Teaching & Laboratory Assistants

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 teaching assistants. 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.

During the first week of each semester, we will send an email to all majors and minors offering them this great opportunity. This involves contacting Robin Humphreys and letting her know the class(es) you are interested in. Here are some of your obligations when you become a teaching or lab assistant:

Equipment and Logistics:

  • All teaching assistants 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 lab assistants 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 teaching assistant 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.