Institutional Review Board

Lee University established the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to protect the rights of human participants and to promote quality research by faculty and students.

The IRB must approve any research development, testing, and evaluation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge concerning living individual(s) about whom an investigator, whether professional or student, conducting research obtains data through intervention or interaction with the individual(s) or identifiable private information.

Joseph Daft

Joseph Daft, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology
Specialty: Health Science, Microbiology, Anatomy
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 106C
Phone: (423) 303-5141
Sherry Kasper

Sherry Kasper, PhD

Professor of Biology
Specialty: Pharmacology, Core Biology, Anatomy
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 203G
Phone: (423) 614-8659
Taz Kicklighter

Taz Kicklighter, PhD

Director of Athletic Training Program,
Associate Professor of Athletic Training
Athletic Training Education | Location: EDU 102B
Phone: (423) 614-8457
Thaddeus McRae

Thaddeus McRae, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology
Specialty: Environmental Biology, Ecology, Field Research
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 203F
Phone: (423) 614-8298
Bryan Poole

Bryan Poole, PhD

Chair, Institutional Review Board
Associate Professor of Psychology
Specialty: Emotions, Research
Behavioral and Social Sciences | Location: HUM303G
Phone: (423) 614-8319
David Smartt

David Smartt, PhD

Associate Professor of Business
Specialty: Management / Business Ethics
School of Business | Location: SOB 203G
Phone: (423) 614-8622
Lori West

Lori West, PhD

Professor of Biology
Specialty: Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and Biological Research
Natural Sciences | Location: SMC 203C
Phone: (423) 614-8335
Michelle White

Michelle White, DNP

Assistant Professor in Nursing
Specialty: Medical-Surgical, Emergency, & Cardiac Nursing
School of Nursing | Location: SON 327
Phone: (423) 614-8529

To submit a research proposal for IRB review, please complete the following steps. Contact the OURS or the IRB Chairperson if you have any questions about this process.

  1. Download the newest version of the IRB proposal document here.
  2. Complete the proposal document and submit it to the OURS at
    1. Each investigator is also required to submit a Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) completion certificate alongside the research proposal. You can find instructions on how to complete the CITI training here.
  3. The OURS will conduct an initial review of the research proposal to ensure all major components of the proposal have been completed.
  4. The IRB Chairperson will then review the proposal to determine the appropriate review category (i.e., exempt, expedited, or full-board review).
  5. After the proposal has been reviewed by the appropriate party, the OURS or the IRB Chairperson will contact the investigator(s) to notify them of the status of the proposal.
  6. The IRB Chairperson and/or committee will then review the proposal and provide comments for the investigator(s) where necessary.
  7. The investigator(s) should then highlight all changes to the research proposal and resubmit it to the OURS for a final review.
  8. After the proposal has been reviewed and approved by the IRB committee, the OURS will notify the investigator(s) of the approval via email.

To download the most recent IRB proposal form, please click here. If this link does not work, please contact the OURS for the form.

Click here to download the most recent version of the IRB Policies and Procedures Manual.

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