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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The University recognizes an inherent obligation to insure that the rights and well-being of persons who serve as subjects in research conducted under its auspice are adequately protected. In the matter of protection of human subjects, the University relies on the good judgment of its faculty and administration augmented by a special review committee, the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (HSIRB). The University calls for a posture of heightened sensitivity and special scrutiny on the part of the initiators of any project and of their immediate supervisors as the primary agents of the University in these matters.


Committee Members

  • Susan Phelan (Chair*), Grant Writer, Office of Sponsored Programs

  • Patricia Brooks, Grants Administrator, Office of Sponsored Prog.

  • Jacob Oluwaye, Ph.D., Department of Urban and Regional Planning

  • Martha Verghese, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Food and Animal Sciences

  • Robert Spencer, M.S., Alabama Cooperative Extension System

  • Eric Ohene-Nyako, M.S., Accountant (Non Affiliated Member)

  • Nikkya Moore-Coleman, Grant Administrator, Cooperative Extension

  • Gordan MacGregor, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama in Huntsville (Non Affiliated Member)

  • James Bukenya, Ph.D., Compliance Officer (Non-voting member)



  *For more information please contact the IRB Chair:

  Ms. Susan J. Phelan

  Grant Writer, Office of Sponsored Programs 

  Office Phone: (256) 372-7216  



























































































































































































































































































































































































































































Contact Information

 James O. Bukenya, Ph.D.  

Director, Office of Research Compliance
Carnegie Building (2nd Floor)   
256-372-5729 (voice)
256-372-5911 (fax)