Academics: Office of the Provost

Spelman IRB Members

Who is on the IRB?

In accordance with Federal regulations (45 CFR §46.107), the Spelman College IRB is composed of members with varying backgrounds to promote complete and adequate review of research activities commonly conducted at Spelman College.

There are representatives from the natural sciences, social sciences (both quantitative and qualitative), and the humanities. Also in accordance with Federal regulations, the Spelman College IRB includes at least one member who is not an academic and at least one member who is not affiliated with the college; the regulations permit the same individual to serve in both of these roles.

On occasion, the IRB may invite individuals with competence in special areas to assist with the review of issues requiring expertise beyond or in addition to that available on the IRB. In accordance with Federal regulations (45 CFR §46.107 (f)), such experts participate on a non-voting basis only.

New IRB members may apply or be nominated by other faculty members to serve on the board.  IRB members will have the opportunity to discuss nominees before forwarding the names for recommendation to the Associate Provost for Research. 

Appointment to the Board is made by the Associate Provost for Research as needed.  Membership terms extend for three years, renewable for up to two additional terms. Co-chairs (2) will be elected by the full IRB and will serve a two-year term, renewable for two additional terms.  Co-chair terms should be staggered to allow overlap.  IRB membership may be terminated by vote of a quorum or determination of co-chairs for reasons of non-participation, non-performance, and/or ethical violations.  

The IRB will consist of a minimum of 13 members plus the institutional representative. A quorum will include at least 50 percent of active members.


The Spelman College IRB is comprised of the following members: 

  • Mark Lee, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Biology (co-chair, 8/2014-present)
  • Shani Harris, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychology (co-chair, 1/2016-present)
  • Kimberly Jackson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • Yassin Jeliani, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Mason Kim, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, International Studies
  • Lynn Maxwell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, English
  • Kai McCormack, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychology
  • Melvina Norwood, Ph.D., External Member 
  • Natarajan Ravi, Ph.D.,Professor, Physics
  • Shannon Hsianghan-Huang Sung, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Education Studies
  • Nicole Taylor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Education Studies
  • Yonas Tekle, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biology
  • Jill Triplett, Director, Institutional Research
  • Bruce Wade, Ph.D., Professor, Sociology and Anthropology; Director, Census Information Center
  • Celeste Walley-Jean, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Clayton State University, External member