March 28th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
11 years ago

University of Chicago: Obama was a 'professor'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The University of Chicago said Friday Obama was considered a professor at the school."](CNN) - The University of Chicago said Friday Barack Obama accurately described himself as a onetime law professor at the school, despite the fact his formal title was "Senior Lecturer."

The university's statement comes after the Clinton campaign recently suggested on several occasions that the Illinois senator was embellishing his role at the school by calling himself a professor.

The campaign also sent out a press release quoting a 2004 Chicago Sun-Times column that stated of Obama's professor claim: "Several direct-mail pieces issued for Obama's primary campaign said he was a law professor at the University of Chicago. He is not. He is a senior lecturer (now on leave) at the school. In academia, there is a vast difference between the two titles. Details matter."

But in a statement, the university said its senior lecturers are considered professors.

"From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law School," the statement said.

"He was a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996. He was a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004, during which time he taught three courses per year. Senior Lecturers are considered to be members of the Law School faculty and are regarded as professors, although not full-time or tenure-track," it also said.

- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Peter Hamby

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. George, Los Angeles

    I'm sick of it all. I'm out! No Hillary. No Obama. McCain in 2008.

    March 28, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. papadibite

    Obama the Professor for President....lord have mercy...GO OBAMA '08

    March 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. lois

    Cindy, No, he just told a few fibs about not hearing the hate from his mentor and how close he was really was to Renkzo.

    March 28, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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