The University of California-Irvine (UCI) today announced that former Congressman John Campbell (R-Irvine) has been named visiting professor in UCI’s school of social science. And yes, I laughed too because my first question is “will John Campbell teach courses in running for office without actually campaigning” or “Being named ‘Legislator of the Year’ by the Irvine Chamber of Commerce for voting ‘No’ on everything.”
From UCI’s breathless announcement:
Former U.S. Rep. John B.T. Campbell III has been appointed the 2015-16 Dean’s Visiting Professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Previously held by former California Assemblyman Jose Solorio, the position involves teaching two undergraduate courses: The U.S. Congress and The American Legislator, the latter of which is a new class Campbell is developing for the spring quarter.
“The School of Social Sciences is all about marrying basic research with public impact,” said social sciences dean Bill Maurer. “And having that impact requires a deep understanding of the political process. We’re thrilled that Rep. Campbell has agreed to share his expertise on American politics as a visiting professor.”
Before serving in Congress from 2005 to earlier this year, Campbell was a California state senator from 2004 to 2005 and a California assemblyman from 2000 to 2004. In addition to teaching at UCI, he’ll make public presentations on campus and help the Department of Political Science and the Center for the Study of Democracy coordinate visits from distinguished guests.
“Rep. Campbell will bring the real world of state and national politics into our classrooms,” said Louis DeSipio, interim chair of political science. “Our students will learn how law is made from an experienced state and national legislator who can share practical examples from Sacramento and Washington. Rep. Campbell’s experiences will undoubtedly enrich our curriculum and help shape the career goals of some of our students.”
Other course Campbell could teach: “Bailing out failing industries you built your fortune on while voting no on any other bailout.” “Winning elections by never campaigning on issues.” And, “Losing your party’s endorsement and twisting arms until you get it again.” But the easiest class to take should just be, “Vote NO on anything Democrats do and YES on anything Republicans do.”
Campbell, famously known for making interns and staffers read Ayn Rand’s awful “Atlas Shrugged” novel and asking “Who is John Galt?” (answer, a fictional character) while suggesting America was going through an “Atlas Shrugged” experience. Students at UCI would be wise to agree with the Congressman on issues in exchange for that good grade