IRB Position Announcement

The following four positions are available on the IRB beginning Fall 2018. Each position will be appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School to serve a three-year term.

1. One regular voting member from the Department of Psychology

2. One regular voting member from the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences

3. One regular voting member from the College of Education and Professional Studies

3. One alternate member from the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences

Individuals interested in serving on the IRB should submit a statement of interest to Cheryl Siddens, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, via letter or email ( by February 26, 2018, expressing reasons for interest in membership and any experience that would be relevant to the position.

About the IRB

The EIU Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with assuring the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research. Therefore, the IRB is required to review all research involving human subjects prior to the conducting of any research.

The EIU IRB is currently composed of 9 regular voting members: 2 members from each college and 1 non-affiliated member. There are also 5 alternate members: 4 members from various departments and 1 non-affiliated member. Alternate members are encouraged to attend IRB meetings, but will only contribute to the quorum and be able to vote if they are substituting for a regular member.

The IRB generally meets once a month during the academic year for research protocol review, administrative business, training, or any other issues that need to be addressed by the board. Monthly meeting times are arranged at the beginning of each semester, based on members’ schedules. Summer meeting are scheduled on an as-needed basis.

About IRB Membership

Members are appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School to serve three-year terms on the IRB.

New members of the IRB are required to complete a 1 hour CITI Program on-line training course developed specifically for IRB members. They will also be provided a 1 – 2 hour orientation session conducted by the Compliance Coordinator and the Chair of the IRB.

In addition to attending the monthly meetings, IRB members are expected to individually perform research protocol reviews throughout the year. Each member, including alternate members, can anticipate conducting up to 6 reviews each semester.

For more information on the IRB or questions about membership, contact:

Cheryl Siddens, Compliance Coordinator
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
1102 Blair Hall