Prof. Biden Reports for Duty
And the winner is ... Northern Virginia Community College, where Jill Biden started teaching yesterday.
The vice president's wife, who spent more than two decades working in Delaware schools, was wooed by a number of local community colleges eager for her expertise and star power. The question wasn't whether she would continue teaching -- the question was where.
She'll be an adjunct professor at NVCC's Alexandria campus and spend about 10 hours a week teaching two classes this semester: Developmental English and English as a Second Language, something the school needs for its growing number of immigrant students. Each class has about two dozen students and meets twice a week, Biden spokeswoman Courtney O'Donnell told our colleague Philip Rucker.
O'Donnell said that Biden would be paid the "standard salary" for an adjunct professor with her experience. From what we could tell on NVCC's Web site, adjuncts earn $730 to $862 per credit hour; most courses are three to five credits.
"I have always believed in the power of community colleges to endow students with critical life skills," Biden said in a statement. "I am pleased that I can make a difference by doing what I love to do, teaching people who are excited to learn."
Biden managed to teach both courses before the snow shut the campus in midafternoon. And yes: As second lady, she's accompanied everywhere by a small security detail, but it won't be in the classroom.
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