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Celebrity Professors: Which Colleges Nabbed Some This Year?

First Posted: 01/07/11 11:20 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:25 PM ET

Those who prescribe to the old adage "those who can't do, teach," will have to think again -- this year, a slew of writers, politicians and even celebrities have joined the ranks of the professoriate.

Following in the footsteps of Jimmy Carter, Maya Angelou and Spike Lee are the most recent crop of celebrity professors -- check them out below.

Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comments section.

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  • Wyclef Jean

    Rapper and Haiti activist <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2010/10/05/2010-10-05_wyclef_jean_will_be_a_visiting_fellow_at_brown_university_to_work_with_haiti_ini.html" target="_hplink">Wyclef Jean</a> is a visiting fellow in the department of Africana Studies at Brown University for 2010-2011.

  • Richard Ford

    Novelist and Pulitzer-Prize recipient Richard Ford <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/05/richard-ford-to-teach-at-_n_804942.html" target="_hplink">will be teaching</a> graduate level writing classes at the University of Mississippi this fall.

  • Arlen Specter

    The former senator will <a href="http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/04/arlen-specter-to-teach-at-law-school/?src=twt&twt=nytimespolitics" target="_hplink">join the faculty of U Penn's law school</a>, where he will teach a class on the relationship between the Supreme Court and Congress.

  • Lawrence Summers

    The former Director of the National Economic Council will <a href="http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2011/01/lawrence-summers-to-return-to.html" target="_hplink">return to Harvard</a>, where he served as president and later as a professor, to continue teaching in 2011.

  • Russ Feingold

    Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold will <a href="http://dailycaller.com/2011/01/05/former-sen-feingold-will-be-a-professor-at-marquette-law-school/" target="_hplink">start teaching</a> at Marquette University Law School in the spring, where he will teach a class called Current Legal Issues: The U.S. Senate.

  • Judith Butler

    Post-structuralist philosopher Judith Butler will leave her post at UC Berkeley and start <a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/culture/2010/11/760690/professor-trouble-post-structuralist-star-judith-butler-headed-columb" target="_hplink">teaching at Columbia University</a> in the fall of 2011.

  • Mario Vargas Llosa

    The 2010 Nobel Laureate in literature spent this past fall semester as a visiting lecturer in creative writing at <a href="http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S28/64/51C33/index.xml?section=topstories" target="_hplink">Princeton</a>.

  • Todd Rundgren

    Rock and Roller Todd Rundgren (of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsezr0qiFIc" target="_hplink">Hello It's Me</a> fame) <a href="http://www.spinner.com/2010/09/10/todd-rundgren-indiana-university-professor/" target="_hplink">taught for two weeks last semester</a> at Indiana University.

  • Bun B

    Rapper Bun B of hiphop duo UGK landed a <a href="http://hiphopwired.com/2010/10/20/bun-b-confirms-teaching-class-at-rice-university-photo/" target="_hplink">teaching gig at Rice University</a>, where he will be co-instructing a course on hip hop and religious studies next semester. (Thanks for the tip, rbkilla20!)

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