Former Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr. has been appointed visiting professor of public policy at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and will teach a class on American political leadership.
Mr. Ford, who spent a decade in Congress before running unsuccessfully for a Senate seat last year, will lead a seminar titled “Foundations of American Political Leadership” for undergraduates during the spring semester, which began last week.
Mr. Ford, who earned a bachelor’s degree in U.S. history from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree from the University of Michigan, served five terms in the House of Representatives. He was a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of centrist and fiscally conservative Democrats.
“Vanderbilt is a world-class university, and I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to teach at this wonderful place,” Mr. Ford said. “Now, more than ever, students need to be engaged in deciding the direction of the country. I hope the students who take my class will come away from the experience understanding the vital role they play in deciding the kind of leadership that leads the nation.”