Jill Biden Is Planning a Full Teaching Load for the Fall

Still, the English professor's commitment may offer no clues about whether her husband ultimately mounts a late challenge against Hillary Clinton.

Dr. Jill Biden addresses the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House on February 25, 2013. ISP Pool Dennis Brack/Black Star

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While Vice President Joe Biden considers whether to run for president, his wife is preparing to teach a full course load this fall in her job as a professor at a Virginia community college.

Jill Biden is teaching five English classes at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria campus in the semester that begins next week, said NOVA spokeswoman Kathy Thompson. She will teach three English I classes and two classes of developmental English.

Biden’s teaching commitment may offer no clues about whether her husband ultimately mounts a late challenge against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination–a decision he’s expected to make next month. It does suggest that if the vice president, 72, decides to run, his wife’s availability to campaign alongside him may be somewhat limited.

Jill Biden, 64, has kept a fairly low public profile, even as she has co-led, with First Lady Michelle Obama, the Joining Forces initiative for military service members and their families and traveled internationally to promote various administration initiatives. Last month, she visited South Korea, Vietnam, Laos and Japan to promote opportunities for women and girls as well as military families.

She and the vice president, married since 1977, have been mourning since the death of Biden’s son Beau to brain cancer earlier this year. Beau's death, and his reported wish that his father seek a third bid for president, are among the factors the Bidens are weighing.

For years, Jill Biden has juggled her career as an educator with the responsibilities associated with her husband’s political life. She taught at a Delaware community college through the 2008 election. In October 2012, a Washington Post article described how she made it to his vice presidential debate in Kentucky after a full day of teaching during midterms. That year she juggled her course load with campaign requests for her to travel across the county to turn out female, suburban voters.