Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed about future first lady Jill Biden urging her to remove her title as “Dr.”
The op-ed received overwhelming backlash, and former coworkers, educators, and politicians have rallied in support of the future first lady, who earned a doctorate in education in 2007 from the University of Delaware.
On Twitter, future Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff wrote that “this story would never have been written about a man.” Leaders, like Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, also came to Jill Biden’s defense.
On Sunday, Jill Biden tweeted, “together, we will build a world where the accomplishments of our daughters will be celebrated, rather than diminished.”
On Rate My Professors, a site where students can leave feedback about their classes and teachers, Jill Biden is overwhelmingly referred to as “Dr. B” and “Dr. Biden” and respected for her care for her class and her grading style.
In her decades of teaching, Jill Biden has collected over 70 reviews on Rate My Professors
For more than three decades, Jill Biden was a writing instructor at a Delaware Technical Community College.
In 2009, Jill Biden started teaching at Northern Virginia Community College as an adjunct professor in English when her husband took office as the vice president. Jill Biden has plans to continue to teach when Joe Biden becomes president, and she’ll make history as the first-ever first lady to hold a full-time job while in the White House.
Decades in education has left a lengthy track record of Jill Biden’s teaching style.
At Northern Virginia Community College, the English educator earned an overall score of 3.9 out of 5 on her Rate My Professors page at the time of writing. Almost 60% of reviewers wrote they would take her class again, and her difficulty rating is a 3.4.
More than 15 reviewers call her “Dr. B” or “Dr. Biden,” and not a single one discusses her earned title.
The review that’s seen as “most helpful” on the site dates back to 2018:
“Dr. Biden is a wonderful teacher. She has taught me a lot in English 111. You should definitely take her,” a former student wrote.
A huge chunk of reviews warn future students that Jill Biden is a ‘very tough grader’
Several reviewers mention Jill Biden’s tough grading.
“Good teacher, but a very tough grader. Be ready to grind to pass the class,” one reviewer emphasized.
Some who thought she was a tough grader still enjoyed her class and appreciated the challenge.
“Loved her class! Dr. B is an amazing professor,” one person wrote. “She gives tough criticism, but it’s exactly what you’ll need to improve your writing skills. I’ve improved a lot, thanks to her class!”
A majority of the reviews are positive and heartwarming
“AMAZING professor. She really cares about each and every one of her students. She has a big heart and a passion for education. Thank you so much for being the best teacher EVER Dr. Biden!” someone wrote shortly after President-elect Joe Biden won.
“Dr. Biden was literally my favorite professor. With all she has going on, she made time to stay after class to assist with anything we needed help with,” someone else posted.
Even reviewers who said they hated English said they learned to love Jill Biden’s class: “I absolutely hate English. But she made it applicable to work and life. … She challenges you to become a better a writer and to have an open mind. She’s made a point to know her students. Truly enjoyed her class, definitely recommend her,” one student wrote.
Students will likely continue to find Jill Biden inspirational
Seven reviewers called Jill Biden inspirational, and one former student wrote, “Dr. Biden is an excellent professor who is inspirational in all ways.”
A review dating back to 2011 said, “I hope everyone is lucky enough to have her as a professor.”
In an op-ed for Business Insider, Nazila Jamshidi, a graduate of Northern Virginia Community College, wrote that Jill Biden’s work and title of doctor served as an inspiration to her and other students to aim high with their educational goals.
“In her journey as First Lady, Dr. Biden, using her proper title, will become an even more powerful and inspirational role model for women and girls,” Jamshidi wrote. “Through people like her, we can all learn that an education is something no one can take away from you, no matter how misogynistic an op-ed they write.”
Editor’s note: Rate My Professors does not require reviewers to verify if they’ve taken the classes they review. Representatives for Jill Biden did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.