Area Representative (AR) Spotlight – Tonya Jamison

What is your job title?

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Administrator III

What area of campus, building and department do you work in?

Office of Regulatory Affairs/Collins Road Complex

How long have you been at MSU?

Nine Years

How long have you been an Area Representative?

Since September 2015

Why is being a member of the Union important to you and what value does it bring?

I am union member because it is important to have a work advocate that can provide me with accurate information regarding my responsibilities, rights and ways to positively and effectively collaborate with others to make MSU an outstanding place to work! I value the union because it provides me with knowledge and a fair working wage.

What words of advice do you have for the new hires at MSU? My advice to new hires is to keep a positive attitude (my motto “attitude determines your altitude”), enroll in professional development courses to improve your skill set/knowledge, find a mentor to help you professionally navigate and everyday try to learn something new either about your position, department or MSU.

What do you love about working at MSU? I love the campus atmosphere and the institution of higher learning.

What do you like to do when you are not at work? I enjoy working out, reading and traveling.

What Is an AR and How Can a Member Find One? The AR’s are appointed by the Executive Board and their role is to assist with distributing APA materials and information and to serve as a resource for members. AR’s are assigned to a geographic area of campus, so if there is not an AR in your immediate building, you can find one nearby. For a list of AR’s go to

Area Representative (AR) Spotlight