Classroom Aides

Classroom aides (formerly called teaching assistants) are an important part of the Geology Department at the College of Charleston. They help make classes better in several ways including actively teaching students, serving as peer counselors, being role models for intellectual growth, and helping to improve the efficient use of faculty time. A rich and diverse curriculum requires an active and engaged group of classroom aides. This is also a great way to review basic introductory concepts and build your resume, both for graduate school and future job applications.  To be eligible you must have taken the lab or its equivalent.

Students should look for information about how to serve as a classroom aide during the first weeks of each semester. For further questions regarding the classroom aide positions, students should contact Robin Humphreys. Here are some of your obligations when you become a classroom aide:

Equipment and Logistics:

  • All classroom aides will help keep equipment clean and returned to storage, keep specimens organized and returned to storage, and help with general cleanliness in the labs.
  • If departmental field equipment such as Bruntons, acid bottles, map boards, hard hats, measuring tapes or sticks, etc. are used during a lab, the classroom aides are responsible for collecting the equipment at the conclusion of the lab and returning it to its home.

Vans (upper level labs):

  • Drivers must pass a vehicle safety course.
  • Drivers need to pick up and return vans on time.
  • The vans need to be cleaned of litter and mud inside when they are returned.
  • Remember to fill out the log book.

Being a classroom aide is a personally rewarding job. Many students discover a love of teaching. Others remark about how much better they understand the subject having taught it to someone else. Lastly, there is the satisfaction of helping to make the Geology Department a stronger community of learners.