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Rubio: The 69K professor



It's official. Marco Rubio can add "prof" to his resume. And he can add $69,000 to his bank account.

FIU just sent out a press release announcing that outgoing House Speaker Marco Rubio will join the university's Metropolitan Center as a Visiting Distinguished Service Professor. He's just the latest politico to enter academia. (Sen. Haridopolos is teaching at UF, on a nine-month, $75,000 contract).

“We are excited about the contribution that Speaker Rubio will make in teaching and research,” said FIU President Modesto A. Maidique. “Many of the nation’s premier schools of public policy regularly appoint political leaders who can bring their experience into the classroom.”

Rubio will teach a course called Florida Politics and the 2008 Election with FIU political science professor Dario Moreno.  Rubio will help develop the course and lectures and evaluate student.

His contract states that "at least half" of his salary will be raised through "extramural funding," like donations and contracts that Rubio helps bring in.

In the spring, Rubio will team up again with Moreno for a course titled Miami Politics. FIU officials say Rubio also will contribute to the Metropolitan Center’s Regional Affordable Housing project by conducting research and developing a proposal for better affordable housing.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:03am]


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