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. Should a student wish to have the assistantship application materials on file in the Graduate School sent to a department outside of their academic program, they must submit the request form (

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University Libraries; Government, Legal, Spatial and Data Services Unit / Reference Unit - Fall 2016
Graduate Assistantships - 2 positions

A full-time Graduate Assistantship in the Government and Legal Information Unit of the University Libraries includes a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend of $943 based on 8 months – or $7544 for the academic year.  The positions will begin with the start of the 2016 Fall Semester.

Duties include: 

  • working on special projects within the Government, Legal, Spatial and Data Services Unit;
  • assisting patrons at the 2nd floor General Reference desk within the Reference Unit;
  • and other duties as required. 
  • Some evening and weekend hours may be required. 
  • The Graduate Assistant will report to the Government, Legal, Spatial and Data Services Unit Coordinator and will be required to work 20 hours per week.

Good public service and communication skills are a must. Special consideration will be given to candidates with previous library work experience. Map and/or GIS knowledge will also be given special consideration.

Because of the amount of training required for the position, and the subjects most often addressed by the Unit, candidates who will be full-time graduate students for 3-4 more semesters in Accountancy and Finance, Economics, Geography, History, Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, or Political Science will be given preference. 

Graduate Assistantship application information is available at the Graduate Office’s website. Those interested in applying should fill out the necessary forms and materials with the Graduate Office. Applicants must include a letter stating why they want to work in the library and how it fits into their career goals. In the letter they should also include a description of any previous library and public service work experience they have. The review of applications will begin on Wednesday, April 1st and continue until the positions are filled.

To have your assistantship application materials and letter sent to be reviewed for these positions, please complete and submit the request form to the Graduate School. Please note that the contact person's signature is required on this form.

Contact person:   Lora Adcock, Administrative Clerk, Library Administration Office, 3rd floor, Malpass Library.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

University Bands and Choirs; Coordinator, Digital Marketing – Fall 2016

University Bands and Choirs are seeking a full time (20hrs/week) Graduate Assistant for the Fall 2016 term, renewable up to 4 semesters.  The GA will help create a presence to promote the departments' programs to a national audience through the collection and dissemination of creative video and photographic images, updating daily activities on social media, designing advertisements/recruiting materials for mail outs, and the creation/editing of videoboard movie trailers for athletic bands and concert ensemble announcements.

Necessary skills include a creative flair for marketing/advertising as well as requisite skills in Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere.

To have your assistantship application materials sent to be reviewed for this position, please complete and submit the request form to the Graduate School. Please note that the contact person's signature is required on this form.

Contact person: Dr. Mike Fansler ( 309/298-1505