Umbrella IRB

Umbrella IRB for Teaching-Related Research

The CTE leads an umbrella research protocol for faculty and graduate students who are conducting teaching-related research. The protocol has streamlined the IRB process for pedagogical research projects since its introduction and has also increased Rice’s visibility nationally with respect to teaching and learning initiatives.

Principal Investigators

Sandy Parsons, Associate Teaching Professor in Psychological Sciences and CTE Faculty Fellow

How to Join the Protocol

In MS Word format, please send a completed protocol form and any surveys or interview questions you will use in the study to Sandy Parsons. Most studies included in the protocol will use specific language on course syllabi as the mechanism for acquiring students' consent. If you wish to use another means for consent, please include it when you email Sandy the other materials. Students who do not wish to take part in the study should be provided with alternate means of assessment.

Criteria for Joining the Protocol
  • Studies must only involve Rice students.
  • Studies cannot, at this point, receive external funding. Internally funded projects will work, but we will need to file a specific modification for those.
  • Studies should be connected to a specific course offered at Rice.
  • All investigators need to have current CITI certification (see below).
CITI Certification

As required by federal regulations, any investigator conducting human subjects research must complete CITI training, specifically the "Social & Behavioral" Basic Course. You can register for and begin the CITI training here.