Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine will return to the University of Richmond to resume his teaching career in law and leadership studies after his term in office ends in January.

Kaine, a Harvard law graduate who also has served as mayor of Richmond and lieutenant governor, has accepted a joint appointment in the university’s School of Law and Jepson School of Leadership Studies. He will also have additional responsibilities in advancing the university’s strategic plan, The Richmond Promise.

Before his election to public office, Kaine taught law at Richmond, including courses in professional responsibility.

“I have always been a believer in the power of education, and I am thrilled to be rejoining the faculty of the University of Richmond this coming semester,” said Governor Kaine. “I look forward to contributing to the next generation of legal scholars and leaders, while helping the University of Richmond advance The Richmond Promise.”

“Our law school has a long tradition of educating lawyers for service in national, state and local government, in legislatures, in executive agencies and in the judiciary,” said law Dean John Douglass. “It is hard to imagine anyone better equipped than Gov. Kaine to help train the next generation of lawyers for those roles. He offers a breadth of experience in government and politics that will bring to life our students’ exploration of executive decision-making, legislative process and public policy issues that shape the formation and interpretation of law.

“Tim Kaine had an outstanding career as a practitioner, especially as a civil rights lawyer, before his years in politics. His broad practical understanding of law and his legal craftsmanship will make him both an effective teacher and a role model for the professional development of our students,” Douglass said.

Jepson School Dean Sandra Peart said Kaine will impart not only practical knowledge, but also inspiration to students at the country’s first degree-granting school of leadership studies.

“Students come to the Jepson School with dreams and ideas about how to improve their world. We take those ideas and help students understand how best to lead, to influence others in small and sometimes big ways,” Peart said. “Gov. Kaine will inspire and challenge Jepson students to use their enthusiasm and energy in principled ways.

“He has lived what we academics read and write about. He’ll blend ‘doing’ with ‘reflecting’ to help students understand the complexity of leadership ethics in the ‘real world,’ ” she explained.

Kaine’s first course will be offered at the Jepson School, during the spring semester. He will teach at the School of Law next fall.

The governor’s appointment to Richmond’s faculty is a part-time term appointment without tenure. He will teach one course a semester.