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

Christina Abreu

Christina Abreu

Professor and Director
Center for Latino and Latin America Studies

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Melissa Adams-Campbell

Melissa Adams-Campbell

Associate Professor
Department of English

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Jahred Adelman

Jahred Adelman

Associate Professor
Department of Physics

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Julie Crouch

Julie Crouch

Director
Center for the Study of Violence and Sexual Assault

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Melani Duffrin

Melani Duffrin

Professor
Department of Interdisciplinary Health Professions

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Tom Gilbert

Tom Gilbert

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Jim Horn

Jim Horn

Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry

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Holly Jones

Holly Jones

Associate Professor
Department of Biology

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Jessica LaBatte

Jessica LaBatte

Assistant Professor
School of Art and Design

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Nestor Osorio

Nestor Osorio

Professor
University Libraries

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Kathleen McFadden

Professor
Department of Operations Management and Information Systems

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Todd Reeves

Todd Reeves

Associate Professor
Department of Educational Technology

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Iman Salehinia

Iman Salehinia

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Karen Samonds

Karen Samonds

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology

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Reed Scherer

Reed Scherer

Professor
Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences

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James Schmidt

James Schmidt

Professor
Department of History

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Mansour Tahernezhadi

Professor and Associate Dean
College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

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Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Associate Professor
School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders

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Ex-Officio

Gerald C. Blazey, Chair

Vice President
Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships

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Sarah Chinniah

Chief Financial Officer
Division of Administration and Finance

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Staff

Karinne Bredberg

Assistant Director
Innovation and Commercialization

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Ximena Burgin

Associate Director
Research Support

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Jessica Cima

Secretary

 

 

Dara Little

Assistant Vice President
Sponsored Programs Administration

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Shannon Stoker

Director
Research Compliance, Integrity and Safety

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