The Teaching Assistant, Biological and Physical Sciences (BPS) position provides administrative, laboratory, and technical support to the faculty of the BPS department. This role maintains responsibility for assisting faculty in the classroom and laboratory environments, answering general student questions, and supporting students in laboratory settings. This position serves to aid faculty in creating the most conducive learning environment in an effort to prepare our students for a career in the Biological and Physical Sciences field.
Provides classroom assistance to faculty, adjuncts, and students. Assists in maintaining BPS lab cabinets including maintaining stock, organization of materials, ordering supplies, and preparing them for classes. Assists in preparing lab stations for faculty to support student learning. Assists in laboratory class coverage as needed. Cleans and organizes assigned laboratory environments and identifies problems with any laboratory equipment as they arise. Maintains laboratory supplies and equipment.
Answers general questions and provides information to student regarding course content, and resources available to students in need of assistance in determining course substitutions and prerequisite requirements, and other general information. Performs other duties to support teaching function for lecture, lab and distance learning classes inclusive of working with the BPS teaching assistant team to inventory and clean all departmental laboratories.
Provides technical and administrative support for faculty, adjuncts and chairperson. Makes scheduling arrangements for classrooms and equipment. Orders, maintains, and distributes required laboratory materials for students, staff, and faculty. Meets with faculty and staff to determine capital equipment needs, as needed.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Fosters and maintains a safe environment of respect and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, and members of the community.
Other Duties and Responsibilities
Attend all department meetings and required trainings.
Usual Physical Requirements
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions described in this position description. While performing duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer. The employee regularly stands and sits. Employee converses verbally with others in person and by telephone. Employee regularly reaches with hands or arms, climbs or balances and stoops, kneels, crouches or crawls while practicing life-like scenarios on the floor. Employee frequently uses hand or fingers to touch. Vision demands include close, relatively detailed vision and distance vision. Employee regularly lifts equipment up to 25 pounds and occasionally may lift equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.
Normal classroom and office working conditions. May be required to perform essential functions at off-site locations.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of: general office practices and procedures; academic subject area and curriculums; course materials; behavioral intervention; mentoring or teaching best practices; office practices and procedures; English word usage, spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation; administrative and office management; computers, software, including cloud applications, and Microsoft Office applications (Work, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint). Skill in: verbal and written communications; excellent listening skills; maintaining good public relations; customer service; conflict resolution; general typing; application of job software programs; time management and organization; problem-solving under pressure; administrative problem solving; operating general office equipment. Ability to: develop and maintain effective working relationships with associates, vendors, students, telephone users and general public; maintain confidential and sensitive information; think creatively to find solutions; perform complex tasks and prioritize multiple projects; exercise sound judgment in relieving management of administrative responsibilities; participate in collaborative work; develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders across the College and community; effectively work with persons of varying cultures and diversity; problem solve effectively.
Bachelor's Degree in a closely related field. One (1) year of professional experience. State Motor Vehicle Operator's License or demonstrable ability to gain access to work site(s).
Columbus State Community College has been meeting the diverse educational needs of the Central Ohio community for more than 50 years. The college is proud to be an important contributor to the growth and progress of the region and to serve as the front door to higher education in Central Ohio. From the first graduating class in 1965 through this year, 50,000 students have earned associate degrees in 50-plus technical fields and academic transfer programs. Columbus State also offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree programs whose coursework fulfills the freshman and sophomore year requirements for bachelor’s degree programs offered by four-year colleges and universities throughout the state. Specific transfer agreements with more than 40 colleges and universities are in place at Columbus State, and new direct-to degree partnership programs are being developed all the time. Columbus State now has two campuses serving Central Ohio educational needs. The Columbus Campus is located on 85 acres in downtown Columbus. The 108-acre, full-service Delaware Campus welcomed its first students in 2010. Additionally, Columbus State offers classes at nine convenient regional learning centers throughout Central Ohio.