Frederick Douglass Institute

West Chester University

408 Francis Harvey Green Library
West Chester, Pennsylvania 19383
Phone: (610) 436-2766
Fax: (610) 436-2769

Frederick Douglass Summer Scholars Program


The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) is offering summer teaching opportunities to graduate students entering the final year of terminal degree and doctoral programs and preparing to be college teachers. These summer teaching positions are available at various PASSHE universities throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Selected scholars will teach and/or co-teach one course during one of the two 5 or 6 week Summer Sessions. The respective dates vary among each university but run from May thru August. At the discretion of individual campuses, Douglass scholar applications may be considered for full or partial year appointments.

In keeping with the spirit of Douglass’ life of public service, the Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholars Summer Program is designed to provide graduate students teaching experiences and potential employment opportunities within university settings that are strongly committed to cultural diversity.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applications from diverse candidates, especially candidates from historically under-represented groups who will enrich the cultural diversity of our Universities.

Minimum requirements are: Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Enrollment into a doctoral program required and ABD or current doctorate degree preferred; academic background in one of the fields taught; and at least three favorable letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals in the student’s field, including the student’s advisor. Preferred: experience teaching or as teaching assistant. Scholars will be compensated as adjunct faculty, according to each university’s collective bargaining agreement. Scholars may be expected to reside in on-campus residences or housing in an apartment that may be provided at no charge and to participate in campus activities. The appointment is for the scholar alone, not families, and scholars should have their own transportation.

You must submit your application and all required materials to the university of your choice directly. You may apply to more than one university if you so choose. Copies of transcripts will be accepted during the application review and interview process, but OFFICIAL transcripts are REQUIRED PRIOR TO FINAL APPOINTMENT.

Mailing address and contact information for the respective FDI campus programs:

Bloomsburg University of PA
Dr. Steven Ekema Agbaw - (570) 389-4828

Lock Haven University of PA
Mr. Albert Jones - (570) 484-2322

California University of PA
Dr. Caryl Sheffield - (724) 938-41359

Millersville University of PA
Mr. Minor W. Redmond, Jr - (717) 871-5344

East Stroudsburg University of PA
Dr. Patricia Graham - (570) 422-3451 or 3989

Slippery Rock University of PA
Dr. Christophas Walker - (724) 738-2615

Edinboro University of PA
Ms. Valerie Hayes - (814)732- 2167

West Chester University of PA
Dr. Chris Awuyah- (610) 436-2766

Indiana University of PA
Dr. Robert Millward - (724) 357-5593

Shippensburg University of PA
Provost Office - (717) 477-1371

Kutztown University of PA
Dr. Maria Sanelli - (610) 683-4448

Summer Scholars Application (PDF)