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Institutional Research Board

IRB Members

Shaunti Knauth, Ph.D.
Director of Engaged Research
IRB Chair
(312) 261-3526

Carol Burg, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 
National College of Education
IRB Co-Chair
(813) 397-2109

G. Maxx Shawlee, MSc.
Engaged Research
IRB Coordinator
(312) 261-3121

Jeffrey Winter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
National College of Education
(224) 233-2463

Suzette Fromm-Reed, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
College of Professional Studies and Advancement
(630) 874-4257

Raymond Legler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
College of Professional Studies and Advancement
(312) 261-3019


Welcome to the Institutional Research Board (IRB) Web site. IRB 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 IRB 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.


  1. Ensure you have current certification in Protection of Human Subjects in Research. You can obtain this by taking the online training provided by the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI), hosted by NLU and also available to over 325 institutions and organizations around the world. Please see the link to CITI training below.
  2. Decide what type of review your application should receive. Please see the link to Decision Guidelines below.
  3. Complete the IRB application using forms provided.
  4. Submit all IRB-related questions, completed application forms and all supporting materials via email to

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

This IRB Web site is comprised of 7 sections:

  1. IRB Forms
  2. IRB Decision Guidelines (Is your study Exempt, Expedited or Full Review?)
  3. CITI Training Materials
  4. IRB Policy
  5. Informed Consent Information and Examples
  6. Resources
  7. FAQs





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