Welcome, Study Description, and Consent to Participate

Consent to Participate in Research at the University of Oklahoma

[OU-NC IRB Number: 9358                Approval Date: June 25, 2018]

Dear Prospective Participant:

We are conducting a research study to explore the experiences with and desire for mentoring of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) who have taught or currently teach in college composition classrooms at four-year institutions. We are requesting your participation, which will involve an anonymous online questionnaire which consists of selected responses from a field of options as well as a few short-answer questions. This should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.

Your participation in this study is voluntary, and no compensation will be provided for participation. If you choose not to participate or to withdraw from this study at any time, there will be no penalty or negative consequences. If at any time you discontinue the questionnaire, your results will be discarded. The results of the research study may be published, but as it is anonymous, your name will not be known.

Data are collected via an online survey system that has its own privacy and security policies for keeping your information confidential. No assurance can be made as to their use of the data you provide.

There is minimal to no risk associated with participation in this study as it is anonymous and focused upon identifying and tracking trends in existing and desired mentorship practices in Composition and Rhetoric graduate programs. The potential benefits of the study include an improved understanding of the types of mentorship experiences GTAs in college writing classrooms as well as the perceived strengths or areas for improvement that may exist for different mentorship approaches or programs.

If you have any questions concerning this study, please contact either of the Principal Investigators, Mandi M. McRay at mandi.mcray@ou.edu or Lisa K. Bell at lkjones5@ou.edu, or you may contact the faculty advisor, Roxanne Mountford at mountford@ou.edu.

You can also contact the University of Oklahoma – Norman Campus Institutional Review Board at 405-325-8110 or irb@ou.edu with questions, concerns or complaints about your rights as a research participant, or if you don’t want to talk to the researcher.

Thank you for considering participating in this study. Completion of the questionnaire will be considered your consent to participate. 


Please print this document for your records. By providing information to the researcher(s), I am agreeing to participate in this research.  

Question Title

* 1. I would like to participate in the above described study and give consent for my responses to be used for this purpose.