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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Across all disciplines on campus, Earlham students and faculty engage in collaborative and independent research projects that involve humans as subjects. Previous researchers on campus have investigated physiological and behavioral responses after learning about radon risk, collected oral histories about men’s experiences with masculinity, and conducted focus groups and interviews with stakeholders about improving the local farmer’s market.

The responsibility of the members of Earlham’s IRB is to make sure that all research involving human subjects is ethical, whether that research is conducted on our campus or by members of our campus community in locations off campus. Earlham’s values espouse respect for all persons and our IRB is one way we safeguard this value.

The members of Earlham’s IRB are as follows:

  • Rachael Reavis (Teaching Faculty — sabbatical Spring 2019), Convener, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Belen Villareal (Teaching Faculty), Acting Convener, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies
  • Besty Schlabach (Teaching Faculty), Associate Professor of History and African & African American Studies
  • Dakota Collins (Administrative Faculty), Associate Director of Annual Giving
  • Cathryn Dickman (Administrative Faculty), Director of Wellness Programs
  • Bill Engle, Retired Reporter for the Palladium-Item, Richmond
  • Jason Elliott (Administrative Faculty), Assistant Director of Public Safety
  • Tim McLarnan (Teaching Faculty), Professor of Mathematics
  • Brittney Chong, Student, Earlham College
  • Nadia Kousounadis, Student, Earlham College
  • Khyrul Khan, Student, Earlham College

Alternate IRB members, who serve when regular members are not available, are:

  • Ryan Murphy, Assistant Professor of History
  • Anand Pardhanani, Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Maggie Thomas, Associate Professor of Psychology

Students and faculty conducting research involving human subjects should begin by reading through the IRB Guidelines & Procedures document and successfully completing the Ethics Training Module.

The IRB typically reviews Expedited and Exempt proposals within one week. The Board meets on Thursdays during the semester to review Full proposals. Full proposals must be received by Monday to be reviewed on the same Thursday; otherwise they will be reviewed the following week. Please note that proposals submitted prior to mid-semester break will not be reviewed until the following week. The review times may be longer during the summer. Investigators may want to check in with the IRB convener to get estimates of turnaround time during the summer. During the fall semester, proposals will be accepted until the last day of class for a response prior to break. Proposals received after that time will be reviewed in January.

If you are doing research in a classroom with your students as participants, please read this website.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact

Guidelines & Procedures

Ethics Training Module

Campus-Wide Survey Policy

Additional forms and examples can be downloaded below

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