SOUTH BEND - The University of Notre Dame has announced former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan will join the faculty as a professor of the practice for the 2019-20 academic year. Ryan will act as a guest lecturer in political science and economics. 

Former U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly and former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough previously held professor-of-the-practice appointments as well.

The university says the appointments bring experience from the senior-most levels of government, providing Notre Dame students with unique hand-on experience.

“The study of political science is strengthened when students hear from people with real-world policy and political experience,” said David Campbell, Packey J. Dee professor of American Democracy and chair of the Department of Political Science at Notre Dame, in a news release. “Having former officials in the classroom provides important insights for students — an opportunity to put the theories we study to the test.”

Ryan is slated to guest-lecture on the fundamentals of American government, the current state of political polarization and Catholicism and economics, among other topics.