CHICAGO — Former University of Ilinois President Michael Hogan will be paid $285,100 to teach two history courses at the Springfield campus next year, one of them possibly online, under his employment arrangement with the UI.
A letter dated June 15 from interim UI Springfield Provost Lynn Pardie outlines Hogan's appointment as a Distinguished Professor of History, which took effect July 1.
Hogan, who resigned under fire, is on paid sabbatical for the 2012-13 school year. He is living in Ohio, working on writing and research projects, said UI spokesman Tom Hardy.
Beginning July 1, 2013, Hogan will be responsible for a minimum of two courses each academic year, with at least one to be on campus in 2013-14. Specific course assignments and the "method of delivery" will be determined by the department and college dean, the letter said.
Hogan is also expected to "pursue an active and productive scholarly research agenda and engage in professional service."'
He will be eligible for annual pay raises along with other faculty, the letter said.
The general terms had been outlined in the employment agreement Hogan negotiated with the university when he announced his resignation in March, but he had not yet chosen a campus for his teaching and research.
In a statement, Hogan said he chose the Springfield campus because of its access to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and its "international reputation for online learning."
That agreement said his teaching obligation had to be "appropriate to a full professor actively engaged in research and professional service."
Hardy said Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame, a Distinguished Professor of History in the same department at UI Springfield, has the same teaching load. Burlingame, who was hired three years ago, earned $103,000 in 2011-12.
Former UI President B. Joseph White, who resigned in September 2009 following the Category I admissions scandal, teaches two to three courses a year as a professor in the College of Business. His salary is $288,700.
Former Chancellor Richard Herman, who now lives in Chicago, resigned in October 2009 but still holds a faculty appointment at the Urbana campus, at $244,000 annually. He initially worked as a special assistant to then-President Stanley Ikenberry until June 2010, then worked on several STEM programs before taking a one-year sabbatical. He didn't teach any courses until this spring, when he was scheduled to teach a two-month online course on educational leadership and professional development.
Board of Trustees Chairman Chris Kennedy said Hogan's agreement sets out minimum requirements that are consistent with his tenure and academic standing as well as standards at other universities.
"If somebody has (achieved) a level of respect as a historian and scholar, outside of his presidential duties, this is what you get," Kennedy said, noting that Hogan is the "definitive historian" for the Truman years and Marshall Plan.
"Michael Hogan in his life has never done the minimum to get by. Some would say he's done too much," Kennedy added. "My belief is he will be a great asset to the Springfield campus, to our senior leadership team and to our development work."
UI Springfield Chancellor Susan Koch called Hogan "an accomplished scholar in history," adding, "we expect he will be a positive academic addition to our outstanding faculty.
Hogan was hired from the University of Connecticut in 2010 to replace White, who had resigned following the Category I admissions scandal.
Hogan quickly ran afoul of faculty, particularly at the Urbana campus, through his efforts to centralize some administrative functions and talk of a "one university" model.
Then his former chief of staff, Lisa Troyer, a colleague from UConn, resigned during an investigation into anonymous emails traced to her computer. The emails were sent to a faculty senate group studying Hogan's contentious plan to centralize some enrollment practices. She has denied sending the emails.
Those disclosures and others eventually led more than 200 prestigious faculty to call for Hogan's resignation. He officially stepped down July 1, but interim President Robert Easter had already taken over most of his duties, records show.
Troyer retained a faculty appointment in psychology when she stepped down from her $200,850-a-year administrative post in January. But she recently reached a $175,000 severance agreement with the UI, resigning her faculty post as of Aug. 15.