The IRB Committee will include the following members (excluding the chair):
the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs or his/her designee
at least one person of relevant professional competence not currently affiliated with the College or part of an immediate family of a person affiliated with the College This person could be either a physician, member of the clergy, or a lawyer. The committee suggests that this person be a lawyer out of liability issues related to faculty research involving human subjects.
faculty person with research interests in the natural sciences
one faculty person with research interests in the social sciences
one faculty person with research interests in non-scientific areas (e.g., the law, humanities, and/or the arts)
one at-large faculty member
IRB members need to be sufficiently qualified through experience and expertise to promote respect for their advice and counsel in protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects.
If a board member abstains from reviewing a research proposal because of a perceived conflict of interest, an alternate member will be chosen by the IRB to temporarily serve on the board during the review of this proposal.
The Committee also may choose to invite other people with relevant expertise to participate in its deliberations. IRB Committee members must be appointed by the President of the College and approved by the Board of Trustees.
IRB Committee Members
Melissa Terlecki, Ph.D.: IRB Chair
Jeff Gingerich, Ph.D.: Vice President of Academic Affairs
Lisa Plummer, Director of Institiutional Research
Maria Elena Hallion, Ph.D.*, Joe Smith, Ph.D., Natural Sciences Representative
Carrie Nielsen, Ph.D.: Natural Sciences Alternate
Tamarah Smith, Ph.D.: Social Sciences Representative
Tony Tomasco, Ph.D.: Social Sciences Alternate
Courtney Smith, Ph.D.: Humanities Representative
Paul Wright, Ph.D.: Humanities Alternate
Jackie Lynch: Faculty-at-Large Representative
Vivian Smith: Faculty-at-Large Alternate
Stacy McDonald, Holy Family University: External Representative
Richard Stetler, Secretary
IRB Committee Chair
The Chair of the Institutional Review Board Committee:
Performs duties normally associated with chairpersonships, including procedes, budget, scheduling meetings, notification of members, maintenance of files, minutes, etc.
Upon receipt of a proposal, decides which type of review is necessary (exempt, expedited, or full review)
Provides notification of exemption, which takes place within 14 working days of receiving the proposal
Provides expedited reviews or delegates to another IRB member by the chair
Conducts the full review IRB meetings where a quorum must be present
Contacts other Institutional Review Boards if the research will be conducted partially at another facility or if additional professional expertise is needed
Is responsible for annual update and review of the decision charts and criteria for three categories of review
On an annual basis, provides a summary of all IRB proposals approved during that academic year and forwards them to the President or Chief Academic Officer
Maintains an active liaison role between the Committee and the other organizational constituencies such as College Council, Faculty Senate, and individual departments
Provides leadership, encouragement, and facilitation for the IRB to carry out its charge
Maintains IRB membership records and conducts elections when necessary
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