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Teaching Assistant - Biological & Physical Sciences

Columbus State Community College
Ohio, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 11, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Business & Administrative Support
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Part Time
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Job Title: Teaching Assistant - Biological & Physical Sciences

Department: Academic Affairs

Location: Columbus Campus

Employment Type: Staff

Employment Status: Part-Time Professional

Bargaining Unit: Non-Bargaining Unit

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Compensation Type: Hourly

Compensation Range: 20.00 - 20.00

Job Description:

The College

Community colleges are uniquely positioned to respond to workforce needs and make higher education an affordable reality. There has never been a better time to join a two-year college, and there’s no better place to do it than at Columbus State. A laser focus on student success and a partnership mindset have established Columbus State as a key talent provider in a thriving regional economy, and a premier community college that is changing the nation’s education and workforce landscapes. With more than 46,000 students across two campuses, at several regional learning centers, and online, Columbus State is the nation’s only institution recognized as an Achieving the Dream (ATD) college, an AACC Guided Pathways institution, and a participant in The Right Signals Initiative through the Lumina Foundation. Columbus State employees at all levels benefit from an engaging, collaborative, and supportive culture that rewards innovation and vision. We provide competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits, and professional development opportunities. We are dedicated to ensuring that the diversity of Columbus State faculty and staff reflects that of our students and region. We are proud to be a central part of a community that embraces differences and celebrates the many cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles that define Central Ohio.

The City

Columbus, Ohio is also home to The Ohio State University and more than 30 other colleges and universities as well as the headquarters of multiple Fortune 500 companies. Columbus is one of America’s fastest-growing cities, offering a wealth of cultural experiences, dining, entertainment, shopping opportunities, and more. That’s why Central Ohio residents find living here so fulfilling, both professionally and personally.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions described in this position description. Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this position description.

Position Summary

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.

Core Competencies Required

Professionalism, Managing Work, Continuous Improvement, Customer/Student/Employee Focus, Collaboration, Quality Focus, Communication, Planning & Organizing, Adaptability


Classroom Support

Provides classroom assistance to faculty, adjuncts, and students. Assists in maintaining BPS lab cabinets including maintaining stock, organization of materials, 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.

Customer Service

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. Maintains, and distributes required laboratory materials for students, staff, and faculty.

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.

Working Conditions

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

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).

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