NOTE: This is an instructional support position. This is not a faculty position.
DEFINITION:Under general supervision, provides instructional assistance and support tasks to students in the Biological Science and Chemistry classes in accordance with assignments and directions from a course instructor or other academic personnel; provides technical assistance to students, faculty, and staff in the use of technology in instructional programs; monitors and reports student progress; maintains Biological Science and Chemistry lab operations; provides instructional support for the students enrolled in Biological Science and Chemistry classes/labs requiring technical competence in basic math, general biology, chemistry, use of instructional equipment and software, and basic academic skills.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:Positions assigned to the class of Instructional Associate perform duties to assist and support a classroom instructor or other academic personnel, in a tutorial program, classroom, lab, or office setting. Classification in the instructional associate area requires individual emphasis, based on the instructional assignment. Each specialized emphasis (i.e.: Instructional Associate/ Arts) constitutes a separate classification. Specific tasks may vary depending upon the subject area and discipline to which assigned. Work is performed within a framework of established procedures which may not require the physical presence of the instructor or other academic personnel. Positions in this class may exist in any of the instructional departments or divisions. Incumbents in the class of Instructional Associate are expected to have completed a minimum of two years of college with a major in the subject area to which their position is assigned. Recruitment to fill a position in this class should include the instructional area of assignment, such as "Instructional Associate (Art)" or "Instructional Associate (Mathematics)".
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
a. Assist instructional staff with the instruction, demonstration, and presentation of course assignments and materials for groups of students in the Biological Science and Chemistry courses.
b. Assist in the preparation of instructional activities.
c. Assist students with assignments, course content, and study skills; evaluate student work and coordinate appropriate tutorial sessions and supplemental instruction as needed.
d. Assist in the coordination, operation, and maintenance of the science laboratory set up, including preparation of solutions, dispensing chemicals, preparing specimens, setting up equipment, and disposing of chemicals and specimens.
e. Set up and maintain specialized instruments and equipment and present information in a logical, accurate and interesting manner to students.f. Orient students and new faculty on the procedures used and technology available to facilitate learning.
g. Monitor and record student progress and attendance; prepare and maintain related records and reports; evaluate student needs; confer with instructors regarding student progress.
h. Recommend appropriate instructional materials and technology to be used by students; maintain and test instructional materials and technology to ensure instructional methods and course content is current, accurate, and relevant in accordance with instructor's curriculum guidelines.
i. Demonstrate or describe the proper operation of equipment, instruments and supplies used in lab work.
j. Assist students with technical difficulties regarding assignments.
k. Respond to student questions and provide information regarding subject matter.
l. Research and troubleshoot technical problems when students, staff, and faculty have difficulty with the instructional equipment, course management systems, or log-on procedures.
m. Assist in recruiting, hiring, training, and supervising student assistants.
n. Assist instructorsin preparation of manuals, handouts, and training/teaching materials.
o. Demonstrate and enforce proper health and safety procedures and regulations in the laboratories and ensure that students are aware of such regulations.
p. Perform general clerical functions critical to the maintenance and efficiency of the laboratories.
q. Participate in development of the budget and monitor expenditures.
r. Make minor repairs and adjustments to laboratory equipment, such as microscopes; and arrange for necessary repairs of other equipment.
s. Oversee schedule and training of students and maintain hourly employee records.
t. Maintain accurate records.
u. Consult with vendors regarding supplies, materials and equipment as needed.
v. Monitor inventory and order materials and equipment needed to maintain office, lab, and/or classroom.
w. Participate in department meetings with instructional staff to exchange information, provide periodic reports and to remain current in instructional support techniques and procedures.
x. Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.