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The Frederick Douglass Scholars Fellowship

In keeping with Frederick Douglass’ life of public service and commitment to equity and access, the Frederick Douglass Institute for Intercultural Research is offering teaching opportunities to graduate students who are pursuing careers as university faculty members 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 one course during the summer sessions, continue their research, and contribute to the life of the university. Dates of employment vary, but typically run from May 2015 through August 2016. IUP is also seeking to fill a full-year Douglass Scholar appointment for academic year 2015–2016. Application packets for summer and full-year opportunities are accepted in all fields and disciplines represented at IUP. Candidates should indicate their preference and/or if they are willing to be considered for full-year appointments.

The Douglass Scholars Fellowships are designed to provide professional experiences, mentoring, and potential employment opportunities within a university that is strongly committed to cultural diversity. At IUP, fellows are sought whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Applicants from diverse cultural backgrounds, especially those from historically underrepresented groups, are encouraged to apply.

Douglass Fellows will be compensated as adjunct faculty, according to the university’s collective bargaining agreement. Additionally, Fellows are provided a housing subsidy and travel reimbursement. 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; M.A. degree completed and enrollment in a terminal degree program (Ph.D., M.F.A., Ed.D., etc.); academic background in one of the disciplines taught at the university. Preferred: teaching experience; currently A.B.D. or doctorate within last two years. 

Further details and application are available at the Frederick Douglass Institute Partnership website. Click the Douglass Scholars Fellowship link. Candidates under consideration for full-year appointments at IUP may be contacted for additional material such as a teaching statement, student evaluations (if available), and/or a teaching portfolio.  At IUP, priority consideration will be given to applications postmarked by January 16, 2015.

Submit two copies of your application form and supporting materials to:

Dr. Veronica Watson
Director, The Frederick Douglass Institute for Intercultural Research
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
421 North Walk
Leonard Hall, Room 110
Indiana, PA 15705-1015

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