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Who Should I Contact?

Refer to the list below for who to contact based on your question/concern.

While HRPP employees are working remotely, if you call the main phone number you will be asked to leave a detailed message with a phone number or email where you can be reached. You can also send a detailed email. Messages will be monitored continuously during office hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5 pm). If you have an urgent situation that needs consultation with the IRB do not hesitate to leave a detailed message or email at any time, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Virtual Office Hours

To meet the needs of our faculty, staff, and student researchers while working remotely, IRB/HRPP Staff will be holding Virtual Office Hours on Zoom.

NEW! Mondays from 2:00–4:00 pm—iMedRIS Help* (Zoom link here)
*If you need help with the iMedRIS system (routing, submitting an application, responding to provisos, or attaching documents), please stop by and see Ashley!

If you have questions about anything other than iMedRIS, please stop by the office hours listed below:

Tuesdays from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.—Jenny Dunn (Zoom link here)

Wednesdays from 2:30–4:30 p.m.—Jennifer Engle (Zoom link here)

Thursdays from 9:00–11:00 a.m.—Rob Withrow (Zoom link here)

If these times do not work for you, please call or email us to schedule a time to meet.

Human Research Protection Program
Blount Hall, Room 408
1534 White Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996-1529

Each college and most non-college departments that conduct human subjects research are assigned an HRPO staff member to serve as that unit’s point of contact.

Examples: studies in review, responding to IRB-requested changes, and other research-specific topics such as study procedures, recruitment, informed consent, confidentiality, etc. plus other regulations impacting research (e.g., HIPAA, FERPA).

IRB Liaison by College/Department

College/Unit Contact Work Schedule
Director, HRPP Contact: Jennifer Engle
In Office: Tu, W, Th, F
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences (CEHHS): CFS, ELPS, EPC, Nutrition, Public Health, TPTE Contact: Ashley Brown
In Office: W, Th
Remote: M, Tu, F
College of Arts and Sciences
CEHHS: Kinesiology Rec Sport Studies
Tickle College of Engineering
College of Law
College of Nursing
College of Social Work
Contact: Rob Withrow
In Office: F
M, Tu, W, Th
Herbert College of Agriculture/UTIA
Haslam College of Business
College of Communications and Information
CEHHS: Retail Hospitality and Tourism Management
College of Veterinary Medicine
University-wide Units
Contact: Jenny Dunn
In Office: M, Tu
W, Th, F

Examples include: unanticipated problems/adverse events, complaints, concerns about participant welfare or safety, etc.
Contact: Jennifer Engle

Examples include: departmental training, classroom visits, etc.
Contact: Jenny Dunn

Contact: Jennifer Engle

Jennifer Engle, IRB Assistant Compliance Officer

Jennifer Engle, PhD
HRPP Director
Phone: 865-974-7494



The following faculty hold appointments on the Institutional Review Board, but are not staff of the Human Research Protection Program or the Office of Research and Engagement.

Lora Beebe, Chair
College of Nursing
Gina Owens, Vice Chair
Renee Smith, Vice Chair
Journalism and Electronic Media
Tami H. Wyatt, Vice Chair