PT/Adjunct Faculty Newsletter

April/May 2015 Lenoir-Rhyne University Hickory Campus

Mark Your Calendars! 4th Annual Campus Celebration of Academic Excellence April 27 - May 6, 2015

Lenoir-Rhyne University is holding the 4th Annual Campus Celebration of Academic Excellence April 27 - May 6, 2015 on the Hickory campus. Help us celebrate our students across campus who have excelled in their academic programs-of-study. Please find below a list of some of the various events:

  • the kick-off event on Monday, April 27 at 10:00 AM (convocation) in Belk Centrum, when Dr. Jonathan Schwiebert, Associate Professor of Religion and the 2014-2015 Faculty Fellow, presents his keynote talk, “The Courage to Learn;”
  • the Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) on Tuesday, April 28;
  • the Academic Awards ceremony on Monday, May 4; and
  • the culminating Honors Convocation on Wednesday, May 6 (a required convocation event for all traditional, full-time students and a celebration to which our entire campus community is invited).
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Important Reminders from IRB (Institutional Review Board)!

All student research involving human subjects has to come before the IRB in some manner. There are a couple of ways this is done. If it is a project that is being done within the class for the purpose of learning about the research process then there is a form that is completed by the faculty person and is submitted to the IRB. The Class Project Form is then reviewed by the IRB chair and approved as long as the research activities meet the criteria for exempt research. The form, as well as information about categories of research, can be found on the LRU IRB web pages.

If the proposed class project does not meet the criteria for exempt research, then it must be submitted to the IRB in the appropriate category of research. Projects meeting the category for exempt can be submitted at any time and can usually be reviewed quickly, within a couple of days in most cases. Projects needing expedited review can also be submitted at any time, but can take two weeks to review (not counting holidays and breaks) because it involves more than one reviewer. Projects requiring full board review are only done 2 or 3 times per semester (Fall and Spring semesters only) and the deadlines for full board submissions are published on the LRU IRB web page.

If the student is engaging in research activities to contribute to the knowledge surrounding a topic and is using human subjects, it is considered research and has to be submitted to the IRB for review.

Faculty: if a student approaches you about administering a survey, they should be able to tell you if it has gone through IRB. If the student submitted it through the IRB, he or she received an e-mail when it was approved. Students whose project was submitted by faculty on the class projects form do not receive individual e-mails, but the faculty member would have received an e-mail from the IRB. Faculty with class projects: please be sure to share with your classes when you have submitted the class projects form to IRB so they are aware that it has undergone IRB review.

Faculty do not need to submit survey materials to IRB that are being used by faculty for assessment, evaluation, and planning purposes in the classroom unless they are planning on conducting research with the data. If you have any questions, please contact Kathryn Tinkelenberg either at or 328-7289.

Remember LAMP closes at the end of May - transfer your materials now to Canvas

As many of you may have heard, Lenoir-Rhyne will be using a new learning management system beginning in summer 2015. Instead of using LAMP, we will use a product called Canvas.

Many of you may have saved materials in your LAMP account. If you wish to keep any of those materials, you will need to save them by May 31, 2015.

This short video will show you the easiest way to save materials from the Resources folder in LAMP. This short video will show you how to move materials out of LAMP and into Canvas.