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New Procedures and Forms

The Institutional Review Board procedures have been steamlined for your ease of use. Here's all you need:

  • IRB Research Tutorial - View this PowerPoint presentation to understand how to submit an IRB application.
  • IRB Application Form - Fill out this form and submit it as an e-mail attachment to the appropriate school or department representative, listed below. You should receive a response about 30 days from the time you submit your application.


Use these templates as appropriate to obtain informed content from study participants:


Required Training

Human Subject Project Closure Form

Your research may also be subject to review by the Samford Survey Review Committee (SRC) if it involves surveys conducted with Samford students, employees or alumni. Determine if you must also seek approval from the SRC.

School/Department Representatives

Arts & Sciences - David Dedo, Theresa Davidson, or Drew Hataway
Business –Jeremy Thornton
Divinity –Mark DeVine
Education – Betsy Rogers, John Petrella, or Patti Wood
Law - Woody Hartzog
Nursing - Gretchen McDaniel or Debra Whisenant
Pharmacy – Danielle Cruthirds, Lindsey Elmore, or Steve Stricker

If you have any questions, please contact your school representative or IRB Chair.

Dr. Theresa Davidson, IRB chair
Associate Professor of Sociology
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
E-mail: tcdavids@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-4548

Dr. Drew Hataway, IRB chair-elect
Assistant Professor, Biological and Environmental Sciences
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
Email: rahatawa@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-4190

Overview & Membership

The Institutional Review Board of Human Subjects is one of four special committees appointed by the provost for a three-year staggered term. Membership consists of one person from the community with expertise in medical and/or scientific ethical issues and representation from each school which conducts research involving human subjects, specifically:

  • Arts and Sciences (3)
  • Business (1)
  • Divinity (1)
  • Education (3)
  • Law (1)
  • Provost (ex officio)
  • Nursing (2)
  • Pharmacy (3)
  • Outside Representative (1)

TOTAL: 15 Voting

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