Prof S.O.S. – Student Offered Support

A Centralized Faculty Assistant Program to Aid in Faculty Work-Life Balance

Goal: To provide Harvey Mudd College faculty members with easy access to student assistance on occasional and/or short-term tasks and projects.

Nature of Work Supported

  • Clerical – such as copying course documents or research articles, scanning documents, preparing packages or envelopes for mailing, filing, etc.
  • Computational – installing software, data entry, bibliographic preparations for courses, internet searches, etc.
  • Multimedia Assistance – creating/editing web pages, photo editing, video creation/editing, etc.
  • Manual – such as re-organizing iClickers in numerical order after a class, boxing up books or research journals, retrieving books or articles from the library

Nature of Work Not Supported

Assistance with faculty research such as laboratory activities, analysis of data and/or primary/secondary sources; personal errands such as picking up laundry, etc.; activities requiring examination of confidential documents or grades; any activities requiring driving on or off-campus, etc.

Features of Program

  • Online submission of faculty requests – each faculty member guaranteed 20 hours of paid service per semester (subject to ongoing funding availability)
  • Students need not be work-study eligible to participate
  • Student coordinators monitor both requests and completion of tasks

The ProfSOS General Procedure

  • Professor submits request
  • Students select tasks of interest
  • Coordinator sets up email thread
  • Professor and student decide on time(s) when task should be completed.
  • Student reports that task is completed and number of hours spent.
  • Professor confirms completion and hours.

Faculty: Complete the Prof SOS Task Request Form.

Thank you for taking part in the ProfSOS program, we appreciate any and all feedback! Contact us at

Additional questions may be directed to the chair of the faculty at