Joe Biden is here talking about how he became a professor, despite him not teaching any classes. He was also paid over $900,000 for his role at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). Biden was hired by the school as a professor, but he didn't actually teach any classes. It's suggested that Biden was hired and paid to have the clout of a former Vice President attached to their school
I guess prestige comes at a high price.
Last July, one of the main news outlets in Philadelphia raised some eyebrows on Penn paying Biden over $900,000 and wanted the public to know he wasn't teaching - so what was Biden doing to "earn" all that money?
Apparently it was mostly appearances and such, but no teaching of regular classes - again, despite him being listed as a professor on their website.
From the Inquirer:
The former vice president collected $371,159 in 2017 plus $540,484 in 2018 and early 2019 for a vaguely defined role that involved no regular classes and around a dozen public appearances on campus, mostly in big, ticketed events.
Penn’s payments to Biden raised eyebrows and questions among some in the community when they were revealed this week as part of the financial disclosures for his presidential campaign. The average salary for a Penn professor was $217,411 in the 2017-18 academic year, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Biden’s official title was the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor — the first person to hold that job — and he also lent his name to the school’s effort to expand its footprint on international affairs.
His public appearances over that two-year stretch included three Q-and-As with Penn president Amy Gutmann, panel discussions on immigration and cancer, a talk about his book, a lecture to a Wharton class, and public conversations with former Mexico President Felipe Calderon and former United Kingdom Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, according to a tally by the student newspaper, the Daily Pennsylvanian. Those events, of course, don’t include more private work Biden may have done on the school’s behalf.
This is Joe Biden's profile page on Penn's website.
Professor's usually teach, right?Source: asc