Frederick Douglass Scholars

Kristin Austin, Educational Leadership & College Student Affairs
Kristin Austin, EdD began her higher education career as an ACT 101/EOP bridge student. With the support of resources designed for “at-risk” students, Kristin graduated from Bloomsburg University with a degree in Social Work. The mentoring, learning, and leadership experiences from which Kristin benefitted during her undergraduate experience served as a catalyst for a career in higher education. Thus, Kristin also earned a Master’s degree in Counseling with a focus in College Student Affairs from Edinboro University. After 15 years of progressively responsible experiences in undergraduate and graduate admissions, academic advising, and new student orientation, Kristin transitioned into a faculty role within the College of Education at Bloomsburg University. Here, Kristin serves as a Frederick Douglass Faculty Fellow teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Educational Leadership and College Student Affairs.

Kristin’s professional interests and research foci include first-year experience, new student transition, enrollment management, college success for students deemed “under-prepared,” and parental involvement in college student life. To this end, Kristin’s dissertation was titled, “Parents as Partners, Not Pesters, in New Student Adjustment,” which culminated in earning an EdD in Higher Education Administration from Immaculata University. During her time as a Frederick Douglas Fellow, Kristin has presented her research at 2 national conferences, and more than 10 state and regional conferences. Further, she has been selected for awards at the state and national level through ACPA.

Kristin Austin

Brian Johnson, Communication Studies
Brian C. Johnson honors the struggles and accomplishments of the ordinary citizens who launched the Civil Rights Movement by committing himself personally and professionally to the advancement of multicultural and inclusive education.

He serves as a faculty member (Frederick Douglass Scholars Fellow) in the department of Communication Studies at Bloomsburg University. He is a founder of the Pennsylvania Association of Liaisons and Officers of Multicultural Affairs, a consortium that promotes best practices for diversity in higher education.

He earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in English from California University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in communications media and instructional technology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in December 2016. Brian is the co-author of Reel Diversity: A Teacher’s Sourcebook (2008), winner of the 2009 Phillip Chinn Book Award by the National Association for Multicultural Education and a revised edition in 2015, ,and We’ve Scene It All Before: Using Film Clips in Diversity Awareness Training (2009). His interest at the intersections of media and society have led him to author The Problematic Tyler Perry (2016) and Glee and New Directions for Social Change (2015; with Dan Faill). In 2016, he published Reel Big Bullies: Teaching to the Problem (with James Vines).

A novelist, Johnson published his debut The Room Downstairs in 2016 and is eagerly anticipating his sophomore project Send Judah First, slated for publication in August 2019.

Brian Johnson

Beverly Natividad, intercultural communication and public speaking

Natividad, professor of intercultural communication and public speaking, specializes in critical intercultural communication, critical media studies, globalism, labor migration and transnational feminism. She received her Ph.D. in communication studies, with a concentration in culture and communication, at the University of Denver (DU).

She also received the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Dissertation Fellowship from DU in 2010 for her dissertation, “Exploring Transnational Feminist Alliances between Privileged and Marginalized Women through Caring Work.” Her work examined narratives of a variety of Filipino migrant women involved in care giving fields, helping her study how different women work for social justice causes.

Beverly Natividad

Latonya Trotter, sociology

Trotter, a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University’s department of sociology, has a strong interest in how organization within the health care field affects the experiences of medical workers, especially women, racial minorities and the poor. For her dissertation, she is examining how the role of the nurse practitioner is changing the medical industry.

Through her research, she is investigating how nurse practitioners’ presence could re-define what is considered medical work, medical expertise and appropriate patient care. Through her work, she demonstrates how changes in the health care field not only alter worker identities, but can also affect how people understand what it means to be sick.

Latonya Trotter

Kristen Lewis - Frederick Douglass Scholar awarded discovery grant

Kristen Lewis, assistant professor of chemistry, has been awarded a grant of supercomputer time and storage from the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) program. XSEDE is a single virtual system that allows scientists access to supercomputers and high-end visualization and data analysis resources across the county.

XSEDE is a five-year, $121-million project supported by the National Science Foundation. Lewis was approved for a one-year startup allocation of 50,000 SUs (service units) on Comet, a supercomputing system housed at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), and 500GB of medium-term disk storage on Data Oasis, a data storage system also housed at SDSC.

Lewis is a computational chemist, one who studies the properties of chemicals through computer modeling. Specifically, she will be investigating the effects of hydroxyl group distribution on the stability, structure, and antioxidant activity of fullerenols – molecules related to “buckminsterfullerenes” (aka “Buckyballs”) — an important current research area in materials chemistry.

Kristen Lewis

Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholars

  • Ashley Belle — University of Maryland: EGGS department
  • Heather Ervin — Penn State : Mathematics Department
  • Kristen Lewis — Jackson State University: Chemistry Department
  • David Hanley-Tejeda — University of Illinois: Communications Department
  • Stephanie Parham — Tulane University: History Department
  • Carley Shinault — Howard University: Political Science Department
  • James Vines — Clemson University: Academic Enrichment
  • Michele Welliver — Penn State: Marketing Department