Graduate Studies

Assistantship Positions

Please note: Assistantship positions are intended to complement the student’s program of study and a rationale may be required from the hiring department if the two are not clearly connected. Also, positions listed below may have already been filled. It is the student's responsibility to verify availability with the hiring departments.

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Graduate Assistant - Full-time (20 hours/week)
Rural Residency Grant through the Office of Teacher Education
Macomb campus


The position serves as an assistant for the Rural Residency grant which focuses on the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.

Organizational Relationship:

The graduate assistant reports to the MAT Rural Residency Program Support Coordinator, the Grant Coordinator, and the Grant Director. This position will be housed in the Office of Teacher Education in Horrabin Hall on the Macomb campus. 


  • Must be enrolled in a graduate program; preference will be given to those enrolled in a program within the College of Education and Human Services.
  • Must be able to work approximately 20 hours per week throughout the fall semester, spring semester, and the summer. Some evening hours may be required, but it will be minimal.
  • Must have a driver’s license and be able to drive a University vehicle to the Quad Cities upon request.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Answering general questions pertaining to the MAT program, the Office of Teacher Education, or making connections with someone who can assist
  • Maintaining the organization of paperwork from 10 field supervisors who work remotely across the state of Illinois
  • Enter and maintain student data on the WIUP system (training provided) and spreadsheets
  • Filing student records on Google Drive and in a traditional filing system
  • Assisting instructors with Western Online responsibilities (training provided)
  • Setting up and attending monthly Zoom meetings and creating polls, quizzes, and breakout rooms as necessary
  • Update and maintain web pages as needed (training provided)
  • Greeting and assisting students and visitors who may walk in or call the Office of Teacher Education
  • Drive team members to the Quad Cities campus and provide assistance as needed
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills and be able to make people feel welcome and comfortable in person as well as remotely
  • Must be organized, detail oriented, self motivated, and reliable
  • Must be familiar with Illinois public school systems
  • Must be proficient with entering, maintaining, and manipulating spreadsheets
  • Must be detail oriented to enter data accurately on our WIUP system
  • Must be proficient with Google Applications like Drive, Docs, Sheets, etc. and be able to maintain files through these applications
  • Must be proficient with creating Zoom meetings, including creating polls, quizzes, and breakout rooms
  • Must be willing to learn technology tools like Western Online and how to update web pages with training
  • Must have a driver's license in order to be able to drive a University vehicle
  • Must be flexible and willing to help as needed


To apply, send a letter of application and current resume and/or curriculum vita to Lisa Litchfield at Screening of applications will begin August 8, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Please contact Lisa Litchfield at or 309-298-2117 for more information.

Graduate Student Employment Positions - Non-Assistantship

The below positions are employment opportunities for graduate students but are not assistantship positions. They do not come with a tuition waiver nor follow the eligibility requirements of assistantships.

None posted at this time.