ATLANTA, GA — After teaching for nearly 40 years at Emory University, former President Jimmy Carter has become a tenured professor at the private institution, Emory announced this week. With the honor, the 94-year-old Carter “becomes the first tenured faculty member at Emory to hold a Nobel Prize and the first tenured faculty member to have been a U.S. president,” the Atlanta school said in a statement.
Carter joined the university’s faculty in 1982, after serving as the 39th president of the United States from 1977 to 1981. A Democrat, he also served one term as the governor of Georgia before entering the White House.
“The principle undergirding tenure — which essentially means a continuous post as a professor — is to preserve academic freedom for those who teach and pursue research in higher education,” the university said in the statement.
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The former president and his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, established the Carter Center in a partnership with Emory. Over the years, the center has taken on humanitarian projects in more than 80 countries, including election monitoring, mediating conflicts, supporting human rights and fighting the spread of diseases like malaria.
In 2002, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in founding and running the Carter Center.
The university also posted an internet video this week in which Carter speaks with Emory University President Claire Sterk on a range of topics, including global warming and the 2020 presidential race, according to a CNN story.