IRB Members, 2020-2021

Alissa Cordner, chair, Department of Sociology
Joshua Farrell, assistant director of analytics
Thomas Knight, Department of Biology
Lauren Osborne (Fall 2020), Department of Religion
Kathryn Southwick-Hess, community member
Xiaobo Yuan (Spring 2021), Departments of Anthropology and Religion

Appointing the IRB

In order to comply with Department of Health and Human Services directives, the members of the IRB will be appointed using the following guidelines:

  1. The IRB shall have at least five members, with varying backgrounds to promote complete and adequate review of research activities commonly conducted by the institution. The IRB shall be sufficiently qualified through the experience and expertise of its members, and the diversity of the members, including consideration of race, gender and cultural backgrounds, and sensitivity to such issues as community attitudes, to promote respect for its advice and counsel in safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects. In addition to possessing the professional competence necessary to review specific research activities, the IRB shall be able to ascertain the acceptability of proposed research in terms of institutional commitments and regulations, applicable law, and standards of professional conduct and practice. The IRB shall therefore include persons knowledgeable in these areas. If an IRB regularly reviews research that involves a vulnerable category of subjects, such as children, prisoners, pregnant women, or handicapped or mentally disabled persons, consideration shall be given to the inclusion of one or more individuals who are knowledgeable about and experienced in working with these subjects.
  2. Every nondiscriminatory effort will be made to ensure that the IRB includes diversity in terms of gender. The IRB may not consist entirely of members of one profession.
  3. The IRB shall include at least one member whose primary concerns are in scientific areas and at least one member whose primary concerns are in nonscientific areas.
  4. The IRB shall include at least one member who is not otherwise affiliated with the institution and who is not part of the immediate family of a person who is affiliated with the institution.
  5. The IRB may not have a member participate in the IRB’s initial or continuing review of any project in which the member has a conflicting interest, except to provide information requested by the IRB.

The IRB may, in its discretion, invite individuals with competence in special areas to assist in the review of issues which require expertise beyond or in addition to that available on the IRB. These individuals may not vote with the IRB.