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Athabasca University

Research Ethics

Call for Community Member

Athabasca University is seeking a volunteer to serve as a Community Member on its Research Ethics Board.

Term of Appointment:  Board members are appointed by the highest authority in the university for a two-year term and may serve for more than one term.

The Board meets once a month (for approximately 2 – 3 hours) to review applications from Athabasca University staff, students and external researchers submitted through the University’s online application system (Research Portal).  Teleconference is available for REB members who do not reside in the Athabasca area.  Pre-meeting preparation may involve up to a full day of reading.  Additional meetings may be required from time to time for purposes of training, planning, and organization.

Your application should include the following:

  • A one-paragraph statement of interest
  • Your personal contact information
  • A short biographical outline of your community involvement (relevant work or volunteer history), any specialized knowledge such as training in research methods, ethics or relevant law, and any experience as a researcher or research participant.

Application Procedure:
Please apply in writing to the Research Ethics Office:
Mail: Research Centre, Athabasca University, 1 University Drive, Athabasca AB  T9S 3A3

Application Deadline:  June 23, 2017

Further Information:  Contact Gail Leicht, Research Ethics Officer, phone 780-675-6718, or E-mail

For general information about ethics in human research, please visit Athabasca University’s Research Ethics webpage at

(Personal information collected will be used to determine qualifications and suitability for the position noted above.  This information is collected and used under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.)

Research Requiring Ethics Review

Research projects involving human subjects, or participants, conducted by members of the University community or by external researchers who use AU resources or participants must receive prior written approval of the AU Research Ethics Board (REB). Approval is required irrespective of the source of financial support (if any) and irrespective of the location of the project, in the latter case, so long as the investigator represents the work as AU research. The "University community" comprises all AU faculty, staff, research assistants, graduate students, and visiting researchers.


There are some cases for exemption from ethics review which are further detailed in the policy. Please contact the Research Ethics Officer for confirmation of exemption prior to undertaking a study.

Review Options and Timing

Research ethics applications may be reviewed by the Research Ethics Board (REB), or may receive delegated review via the REB Chair or one of five departmental ethics review subcommittees.

The REB regularly meets once a month. The Chair and departmental subcommittees are limited to minimal risk projects with short time constraints (e.g. AU student research projects that must be completed within a 3-month timeframe). These reviews are conducted as needed. All other projects can be expected to go through the regular monthly REB meeting (which is generally held at the end of the month). Researchers are advised to plan for a start date no earlier than the second week of the month following review (in case changes requiring further review are identified).

Application Deadlines

Board Membership

AU Research Ethics Board (REB)

The REB mandate and procedures are in AU Policy and Procedures, Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans

Hussein Al-Zyoud Public Members: Linda Bonneville
Donna Clare  
Ali Akber Dewan    
Joy Fraser, Chair    
Carolyn Greene Vice Chair    
Carolyn Greene    
Debra Hoven    
Hugh Notman    
Simon Nuttgens, Co Vice-Chair    
Lynda Ross    
Pierre Wilhelm    

More Information

Applicants are invited to consult with the Research Ethics Officer to explore solutions that will assist their application to move smoothly through the review process.

Updated June 27 2017 by Student & Academic Services

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