In my first semester as an assistant professor, I submitted a protocol to the IRB for an ethnographic and autoethnographic study about art and community. The goal was to do a group ethnography and work with my students to write and collect narratives about a community art installation. The students would do thematic analysis and report their findings in their final semester papers four short months later. The students were excited about working with a community artist, and so was I. I submitted the protocol on behalf of the class and started waiting. I called to check about the status in October and was told revisions were needed. In November, I learned the study was approved. By that time, the semester was almost over, I shifted the course’s focus, and the hopes that I would be able to work...
Confessions of an IRB Member: Consulting with the IRB
Jennifer L. Erdely (PhD, Louisiana State University) is an associate professor of communication at Prairie View A&M University, where she teaches classes in performance studies, ethnography, activism, and documentary criticism and methods. As a scholar who employs qualitative methods, she centers the individual, their body, and their stories as the basis of her work. Her current project utilizes performance, ethnographic, and autoethnographic inquiry to explore narratives of chronic pain, and empathy. email: email@example.com
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Jennifer L. Erdely; Confessions of an IRB Member: Consulting with the IRB. Journal of Autoethnography 1 July 2021; 2 (3): 351–354. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/joae.2021.2.3.351
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