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Campuses Crusade to Secure Prof. Biden


Jill Biden (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Everyone's job-seeking right now -- Democrats for the best slots in the new administration, Republicans angling for the good private-sector gigs, nonpartisans just trying to stay employed somewhere.

But one Washingtonian will have more offers than she can possibly consider: Jill Biden.

The soon-to-be second lady, a longtime community college instructor back home in Delaware, has repeatedly said she wants to continue teaching once she moves to D.C. And our area community colleges are clamoring to hire her.

Montgomery College sent Biden a letter after the election asking if she'd be interested in a job. "Our president mapped it out -- we're six-and-a-half miles away," spokeswoman Elizabeth Homan said. Northern Virginia Community College has had "some e-mail and telephone contact" about a Biden job, President Robert Templin told us. "She's not made any decisions that we're aware of, but we're continuing to express interest."

Allen Sessoms, president of the four-year University of the District of Columbia, has also reached out. He knew both Bidens during his time as president of Delaware State University, so "we figure we have an edge on everyone else," spokesman Gustavo Paredes said.

Hmm ... the perks of being the veep's wife? Certainly, school leaders are giddy about Biden's potential to draw attention to community colleges in general, and their campuses in particular. But more important: They actually need English instructors, they say. Montgomery has several openings for adjunct faculty in Biden's field -- a core requirement for the growing number of general-studies students, while NVCC is looking for English as a Second Language specialists for the growing number of immigrant students. "Though we've got a freeze on [non-teaching] positions, we're hiring additional faculty," Templin said.

So how do these jobs pay? At Montgomery, it's $2,700 per course, with most instructors handling one to three courses a semester.

By The Reliable Source  |  January 16, 2009; 1:04 AM ET
 
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