SPRINGFIELD — The appointment of former University of Illinois President Michael Hogan as a history professor at the UI Springfield makes him the highest-paid employee on that campus.
Hogan, who made $651,000 as president, is now earning $285,100 a year as a professor, under a formula set when he was hired as president in 2010.
Only one other employee at UI Springfield earns more than $200,000, according to the UI's "gray book" of salaries. Vice President and Chancellor Susan Koch is listed at $220,000 annually. Former Chancellor Richard Ringeisen, who stepped down in October 2010, earned $281,705 as chancellor emeritus in 2011, but his appointment expired last November.
Hogan is spending a year on sabbatical, living in Ohio near family, and is scheduled to teach at UI Springfield starting in 2013-14.
He will be paid much more than other faculty in the history department, where only two of the 12 professors earn more than $100,000 (one of them a college dean). And he will have a lighter teaching load — two courses a year, compared with six for most faculty.
Salaries in Springfield typically lag those at the much larger Urbana and Chicago campuses. Urbana Chancellor Phyllis Wise, for example, earns $500,000, and more than a dozen history professors at the Urbana campus are above the $100,000 threshold.
The chairwoman of the UI Springfield history department, Professor Heather Bailey, said she doesn't anticipate any fallout and thinks faculty will welcome a scholar of Hogan's stature.
"Obviously his salary is not comparable with what we make," but the circumstances of his appointment were unique, Bailey said. "He's in a different spot.
"I think it's going to be a great opportunity for our students. I think he'll be a positive addition to the department."
Hogan, a noted historian and expert on post-World War II diplomacy, was granted a UI faculty appointment in the contract he signed in July 2010.
The contract stipulated that when he left office, his salary would be the average of the 10 highest-paid professors at the university, excluding faculty from the College of Medicine and College of Dentistry. When Hogan announced his decision to resign in March, after months of controversy, that number was determined to be $285,100.
Hogan was allowed to choose which campus to use as an academic base, and last week the UI announced he was joining the UI Springfield as a Distinguished Professor of History.
Hogan's salary is paid by university administration, rather than the Springfield campus, UI spokesman Tom Hardy said.
UI Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy said last week that Hogan's employment arrangement is typical for an academic scholar with his experience.
"You've got an individual who has been president of two major universities, provost of a third, executive dean of one of the biggest colleges of one of the biggest public universities in the country, and a 40-year academic career in which he's the recognized expert in his field," Hardy said. "All those things get taken into consideration."
The offer letter from Provost Lynn Pardie said Hogan will teach a minimum of two courses per year, including at least one on-campus in 2013-14. His teaching load was to be "appropriate to a full professor actively engaged in research and professional service."
The average teaching load in Springfield is three courses per semester, or six in a given academic year, faculty said. But Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame, also a Distinguished Pro- fessor of History at UI Springfield, has the same teaching load as Hogan, Hardy noted. Burlingame, who was hired three years ago, earned $103,000 in 2011-12.
Hogan's employment arrangement is comparable with ex-UI President B. Joseph White's, now a business professor at the Urbana campus. White, who stepped down in 2009 after the Category I admissions scandal, teaches two to three courses and is working on a book on leadership. He earns $288,700, with $186,400 paid by the president's office and $102,300 by the College of Business. The average salary for full professors in business is $198,175.
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 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. His salary is paid by the chancellor's office.
Bailey said officials haven't determined exactly what Hogan will teach, but she's confident they will find "courses that suit his interests and meet the needs of our students." The department has another professor who studies 20th-century U.S. diplomatic history, but it's distinct from Hogan's work, she said.
Hogan is expected to pursue "an active and productive scholarly research agenda and engage in professional service," according to the offer letter from Pardie.
"He has a very impressive scholarly record. I'm sure he's going to continue to build on that," said Bailey, who studies 19th-century European history. "To me, this is kind of an exceptional case. We'll leave it to the administration to determine the logistics."
Hogan has said he is working on several books while on sabbatical. He told The News-Gazette last month he plans to finish an edited volume on the historiography of U.S. foreign relations and later a second volume on "conceptual approaches to the study of international relations." He is also working on a book on John F. Kennedy. Hogan has written and edited numerous influential books and anthologies on the Cold War, the Marshall Plan and Presidents Harry S. Truman, Herbert Hoover and Dwight Eisenhower.
Hogan said last week that he chose Springfield because of its access to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and its international reputation for online learning.
Barbara Hayler, professor emerita of criminal justice, said the teaching expectations in Springfield are different from those at the Urbana and Chicago campuses, which are large research institutions.
"Some of the faculty there devote most or all of their time to research projects, but at UIS the primary responsibility of every faculty member, regardless of the specific nature of their appointment, is teaching, which includes advising and mentoring," she said.
"I would hope that Dr. Hogan has the enthusiasm and the desire and the commitment needed to help us fulfill those expectations," Hayler said.
Kathy Jamison, professor of communication and vice chairwoman of the Springfield campus senate, expects the faculty to welcome Hogan as a colleague.
She said professors appreciated the interest Hogan showed in the Springfield campus as president. He seemed to understand its strengths and unique identity as a small campus and newest member of the UI system, she said.
"So that's a very good start," Jamison said.