Identify, Recruit, Train, Retain: Building a Diverse, Qualified IRB


An institutional review board (IRB) is a group formally designated to review and monitor research involving human subjects to ensure that those subjects’ rights and welfare are protected in accordance with federal regulations. In order to effectively meet this challenge, IRBs should be diverse, skilled, knowledgeable, and committed to the common goal of protecting human subjects. 

IRBs consistently struggle with identifying and retaining skilled, motivated IRB members. How do human subjects protections program (HRPP) and IRB leaders navigate the various challenges of maintaining a skilled, knowledgeable, and diverse IRB panel?  During this advanced-level webinar, presenters provided approaches for strategically identifying, recruiting, training, and retaining IRB members to create a healthy and qualified board.

What will I learn?

After attending this webinar, attendees were able to:

  • Identify board member candidates:
    • Assess the IRB’s strengths and identify gaps in skills, perspectives, and knowledge
    • Develop strategic and diverse recruitment strategies
    • Develop selection criteria for leadership roles (i.e. Chair)
  • Recruit board members:
    • Provide candidates clear expectations for commitment and accountability to the IRB
    • Evaluate each candidate’s expertise and experience
  • Train board members:
    • Deliver learning  opportunities that result in board member engagement and learning
    • Develop a foundation of common understanding of the ethical and regulatory concepts for IRB review while preserving individual perspectives 
    • Create a comprehensive educational plan that includes continuing education, engagement, and feedback
  • Retain board members:
    • Identify your IRB’s unique challenges  that may impact a member’s continued service
    • Develop strategies to promote the institution’s investment in the IRB

Who should attend?

This advanced-level webinar was useful for institutional officials, IRB professionals, HRPP leaders, IRB members, and chairs.

Continuing Education

CIP Credit label Webinar participants holding the Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) credential may apply 1.5 continuing education credits towards CIP recertification.


Courtney Jarboe, MA, MS, CIP, is the education and outreach specialist at the University of Minnesota, leading the university's human research ethics education and outreach activities. She has eight years of experience leading and managing IRBs, as well as developing, delivering, coordinating and evaluating education and outreach efforts for human research protection programs. Previously, she led the management and function of Capella University's IRB and IRB staff. Mrs. Jarboe actively volunteers as a mentor in PRIM&R’s Mentoring Program, and is the ombudsman for Solutions IRB. She holds the Certified IRB Professional® (CIP) certification and has a Master's of Science degree in Research Ethics from Union Graduate College-Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Ann Morrison, MA, PhD, is assistant professor of special education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She earned her BA at the University of California at Berkeley, an MA in Special Education, and PhD in Literacy Curriculum and Instruction, both at the University of Colorado. Ann is currently the education and outreach liaison to the MSU Denver Human Subjects Protection Program, former chair of the Institutional Review Board, and former HSPP manager. Her professional interests include the neurobiology of literacy development, instructional design and pedagogy in higher education, human research ethics, and cognitive theories of multimedia.


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