FDI Scholars in Residence

In keeping with Frederick Douglass' life of public service and commitment to equity and access, the Frederick Douglass Institutes of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education offers teaching opportunities to graduate students who are pursuing careers as university faculty and who are entering their final year of terminal degree and/or doctoral programs. More information...

James Gutierrez (2018-2019)

Beginning in Southern California as a composer/arranger/keyboardist, James' central mission is to realize the potential of music-learning and music-making as forces for social change, community building, and personal wellness. This mission led James to pursue a PhD at the University of California, San Diego in Integrative Studies of Music, while teaching at several institutions including UC San Diego, Azusa Pacific University, and the Hall-Musco Conservatory. His academic work, which blends music theory and musicology with cognitive psychology, has been published by the College Music Symposium and presented at conferences for the American Musicological Society, the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research, and others. James also operates in the non-profit sector to support underserved schools and communities through music, most recently partnering with refugee musicians in San Diego. Currently James is a Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholars Fellow at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and, when possible he enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and planning his wedding with his fiancé.

Bart Bailey (2017)

With more than two decades of management, supervisory, and training experience, Bart Bailey has dedicated his professional career to helping others overcome obstacles. A Pennsylvania native who grew up in the Washington D.C. area, Bailey graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, N.J., with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration. His compassion for his coworkers and a dedication to improving their workplace safety drove him to turn his focus to a career in improving performance and safety in companies. Bailey served as a process improvement leader for PPL Electric Utilities' Technical Development and Improvement Group and as a shift supervisor in PPL Electric Utilities' emergency operations department. While at PPL, Bailey trained employees in the areas of implicit and Unconscious Bias and facilitated training for employees on constructive culture and lean thinking. Bart is currently a diversity consultant for Cook Ross Inc and an adjunct instructor at William James College.

Ms. Judy Tallwing McCarthy (2015-2016)

Photo by Max RulzNative 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.

Dr. Pamela Thomas (2011)

Pamela 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.

Dr. Meredith Holladay (2010)

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.

Dr. Cheryl Homes (2009)

Dr. 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.

Dr. Nathaniel J. Williams (2008)

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.