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FDI Scholars in Residence

Applicants for the FDI Scholar in Residence program should have a demonstrated record of leadership, social involvement and commitment to diversity in education. Scholars typically teach classes, do collaborative scholarship and service during their time at Kutztown University. A program is uniquely designed to match the needs of the university to the professional interests of the scholar. FDI Scholars-in Residence visit the campus for a week during the semester or a five week period in the summer. Most often, this program offers teaching positions to graduate students preparing to become college professors. Applicants for the FDI Scholar in Residence program should have a demonstrated record of leadership, social involvement and commitment to diversity in education.

2015 Scholar, Ms. Judy Tallwing McCarthy

Judy Tallwing, artist, in Native Dress Photo by Max Rulz

Native American artist and tribal elder Judy Tallwing-McCarthey is of Apache, Tewa, and African-American heritage. Born in Arizona, she was a former advocate for equal rights. She resides in her home in Baltimore, Maryland, where she experienced renewed creative vision and artistic passion. She has been painting for more than 60 years. Judy is a medicine woman who paints the stories told to her as a child. She uses the knowledge taught her by her maternal grandmother to infuse depth and energy into her paintings. Her hope is to add "more good medicine" to the planet.

Please click here to see Ms. Tallwing's March, 2015 Schedule at Kutztown University: click here

2011 Scholar, Dr. Pamela Thomas

Dr. Pamela Thomas PhotoPamela Thomas, currently a child welfare administrator, has spent the last twenty years working in the human service field. She has served as a counselor and facilitator working with several social service agencies providing interventions for at-risk youth. Pamela began her career in 1986 employed as a social worker within the Philadelphia School District where she discovered her initial passion for youth.

In 1987 she became a Certified Addictions Counselor for several agencies in Philadelphia and became very involved in the field of recovery and addictions. She later became a Trainer for various agencies educating their staff and clinicians on topics such as Ethics, Diversity, Drug/Alcohol Addiction, HIV/AIDS, etc. Pamela then earned her Masters Degree in the area of Human Services from Lincoln University and began teaching courses at Camden County College as well as within Temple University's Pan-African Studies Community Education Program.

Pamela continued to enhance her skills and received her certification in 2001 as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She used those skills in her passion of assisting at-risk and adjudicated youth. She is also currently a member of the Correctional Education Association, the American Correctional Association, both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Prison Society's and the American Education Research Association where in some capacities she continues her roles in leadership.

Pamela continues at present to provide workshops for students and parents designed to preserve individual interests while strengthening relationships and building connections between individuals with diverse backgrounds, and to create processes that make communities work for everyone involved.

2010 Scholar, Dr. Meredith Holladay

Meredith Holladay

Dr. Meredith Holladay was the KU FDI scholar-in-residence the summer of 2010. She taught the philosophy of religion summer classes for the KU Philosophy Department, co-wrote an article about the History of Protest Music with Drs. Sanelli and Rodriquez, and delivered a series of lectures on a variety of topics. After leaving KU, Meredith finished her Ph.D., taught at Bloomsburg and Baylor Universities, and now is a minister residing in Kansas. She also has an M.Div. graduate from Princeton Theological School.



2009 Scholar, Dr. Cheryl Homes

Dr. Holmes PhotoDr. Holmes is a 2005 recipient of the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Sociology from Boston College. Her dissertation examines the commonalities and the differences between the Sacred Christ-centered and the Secular Assertive life practices.

Dr. Holmes is a result oriented restorative justice advocate and educator deeply committed to the implementation of cutting-edge instructional technologies and strategies that enhance independent and institution based educational programs.

She is a first generation professional of working class parents who specializes in the design and implementation of workshops, courses and programs ensuring timely academic and career success of disenfranchised and first generation students.

Dr. Holmes dedicates her time to research and practice advancing: human capital asset development leading to individual and community empowerment. A talented lyricist and vocalist, in 2005, Dr. Holmes secured extramural funding from the Boston Commission for Public Health to design and implement a youth led, adult supported entrepreneurial, violence prevention, performing arts summer project.

She collaboratively accesses resources necessary to provide social adjustment and enrichment opportunities that inspire and/or augment leadership development. She is the recipient of the Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship for PhD study, the Harvard University Middle Management Administrative Fellowship and the 2008 Frederick Douglass Institute Summer Teaching Scholar appointment at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

2008 Scholar, Dr. Nathaniel J. Williams

Dr. Nathaniel Williams

Dr. Williams' journey from orphan and foster child to Doctor of Education, nonprofit founder, and author has been both challenging and rewarding. Dr. Williams has proven that success can be attained when a person possesses commitment, tenacity, and integrity. In his career, he has fulfilled a multitude of roles, including direct care worker, foster parent, house parent, entrepreneur, nonprofit and for-profit organization founder, Chief Executive Officer, adjunct professor, scholar-in-residence, talk show host, and internatinal motivational speaker.

Dr. Williams is the creator and sponsor for the Walking in the Shoes Of... Program for the Kutztown UNiversity Frederick Douglass Institute. He has gracously donated his time and monies to fund our road trips and FDI Walking in the Shoes Of (WITSO) luncheon.

For information about Dr. Nathaniel J. Williams click here