Dr. Jill Biden Joins NOVA Faculty
January 28, 2009
Dr. Jill Biden, life-long educator and wife of Vice President Joseph Biden, has joined the faculty at the Alexandria Campus where she will teach two English courses during the spring semester.
“I am thrilled to return to the classroom to continue working with community college students, whom I greatly admire and enjoy teaching,” Biden said. “I have always believed in the power of community colleges to endow students with critical life skills and I am pleased that I can make a difference by doing what I love to do, teaching people who are excited to learn.”
Biden has been a teacher for more than 28 years, having spent 15 years teaching English composition at Delaware Technical and Community College. Prior to that, she worked as a reading specialist and English teacher in the Delaware public school system.
While working full-time and raising a family, Biden earned two master’s degrees: a master’s degree in English from Villanova University in 1987 and a master’s degree in reading from West Chester University in 1981. Biden earned a doctorate in education from the University of Delaware in 2007. Her dissertation focused on how to retain students in community colleges.
In addition to her work as a professor, Biden recognizes the critical importance of quality education to the nation’s economic well-being and to our communities, and will continue to work to elevate these issues in the coming months.
How did Biden choose NOVA? When Division Dean Jim McClellan learned Biden might be moving to the area and wanted to continue teaching, he reached out to her. After several discussions and a couple of campus visits (with Secret Service inspections), this experienced teacher is back in the classroom, using her talents to help NOVA students achieve success. And the rest, as McClellan might tell his students, is history.
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