Institutional Research: Institutional Review Board

At Southwest Tennessee Community College, all human subjects’ research activities come under the purview and oversight of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and the Institutional Review Board (IRB), irrespective of whether the research is funded or non-funded, minimal risk or more. The Human Subjects Protection policy applies to all Southwest Tennessee Community College faculty, staff, and students conducting human subjects’ research on or off-campus (domestic or international sites) as well as visitors conducting research at the Southwest Tennessee Community College.

Human subject’s protection is a collaborative effort by the researcher and Southwest Tennessee Community College. The IRB is charged with the responsibility of protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research. The composition of the IRB and the number of members on the committee are in accordance with federal regulations.

Questions regarding IRB policies and procedures should be directed to the Institutional Review Board Committee Chair, William Turner via email:

All IRB applications must be submitted through

William Turner

IRB Chair
Assistant Professor, Communication

Alma Rutledge

IRB Member, Dean of Students

Shannon Little


IRB Member, Associate Professor, Social/Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Karen Pierce

IRB Member, Associate Professor, Social/Behavioral Sciences

Lane Roberts

IRB Member, Assistant Professor, Communication

Lisa Hadley

IRB Member, Associate Professor, Business and Legal Studies

Dr. Scott Long

VP, Chief Compliance Officer at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Dr. Jessica Morgan

IRB Member, Manager of Medical Writing at Edwards Lifescience



If you decide to take part in the study, it should be because you really want to volunteer. You will not lose any benefits or rights if you choose not to volunteer. You can stop at any time during the study and still keep the benefits and rights you had before volunteering. As a student participant, if you decide not to participate in a study, your choice will not affect your academic status or grade in the class.

As a participant, you should ask researchers any questions that come to mind before deciding to participate. Later, if you have questions, suggestions, concerns, or complaints about the study you should contact the investigator first.

If you have any questions about your rights as a volunteer, contact the Institutional Review Board staff at Southwest Tennessee Community College at

All IRB applications must be submitted through

Applications that qualify for Expedited or Exempt status are reviewed on an ongoing basis, in the order that they are received.

Submissions for full board review must be received three weeks (21 Days) prior to the next upcoming IRB Committee meeting in order to be considered for review.

IRB 2023-2024 Committee Meetings (Dates Subject to Change):

  • September 1, 2023
  • October 6, 2023
  • November 3, 2023
  • December 1, 2023
  • February 2, 2024
  • March 1, 2024
  • April 5, 2024
  • May 3, 2024


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  • 901-333-5350