Former House Speaker Paul Ryan to teach at University of Notre Dame

(WKOW) — Former House Speaker Paul Ryan is going back to school.

He’s going to join the faculty at the University of Notre Dame as a professor and guest lecturer in political science and economics.

Ryan is expected to start this fall for the 2019-2020 academic year.

He retired from Congress at the end of its last session after serving as a Republican representative for Wisconsin’s first congressional district and the 54th House speaker.

In a news release, Professor David Campbell said Ryan will be guest-lecturing on the fundamentals of American government, the current state of political polarization, and Catholicism and economics, among other topics.

Ryan also will be delivering an address at a conference hosted by Notre Dame’s Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy.

The University said Ryan has his own connection to Notre Dame, where his brothers Stan and Tobin earned their bachelor’s degrees in economics.

They added that Ryan has visited Notre Dame many times over the years and now looks forward to getting directly involved with its students and faculty.

“As an Irish Catholic from the Midwest, the University of Notre Dame has always held a special place in my heart,” Ryan said in the release. “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.”

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