Summer Scholars Program

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.

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 through 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.

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

University FDI Rep. Rep. Phone Number Rep. Email
Bloomsburg University of PA Dr. Steven Ekema Agbaw 570-389-4828
California University of PA Dr. Caryl Sheffield 724-938-4135
East Stroudsburg University of PA Dr. Patricia Graham 570-422-3451 or 570-422-3989
Edinboro University of PA Ms. Valerie Hayes 814-732-2167
Indiana University of PA Dr. Robert Millward 724-357-5593
Kutztown University of PA Dr. Maria Sanelli 610-683-4448
Lock Haven University of PA Mr. Albert Jones 570-484-2322
Millersville University of PA Mr. Minor W. Redmond, Jr 717-871-5344
Slippery Rock University of PA Dr. Christophas Walker 724-738-2615
West Chester University of PA Dr. Tracey Ray Robinson (610) 436-2433,
Shippensburg University of PA Provost Office 717-477-1371