North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has appointed Arthur F. Kramer the new senior vice provost for research, effec­tive May 2, 2016. He will bring exten­sive aca­d­emic lead­er­ship and trans­dis­ci­pli­nary research prac­tice to this crit­ical role in helping to con­tinue ele­vating Northeastern’s research port­folio to new heights.

Kramer has more than 25 years expe­ri­ence in aca­d­emic admin­is­tra­tion and comes to North­eastern from the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois at Urbana-​​Champaign, where he directs the Beckman Insti­tute for Advanced Sci­ence and Tech­nology. He worked with an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team of researchers and admin­is­tra­tors to open the insti­tute in 1989, and led the university’s intel­li­gent human com­puter inter­ac­tion group—which is one of the institute’s pri­mary trans­dis­ci­pli­nary research thrusts—for more than a decade. Since taking over as director of Beckman in 2010, external funding awarded to the institute’s more than 200 fac­ulty mem­bers has increased by more than 50 percent.

I am very excited about joining the North­eastern com­mu­nity,” Kramer said. “Under the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Aoun, Senior Vice Provost for Research Mel Bern­stein, and mem­bers of the senior lead­er­ship team in col­lab­o­ra­tion with fac­ulty and staff, North­eastern has rapidly become an inter­na­tion­ally com­pet­i­tive research uni­ver­sity. I am looking for­ward to working col­lab­o­ra­tively with the fac­ulty, staff, stu­dents, and admin­is­tra­tion to fur­ther pro­mote Northeastern’s dis­tinc­tive research and edu­ca­tional cul­ture, with a com­mit­ment to use-​​inspired, solution-​​focused research. Clearly, North­eastern is at the threshold of devising addi­tional novel inter­dis­ci­pli­nary solu­tions to impor­tant soci­etal chal­lenges, and it is an honor and a priv­i­lege to assist the fac­ulty, stu­dents, and staff in these impor­tant endeavors.”

Over the past nine years North­eastern has more than dou­bled its research port­folio, and later this year the uni­ver­sity will open the Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Sci­ence and Engi­neering Com­plex, which will expand its capacity to engage in path-​​breaking research across dis­ci­plines. Kramer will work closely with James C. Bean, provost and senior vice pres­i­dent for aca­d­emic affairs, to con­tinue this upward trajectory.

Art Kramer brings tremen­dous tal­ents and achieve­ments to North­eastern on three fronts,” Bean said. “As a researcher him­self, Art has been highly suc­cessful at ground-​​breaking, funded research; as a col­lab­o­rator, he has been exem­plary at bringing together groups of fac­ulty to com­pete for large center grants; and as an admin­is­trator Art leads one of the world’s fore­most inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research cen­ters, the Beckman Insti­tute. We are excited to have Art Kramer bring these expe­ri­ences to North­eastern just when we are bringing the Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Sci­ence and Engi­neering Com­plex online.”

Clearly, North­eastern is at the threshold of devising addi­tional novel inter­dis­ci­pli­nary solu­tions to impor­tant soci­etal chal­lenges, and it is an honor and a priv­i­lege to assist the fac­ulty, stu­dents, and staff in these impor­tant endeavors.
— Arthur F. Kramer

Under Kramer’s lead­er­ship, the Beckman Insti­tute now includes 1,500 researchers across 50 depart­ments and 11 col­leges. The insti­tute also pro­vides hands-​​on men­tored sci­ence edu­ca­tion to 1,100 stu­dents annu­ally and recently devel­oped a cit­izen sci­en­tist pro­gram to train older adults in becoming ambas­sadors for sci­ence and engi­neering in the community.

During his time at the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois, Kramer served as co-​​director of National Insti­tutes of Health-​​funded Center for Healthy Minds for five years and led the expan­sion of research and edu­ca­tional facil­i­ties for the campus, including in the area of bioimaging. He is also a pro­fessor and the Swan­lund Endowed Chair in Neu­ro­science and Psy­chology, and his recent research has focused on the under­standing and enhance­ment of cog­ni­tive and neural plas­ticity across the lifespan.

While serving in a range of admin­is­tra­tive posi­tions at the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois, Kramer has also helped secure major research center grants, pro­vided hands-​​on research men­toring to minority stu­dents, and sup­ported the uni­ver­sity in diver­si­fying the stu­dent body, fac­ulty, and staff.

Kramer’s career fea­tures a number of pres­ti­gious mem­ber­ships to pro­fes­sional soci­eties and other appoint­ments. He is a fellow of the Amer­ican Psy­cho­log­ical Asso­ci­a­tion and the Amer­ican Psy­cho­log­ical Society, serves on six edi­to­rial boards, and is the former asso­ciate editor of the journal Per­cep­tion and Psy­chophysics.

Kramer holds a doc­torate in cognitive/​experimental psy­chology from the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois, and a bachelor’s degree in psy­chology from the State Uni­ver­sity of New York at Stony Brook.

Kramer will suc­ceed Mel Bern­stein, who com­pleted his tenure in this role in December.