What is ReDI?

ReDI stands for Research Leadership Development Initiative.

An integral part of NU ADVANCE’s strategy is leadership development.  The Research Leadership Development Initiative (ReDI) was created as part of the overall University faculty leadership IMG_0304development program which also includes:

  • Presidential leadership program for current administrators
  • Provostial leadership program for rising academic leaders
  • Research leadership for mid-career faculty researchers (ReDI)

Northeastern University’s Senior Vice Provost for Research & Graduate Education, Mel Bernstein, and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Mary Loeffelholz are co-sponsoring ReDI.

ReDI was developed through conversations with existing center directors, research leaders, department chairs, deans, staff in the Gordon Leadership Program, and potential participants.  Through these conversations, it was revealed, first and foremost, a concern about the succession of leadership in the existing Northeastern centers.  These conversations also revealed a number of common characteristics or required skills, independent of discipline or field, to be successful as a center and/or research director.  These common characteristics include:

  • The ability to value, identify, develop and sustain partnerships with other organizations including academic, industrial, or not for profit.
  • The ability to develop a common vision across groups and communicate it effectively.
  • The ability to recognize the need for mentorship, team building, team dynamics.


Goal of ReDI

To create a cohort of prepared and confident research leaders who wish to create research initiatives larger than their current scope of activities. These initiatives could include research consortia, research centers or large multi-institutional projects. The cohort will include a strong female representation. Cohort participants will gain increased:

  • Capacity to influence team dynamics and project outcomes through learning how to manage and leverage differences across working styles, approaches, backgrounds, and disciplines.
  • Knowledge about toolkits for communication, project management, negotiation, and influencing people.
  • Self-awareness of their leadership capabilities and ways to increase their impact in their roles as leaders.
  • Recognition and visibility by Northeastern leadership as proactive research leaders within and outside the institution.


ReDI Past Cohorts


2015-2016 Schedule

The 2015-2016 academic year program will include interactive workshops that include presentations by knowledge experts, an invited guest who shares pertinent experiences to highlight the particular skill of discussion, and activities prior to each workshop that enable participants to engage with each topic.  Nominations of faculty from across Northeastern are currently being collected for the 2015-2016 academic year program.


Application Process

With the consent of the faculty member, chairs and college deans may nominate early full professors and associate professors who have demonstrated strong research records.  Nominations are due from the colleges on June 30th with notification to faculty members by July 10th.