IRB 2022-04-08T10:13:09+00:00

Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The IRB is currently making some changes to our website. The revised site will be ready on August 1, 2022. We apologize for any inconvenience. For more information, contact Dr. Jim Mischler, NSU IRB Director & Chair, at the IRB Office: 318-357-5228.


There have been many changes to the IRB in light of the revised Federal requirements. Click here for a summary of the changes.

Please submit your complete application in one email with all necessary attachments to irb@nsula.edu.

To ensure timely processing of an IRB protocol application, carefully check that all parts are completed and all required supplemental documentation is included. We recommend submitting the application at least six weeks before the planned research start date. If an Expedited or Full Board review is required, more time will be needed to make a final approval decision.

Questions? Contact the IRB Office at 318-357-5228 with any questions about completing the application and/or the approval process. We are happy to consult on a research proposal prior to submission of the IRB application.

In compliance with policies established by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), when human beings are used as subjects in research projects, safeguards must be established to protect the health, well-being and rights of the subjects. The Committee on the Protection of Human Subjects in Research–Human Subjects Institutional Review Board reviews all research proposals involving human subjects. University policy requires that all research proposals for which data is to be collected from human subjects shall be submitted to this committee to determine whether an exemption applies or whether a review is required. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to assure compliance with this policy in research conducted by either a student or the faculty member.

Board Members

Dr. James Mischler, Chair, College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Greg Handel (non-voting), Dean of the Graduate School
Alysia Jones (non-voting), Office of Sponsored Programs

Job Announcement

Graduate Assistant, NSU Institutional Review Board (IRB), 2022-23 academic year

The G.A. will assist the IRB Director with the administrative operations of the IRB Office. There will also be opportunities to learn about and participate in the work of the IRB, which supports the university research program and protects the welfare and rights of human volunteers who participate in that research.

G.A. eligibility requirements:
–Enrolled in and maintain good academic standing in an NSU graduate program;
–Available to work 20 hours per week during each semester (fall and spring);
–Work on the Natchitoches campus in the IRB Office.

Minimum job qualifications:
–Completes all work in a timely manner.

Preferred qualifications:
Professional/career interests in the activities, practices, and/or administration of research programs.
To apply:
Applicants for the position must complete the Application for Graduate Assistantship form, located on the NSU Graduate School website (https://graduateschool.nsula.edu/; see the “Graduate Assistantship” section on that page) and send it to the Graduate School Office by email (grad_school@nsula.edu) or fax (318-357-5019). The student must also apply to the Graduate School for admission to a graduate program and enroll in at least six credit hours of graduate-level coursework for the fall 2022 semester.
Interviews for the G.A. position will be held in May and June; the final selection will be made no later than June 30, 2022.
For more information, contact Dr. Jim Mischler, Director & Chair, IRB, at irb@nsula.edu (email) or 318-357-5228 (office phone).