Obama a law school professor?
by politicsmatters, Fri Mar 28, 2008 at 09:43:13 AM EDT
The other day, there was a diary claiming that Obama had made a big misstatement because he called himself a professor based on having taught at the University of Chicago law school, one of the top law schools in the country.
I and others argued that this was not a problem because he was attributing to himself the rank of full Professor, but was using the term more generically.
Now the University of Chicago has weighed in. As you see, they think he is perfectly entitled to be called a professor.
Please feel free to forward this to whoever you think should see this.
"The Law School has received many media requests about Barack Obama, especially about his status as "Senior Lecturer."
From 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law School. 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. The title of Senior Lecturer is distinct from the title of Lecturer, which signifies adjunct status. Like Obama, each of the Law School's Senior Lecturers have high-demand careers in politics or public service, which prevent full-time teaching. Several times during his 12 years as a professor in the Law School, Obama was invited to join the faculty in a full-time tenure-track position, but he declined."