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Staudt Named New IRB Vice Chair

Marlys StaudtMarlys Staudt, associate professor of social work, has been named vice chair of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Institutional Review Board (IRB).

The IRB regulates all research activities involving human subjects for UT Knoxville and the UT Institute of Agriculture, UT Institute for Public Service, and UT Space Institute.

In addition to serving as acting chair when appropriate and as a member of the board, Staudt will serve on the leadership team to identify needs and plan initiatives to help increase the IRB’s effectiveness.

“I believe it is important that we build a leadership infrastructure for the IRB that includes persons with diverse backgrounds that help us support the research diversity of the entire UT Knoxville research community,” said Colleen Gilrane, IRB chair and associate professor of theory and practice in teacher education. “Her experiences as a researcher, an advisor of student research, and a member of the IRB combine to make her especially qualified to contribute to the IRB in a leadership position.”

Staudt has extensive IRB experience, having served on the UT board since 2007 and as a member of the Department Review Committee since 2006. She also conducts research requiring IRB approval with both the university and social service agencies, enhancing her understanding of procedures that need to be in place for the protection of human subjects.

“I was pleased and honored to be asked to serve as vice chair,” said Staudt. “I have enjoyed my work on the IRB and with the Compliance Office and look forward to joining this team and taking on a more active role. I’m excited to contribute to the activities necessary to ensure research on this campus protects human subjects and federal requirements are met.”

The Office of Research and Economic Development recently assessed infrastructure needs for the human subjects protection program in the context of the university’s goal of becoming a Top 25 public research institution. As a result, two staff members were moved into roles to support and assist with document pre-review and processing. Two new staff positions were created to help the program meet the needs of the research community.

“The goal is to continue to help our IRB and IRB compliance staff meet the expectations of campus, and adding Marlys will assist us in doing so,” said Robert Nobles, assistant vice chancellor for research. “I am excited to have Marlys join the leadership of our Institutional Review Board. Her willingness to collaborate and dedicate more of herself to this service role within the university will help to solidify the infrastructure for quality and efficiency of reviews.”

Staudt replaces Christopher Clark, associate professor in agricultural and resource economics, who took faculty leave at the beginning of the semester to focus on international scholarship.


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