Institutional Research Review Board

IRRB Members

Shaunti Knauth
Director of Engaged Research

Carol Burg
Assistant Professor,
National College of Education

Lauren Heidbrink
Assistant Professor,
College of Professional Studies and Advancement
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Diane Salmon
Associate Professor,
National College of Education

Alison Hilsabeck
Provost Office

G. Maxx Shawlee
Program Coordinator
National College of Education

William Lopez
Provost Admin Coordinator
Provost Office

Xiaoli Wen
Associate Professor
National College of Education

Ignacio Lopez
Vice Provost Academic Program & Faculty Development
Provost Office

Tiffeny Jimenez
Assistant Professor
College of Professional Studies and Advancement

Wendy Gardiner
Associate Professor and IRB co-Chair, 
National College of Education


Welcome to the Institutional Research Review Board (IRRB) Web site. IRRB ensures compliance with National Louis University’s policies and procedures for conducting ethical research involving human participants.

Every research investigator involved in any aspect of human subject research at NLU must submit a protocol to IRRB that includes appropriate application forms, and informed consent documents. This applies to faculty and staff, doctoral students, masters students conducting thesis research or large action research projects. Students conducting research as part of a class, and faculty and staff collecting institutional data for self study and accreditation are not required to submit a protocol.

Whether it is for self-study and accreditation, or personal research, NLU faculty and staff who wish to conduct a survey using the WebSurveyor program must contact the Vice Provost of Institutional Effectiveness. If the survey is being conducted for personal rather than institutional research (i.e. publication or presentation), in addition to the survey request to IR, the application needs to be made to NLU’s Institutional Research Review Board (IRRB).

Submit all IRRB-related questions, completed application forms and all supporting materials via email to

Timeframe:  From completion of application to receiving your approval letter
Exempt & Expedited IRRBs- Up to 30 days
Full Review IRRBs- Over 30 days

This IRRB Web site is comprised of 6 sections:

  1. Forms
  2. CITI Training Materials
  3. IRRB Policy
  4. Informed Consent
  5. Resources
  6. FAQs
  7. IRRB Decision Charts (Is your study Exempt, Expedited or Full Review?)
  8. IRRB Application Checklist





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