Former House Speaker and 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has accepted a position as a member of the faculty at the University of Notre Dame.

Ryan will guest lecture political science and economics courses. Besides Ryan’s 20 years in Congress, he received a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Ohio’s Miami University. (Campus Reform)

Notre Dame announced Ryan’s new role Monday in a press release. David Campbell, chair of the Notre Dame Political Science Department, said that “the study of political science is strengthened when students hear from people with real-world policy and political experience” and that “having former officials in the classroom provides important insights for students — an opportunity to put the theories we study to the test.”

The Political Science Department also shared an article from the South Bend Tribune to its Facebook page announcing Ryan’s new role. 

Ryan shared his own thoughts on his new job in the university’s release, stating, “as an Irish Catholic from the Midwest, the University of Notre Dame has always held a special place in my heart. It is an honor to be part of a University where Catholic principles, robust debates, academic freedoms, and diverse viewpoints are allowed to flourish. As much as I hope to impart as a lecturer, I know that I will learn a tremendous amount from Notre Dame’s remarkable students as we discuss the big challenges before our nation and collaborate on how best to address them,” he said. 

The announcement has thus far been met with mixed reviews from members of the university community, some of whom shared their thoughts about the announcement on social media.  

Prior to being elected Speaker of the House, Ryan chaired both the powerful House Budget and Ways and Means committees.

In 2017, Ryan played a prominent role in passing Republican tax reform.

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