The IRB consists of the following members who are appointed by the Provost:

  • Chair:  Oversees the functioning of the committee and provides feedback to investigators and the Provost as appropriate.
  • IRB is composed of one member from each of the four colleges (College of Healthcare Science; College of Humanities, Education, and Social Services; College of Business, Leadership, and Communication; and College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), two community members (including a representative of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters) and two faculty-at-large positions. Members serve a two-year term. Ex oficio members include a representative of the Office of Institutional Research and the immediate past chair.
  • Qualified professionals may be asked to review applications and/or attend meetings for the purpose of providing knowledge in certain areas of expertise.


Catherine Emenheiser, Ph.D.
Office of Institutional Research: UC 212
Phone: 610-790-1918


Office of Institutional Research
Francis Hall, Room 240
Alvernia University
400 Saint Bernardine Street
Reading, PA 19607-1799

Vision Statement

Alvernia University is committed to increasing the quantity and quality of research conducted by members of the Alvernia community. Research conducted at Alvernia should reflect our mission as well as the principles of academic freedom and the dedication to the pursuit of new knowledge. Alvernia University is committed to protecting and ensuring the rights, privacy, and welfare of those individuals participating in research projects conducted at our institution.


Institutional Review Board