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Frederick Douglass Institute

Inspired by Frederick Douglass, former slave and statesman who visited Cal U in 1885, the Frederick Douglass Institute is a catalyst to institutionalize multiculturalism and promote diversity throughout the Cal U community. It aims to further understand the past, support advancement and achievement in the present, and prepare for a more inclusive future.

The Frederick Douglass Institute:

  • Encourages scholarly research and publication studying the importance of multiculturalism with special emphasis on race, gender and liberty.
  • Incorporates multiculturalism, with particular emphasis on race, gender and liberty, throughout the University and its academic curricula.
  • Supports research and scholarly activities that pursue Frederick Douglass' concerns for a diverse and free society.
  • Encourages leadership development to enable students to carry out the principles and ideals of Frederick Douglass.

The Institute is composed of more than 40 esteemed members of the Cal U faculty and administration. Working through subcommittees, the Institute sponsors a full range of events including annual Black History Month events and the Visiting Scholars Program.

Douglass Scholars

The Frederick Douglass Institute Visiting Scholars Program provides graduate students with teaching experience and the opportunity to explore employment possibilities with the University. Douglass Scholars teach two courses per semester and participate in department and University-wide activities.

Applicants must demonstrate commitment to issues of race, gender and liberty. Qualifications include U.S. citizenship, ABD (or in the final stages of completion of the appropriate terminal degree for the field) and an academic background in any of the disciplines taught at the University, including art, sociology, history, business, social work, education, science and economics. Appointment is at the assistant professor level.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, three letters of recommendation (including one from research adviser) and resume by December 5th, 2016 to the Frederick Douglass Institute at California University of Pennsylvania.

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Frederick Douglass Institute
Dr. Ayanna Llyes, PhD, ATC - Director
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 14
250 University Avenue
California, PA 15419

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Randy Tillmutt plays the keyboard
Randy Tillmutt, visiting scholar for Cal U's Frederick Douglass Institute. 

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