The Institutional Review Board (IRB) consists of a chair and at least five additional members, representing each of the four colleges, including the Forbes School of Business & Technology™; the College of Education; the College of Health, Human Services, and Science; and the College of Liberal Arts, with varying backgrounds to promote complete and adequate review of research activities. The IRB also includes at least one member who is not affiliated with Ashford University.

The current membership of the Ashford IRB includes:

Dr. Charles P. Holmes, Chair
Assistant Professor
College of Health, Human Services, and Science

Dr. Charles P. Holmes is an Assistant Professor in the College of Health, Human Services, and Science at Ashford University. He obtained his PhD in Community Health with a Health Education focus and his Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Illinois. Prior to his graduate work, Dr. Holmes earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Eastern Illinois University. Dr. Holmes has been a collegiate instructor for over a decade, teaching at the University of Illinois for six years prior to moving to his new home in Denver, Colorado. His primary foci in teaching are public health, health education, academic writing, and graduate research. Dr. Holmes was appointed Chair of the Institutional Review Board in February 2016.

Dr. Barbara M. Hall, Member
Assistant Professor & Chair of Instructional Design
College of Education

Dr. Barbara M. Hall began working for Ashford University in 2009 and is currently an Assistant Professor and Chair of the instructional design program in the College of Education. Dr. Hall earned a PhD in instructional design and has 24 years of experience designing and facilitating training and instruction across multiple sectors. She serves her field as a certified peer reviewer with Quality Matters and peer reviewer for several journals and international conferences. She frequently presents and publishes her research focused on designing for discussion-based learning, particularly around the topic of intersubjectivity within peer participation in online discussions. This passion led to her service to the wider university community as Co-Chair of the Discussion Board Task Force in addition to her service as a member of the Institutional Review Board. Dr. Hall served as the Research Fellow for the College of Education from 2013-2014. She was named the 2015 Outstanding Faculty Scholar for the College of Education. In 2016, an article with several other Ashford colleagues earned 2nd place for Best Journal Award (Quantitative) from the Division of Distance Learning with the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). Dr. Hall also consults with a private firm specializing in evaluating online learning programs for quality and growth.

Dr. Irina Weisblat, Member
Assistant Professor
Forbes School of Business & Technology

Dr. Irina Weisblat is an Assistant Professor in the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University (SDSU) and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from National University, San Diego. Her educational background, business expertise, and leadership roles have influenced her research interests that focus on educational effectiveness. She explored the question of whether the skills that the colleges teach actually meet the needs of the global economy. She believes in innovative teaching, as jobs in the 21st century require advanced competencies, leadership, and critical thinking. Dr. Weisblat was named Outstanding Business Educator and presented with the Scholarship Achievement Awards. In 2015, she received the Ashford University Outstanding Academic Scholar award. Dr. Weisblat is a contributing author to the National Standards for Business Education (2013). She published research-based articles in refereed journals, book reviews in professional journals, and two textbook supplements on Entrepreneurship. Dr. Weisblat is past President of California Business Education Association, President of the International Society of Business Education (ISBE), and President of the Ashford University’s chapter of Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society.

Dr. C.T. Rowley, Member
Associate Professor and Lead Faculty
Division of General Education

Dr. C.T. Rowley, is an Associate Professor and Lead Faculty in the Division of General Education. She started at Ashford as an Adjunct Professor in 2007, employing a constructivist course design and teaching model to engage students in the learning process. She has a BA from Penn State University and earned her MA/Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been teaching courses in the Social Sciences and Multicultural Education since 1993 and has professional expertise in the areas of Training and Organization Development, Social Psychology, Ethnic Studies, Distance Education, Mixed Methods, Culturally Centered Ethnography and Qualitative Research. She has held professional memberships in the Online Learning Consortium and the Association for Talent Development, is a certified quality matters peer-reviewer, and has consulted with several universities on best practices in Distance Education.

Dr. Alexander Cohen, Member
Program Chair for the Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Military Studies
College of Liberal Arts

Alexander Cohen is the Program Chair for the Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Military Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from New York University and his PhD from the University of Iowa. His dissertation, which explores how weather can drive political behavior, has been the source of two publications. He joined Ashford University in 2011 and teaches political science and sociology.

Michael J. Noble, Secretary
Faculty Support and Development Associate

Michael J. Noble holds an MBA in Finance from Ashford University and a BA in International Business and Economics from George Fox University. His research interests include effects of political statements and political parties on perceived suitability of presidential candidates.