Research and Innovation Advisory Council

The Research and Innovation Advisory Council (RIAC) provides insight and counsel to the Vice President for Research and Innovation Partnerships (VP-RIPs) regarding the research, scholarly, innovative, and creative activities of NIU faculty and staff. General functions of the RIAC are: 

Communications

The Council will facilitate information sharing and promote constructive dialogue between RIPs and research community stakeholders.

Consultation

As needed, the VP-RIPs will consult with the Council on issues relevant to the operation, safety, and development of the university research enterprise. Many such requests will be accompanied by an explicit charge. Areas of consultation may include and are not limited to:

  • Advice about areas of research, scholarly activity, innovation and creative work that should be a target of university investment;
  • Identification, evaluation, and recommendation of solutions to issues that inhibit faculty productivity; or
  • Advice regarding specific policy, safety, and procedural research issues.

Faculty

Melissa Adams-Campbell

Melissa Adams-Campbell

Associate Professor
Department of English

See Melissa's faculty page

 

Natalie Andzik

Associate Professor
Department of Special and Early Education

See Natalie's faculty page

 

Julie Crouch

Julie Crouch

Director
Center for the Study of Violence and Sexual Assault

See Julie's faculty page

 

Justin Dodd

Associate Professor
Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment

See Justin's faculty page

 

Melani Duffrin

Melani Duffrin

Professor
Department of Interdisciplinary Health Professions

See Melani's faculty page

 


Mike Eads

Associate Professor
Department of Physics

See Mike's faculty page

 

Tom Gilbert

Tom Gilbert

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

See Tom's faculty page

 

Bárbara González

Associate Dean for Academic Administration
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

See Bárbara's faculty page

 

Jim Horn

Jim Horn

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry

See Jim's faculty page

 

Jessica LaBatte

Jessica LaBatte

Assistant Professor
School of Art and Design

See Jessica's faculty page

 


Kathryn Mazurek

Assistant Professor

See Kathryn's faculty page

 

Nestor Osorio

Nestor Osorio

Professor
University Libraries

See Nestor's faculty page

 

Mat Pickard

Associate Professor
Department of Accountancy

See Mat's faculty page

 

Todd Reeves

Todd Reeves

Associate Professor
Department of Educational Technology

See Todd's faculty page

 

Iman Salehinia

Iman Salehinia

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering

See Iman's faculty page

 

Brian Sandberg

Associate Professor
Department of History

See Brian's faculty page

 

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Mansour Tahernezhadi

Professor and Associate Dean
College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

See Mansour's faculty page

 

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Associate Professor
School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders

See Matt's faculty page

 

Ex-Officio

Gerald C. Blazey, Chair

Vice President
Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships

See Gerald's webpage

 

James Cofer

Interim Chief Financial Officer
Division of Administration and Finance

See James's webpage

 

Staff

Ximena Burgin

Associate Director
Research Support

See Ximena's webpage

 

Jessica Cima

Secretary

 

Dara Little

Assistant Vice President
Sponsored Programs Administration

See Dara's webpage

 

Anna Quider

Assistant Vice President
Federal Relations

See Anna's webpage

 

Shannon Stoker

Director
Research Compliance, Integrity and Safety

See Shannon's webpage

 

Karinne Bredberg

Director of Innovation
Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships

See Karinne's webpage