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.
Everybody saying that Obama lied about being a professor - can you please STFU now? (Especially NPR's Juan Williams, who I heard this morning on the the Diane Rehm show, during which Rehm read him that letter - and he still went on to imply that Obama lied. The very school where Obama taught says he was a professor - and Williams still calls him a liar.)
Juan Williams - you're a despicable idiot.