Techniques of Parent Education
  • CDFR  427/527 Administration of Child Care Centers
  • CDFR  429 Teaching in Child Development Centers/Writing Intensive/Lab
  • CDFR  493 Internships
  • EDUC 590 Improving Professional Practices in Instructional Settings: Foundations of Correctional Education and the Correctional Education Professional


  • Department of Human Development, Fashion, and Interior Design
  • Ackerman Hall, Room 207
    911 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2336
  • Fax: 724-357-5941
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.