January 27th, 2009
04:06 PM ET
11 months ago

Jill Biden begins teaching at DC-area community college

Jill Biden will continue to teach at a DC-area community college.
Jill Biden will continue to teach at a DC-area community college.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Jill Biden is back in the classroom: The veteran professor and wife of Vice President Jill Biden began a new job at a DC-area community college Tuesday.

The White House said that Mrs. Biden will teach two English courses this semester as an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College.

Biden has taught English in public schools and community colleges for nearly three decades, half of that at Delaware Technical & Community College.


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  1. Peter (CA)

    PhD....she should be commended for that alone in what seems to be becoming an anti-education country. Good for her.

    Roy....it is actually a blessing. If enough of the Palin threads have few to no comments, maybe we will finally rid ourselves of that overblown poor excuse for a candidate.

    January 27, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. RealityKing

    Funny how that same 30 years of progressive experience also represents the period our education system declined dramatically. Well.., not so funny for the majority of the students.

    January 27, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. Arjy, MN

    Good job Dr. Jill Biden. Those are the things that we want from our leaders not other wise...........

    January 27, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. IndyVoter

    I really like Jill. She just seems ....well, nice. Not something you see too often in the belt-way.

    January 27, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  5. IndyVoter

    Big Al,

    Have you ever taught college? taught anything besides your local boy-scout troop? Its not as easy as it may look and sound. With comments like yours, we apparently need as many educators as we can get.

    January 27, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  6. Community College Awareness

    Jill Biden should be admired – both for the work she does, and the choices she's made. Community colleges are the wave of the future. They're where the real action will be, for higher education in America. And Jill Biden is an example of where forward-thinking American leaders are headed.

    January 27, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. Sammy

    Well Monk, Jill Biden's position should be publicized for the simple reason of showing that community college professors have just as much educational value as those in 5 year schools.

    January 27, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. Jan Illinois

    Amazing, They must have had a job opening just in the nic-of -time. This is what we talk about, unfairness in goverment.

    January 27, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. Rorschach

    @Big Al, January 27th, 2009 5:19 pm ET who spluttered...

    "Yawn!! Ph. D in Education. What a waste!"

    - Well, "Big" Al, I can only imagine that your level of education peaked with "smoking out behind the high school shop building". But that's OK, you're a fine representative of the typical Republican voter. Now tell me how Caribou Barbie's five-college-in-six-years for a BA in journalism is infinitely superior. You know you want to...

    January 27, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  10. EVOLVE

    ITS NICE TO HAVE US VP'S WIFE THAT HAS A PH.D. MAYBE THE REPUBLICANS CAN FIND ONE! HA HA THEY COULDN'T EVEN FIND A FEMALE OR A MINORITY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN THE PRIMARY. TO MANY WHITE ELITE MALES THAT DON'T REPRESENT AMERICA!!

    January 27, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. tess

    watch this pretty woman, she is going to be a breath of fresh air (sort of in the goldie hawn mode) i think i'm really going to like her!

    January 27, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  12. Jacob

    I think that it is awesome that a woman with such high rank is teaching at the local level. She obviosly does not need to have that job but she does anyway. That really shows something about her character and about how much she cares about or childrens education and future.

    January 27, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  13. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    I'm so happy to hear this news. I teach psychology at Columbia State Community College in Tennessee and I am happy to see a member of the Obama Administration supporting community colleges.

    I believe that the Obama education team should do more to support community colleges. Community colleges are essential to higher education in this great nation. Let's hope Obama does not forget this.

    January 27, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  14. Dan

    "The White House said that Mrs. Biden will teach two English courses this semester as an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College."

    It's Dr. Biden

    January 27, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. listen

    funny picture.

    January 27, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  16. jason

    "Amazing, They must have had a job opening just in the nic-of -time. This is what we talk about, unfairness in goverment."

    yeah, god forbid jill biden get a job.

    January 27, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  17. Pat

    I thought she was a Dr. of Medicine! In the media she was just refered to as Dr. Biden.

    January 27, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  18. Naomi

    I love Jill Biden. She has made a great choice to go back to teaching. Very impressive. !!!!

    January 27, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  19. Texas Teacher

    Now I would much rather hear this news than the Palin garbage.. I spit up in my mouth just to see it.... had I read it.... I would have barfed!

    January 27, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  20. Jenna

    So, umm... where will the Secret Service sit?

    January 27, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  21. legal in nc

    I wonder what persons job was taken from them to give priority to Jill Biden? As precious as jobs are right now you know there was not just an opening. Would the college have done this for anyone else?

    Seems like once again the politicians (and spouses) are being shown favoritism!

    January 27, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  22. Shelley

    I am a community college administrator and I have worked for twenty years in the two year public college system. We, who work in the community college system love our students and we completely understand Jill's reluctance to move to a four year institution. There is a magic in the two year college and an especially rewarding interaction with students trying to better their lives through education. You go Jill. You make us proud. Thanks for shining the light on us.

    January 27, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  23. Stacey, California

    I agree we should apply the proper title before her name. It's not like it took her 5 years to otbain a certificate in journalism like som–say Palin.

    Great job, Dr. Jill Biden. Keep setting a good example for future wives of VP's.

    January 27, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  24. Otto

    So many negative comments on this subject. One question for you folks: When was the last time a VP wife taught and more so in a community college? Oh man...give her credit will ya! she don't have to work if she does not want to. Good grief...

    January 27, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  25. Daniel from California!

    Wow Dr. Bidden rules!
    And Sarah Palin drools!!!!!

    January 28, 2009 04:36 am at 4:36 am |
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