Our Partnerships

An Extensive Network

Achieving our mission would not be possible without key partnerships throughout Northeastern University and beyond.

Partnerships at Northeastern allow us to drill deep into the impact of the vast landscape of experiential learning opportunities. With experiences ranging from course-based experiential opportunities to six-month and eight-month cooperative employment opportunities around the world, Northeastern offers an excellent sandbox to study the impact of experiential learning.

These opportunities are possible because of the dedication of a rich network of individuals and programs that work together to make up an experiential education model. The Research Institute for Experiential Learning Science works to seed new research opportunities as well as develop and build collaborations throughout this network while utilizing a mosaic of research methodologies to best understand the impact of experiential learning and the mechanisms that underlie this impact.

Our Partners

Becca Berkey, PhD

Director, Service-Learning

Nakeisha Cody, PhD

Associate Director, Student Development and Global Engagement, John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute

Christopher Gallagher, PhD

Professor, English

Sean Gallagher, EdD

Executive Director, Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy

Wolfgang Gatterbauer, PhD

Associate Professor, Computer and Information Science

Lorna Hayward, PhD

Jamie Ladge, PhD

Alicia Sasser Modestino, PhD

Associate Professor, Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Economics Associate Director, Dukakis Center

Corliss Thompson, PhD

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education

Lydia Young, PhD

Associate Dean, Graduate School of Education

Partner With RIELS


Northeastern faculty are encouraged to create educational environments rooted in the pedagogy of experiential learning. Because most of our students weave in and out of their disciplinary studies and cooperative education experiences, educators are poised to create experiential opportunities in the classroom to leverage student experiences and encourage students to transfer knowledge and skills from one environment to another. This Northeastern experiential learning culture encourages faculty members to treat student learning as a source of scholarly inquiry.

Co-op Faculty

The cooperative education model at Northeastern is supported by a robust network of co-op faculty who are devoted to working at the intersection of students’ coursework and cooperative education experiences. These transitions are a point in which many changes take place with regard to the ways in which students process and transfer knowledge and skills. Co-op faculty prepare students for their cooperative experiences, facilitate co-op experiences, and transition them back into their classes–at which time they begin to work with them to prepare for future experiences.

Because co-op faculty members have unique experiences with students that few other individuals at Northeastern have, RIELS partners with them to research the cognitive processes involved in students’ transitioning between the different environments in which they engage while in college.


Northeastern works with thousands of employers in the United States and around the world to provide our students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in authentic work environments. Employers are essential members of the complex learning environment because they create authentic opportunities, work closely with students, allow students to create their own learning outcomes, and provide feedback. Employers have a unique perspective on student learning and growth–particularly in the environments that are as close to real-world experiences as can be achieved while maintaining an educational perspective.