Call for a Community Member to Serve on KPU’s Research Ethics Board

The KPU Research Ethics Board (REB) reviews research involving human participants or human biological materials conducted within or on behalf of KPU. The REB’s role is to ensure the research meets current ethical standards for the protection of human research participants. This is a volunteer position with a modest stipend of $200 per month.


  • The primary role of the community member on a REB is to reflect the perspective of the participant.
  • Community members review relevant research materials before each monthly meeting and contribute to meeting discussions from the participant perspective.
  • A community member is someone who lives in the community that KPU serves, and/or is a current or past research participant. As a regional, special purpose teaching university, KPU has a mandate to serve the combined areas of school districts 35 (Langley), 36 (Surrey), 37 (Delta) and 38 (Richmond). 
  • It is important that the community member does not work or study at KPU.
  • Experience in research is NOT required. We recognize that many community members possess unique insights and perspectives that can greatly contribute to our ethical review process, regardless of their research background. It is preferable to have no working experience in these areas.


  • Agree to a two-year term (with the possibility of renewal).
  • Attend 10 REB meetings per year on the last Friday of every month from 10am- 12:30pm (meetings are held in-person with an option to attend virtually via Microsoft Teams).
  • Review materials before each monthly REB meeting.
  • Provide input and take part in discussions during meetings.
  • Review one to two minimal risk studies (studies that do not get reviewed at meetings) each month independently on your own time.
  • Be comfortable reviewing electronic documents.
  • Time commitment is about 5-8 hours per month, this includes the 2.5 hour monthly REB meeting.
  • Completion of the online tutorial called the TCPS 2: CORE-2022 (Course on Research Ethics) will be required.

How to apply

KPU welcomes and strongly encourages applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and/or persons of any gender identity or expression. If you require any accommodation, please include your request in the application email.

Please submit your CV and a short statement (300 words maximum) outlining your interest in joining the KPU REB. 

Contact the REB Chair, Dr. Tara Lyons, or the REB Coordinator, Foluso Fagbamiye, at with any questions. Please submit your application to