Former Mayor Marion Barry, convicted last year on a misdemeanor charge of possessing cocaine, may soon have a job teaching college students about criminal justice.

The University of the District of Columbia is planning to offer Barry a position in its Department of Criminal Justice teaching seniors studying public and social policy, says the department's chairman, Kelsey Jones.Jones said the offer still has to be approved by the dean of the university's College of Liberal Arts, its vice president for academic affairs and interim president Miles Mark Fisher IV.

But The Washington Post quoted sources at the university as saying officials already have signed off on the appointment.