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 (wiu.edu/graduate_studies/current_students/forms/GARequesttoDept.pdf)

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.


RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP - PART-TIME (1/3 position*)
Institutional Research and Planning - Macomb campus
*All applicants must have secured a 2/3 assistantship position with another area to be eligible

Position Responsibilities/Duties
Research assistants are expected to perform their duties in a professional and timely manner.

(90%) Conduct research and data analyses, including descriptive and/or inferential statistics. This will include gathering and cleaning up data, performing data analysis and Internet research, gathering research materials, and contacting/communicating with external data sources, when necessary.

(5%) Develop appropriate methodology for a wide range of projects.

(5%) Provide training and technical support on data tools and data interpretation.

Qualifications

  • Graduate level course work in Psychology or related science.
  • Ability to work with IBM SPSS software.
  • Effective writing and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge about best practices in research methods.
  • Analytical thinking and problem solving.
  • All applicants must have secured a 2/3 assistantship position with another department to be eligible.

Workload Requirements  
Part-time research assistants are expected to provide 7 hours of service per week.

Please contact the Director of Institutional Research, Angela Bonifas, before Monday, April 23, 2018 at  AJ-Bonifas@wiu.edu .


Human Resources - Graduate Assistant - Macomb campus

Full-Time Graduate Assistant Position - Fall 2018

Qualifications:

  • Active listening skills; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Bachelor’s degree required; major or minor in HRM or Business preferred
  • Ability to work independently
  • Previous office experience or customer service experience helpful

Duties:

  • Work with HR staff members to develop, update and/or maintain program and procedure manuals for each functional area of the WIU Human Resources department, including:
    • Front Desk/Reception
    • Examination
    • Classification
    • Compensation
    • Employment
    • Employee Training & Development
    • Benefits
    • Workers’ Compensation
    • Labor Relations
  • Manage/maintain existing web site
  • Assist with social media, website maintenance,  and advertising

Application Procedure:

All applicants must write an essay (500-word maximum) answering the following questions:

Why are you interested in this assistantship?
What strengths do you think would contribute to your success?

Applicants should email the following information to cl-lotz@wiu.edu

1)      Essay

2)      Resume

3)      Contact information for three references

Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2018


Educational Studies - Research Assistant - Macomb campus

Full-time Research Assistant Position - Fall 2018/Spring 2019

The assistantship is 20 hour per week with a current salary of $943 per month. Preference will be given to students in the Department of Educational Studies. Graduate assistant begins August 20, 2018 fall contract with spring contract ending May 10, 2019. This position will be available at the Macomb campus. Research assistant work assignments in the Department of Educational Studies consist primarily, but not limited to, the following duties and responsibilities:

Responsibilities:

Classroom support activities for faculty……………………………………………….80%

  • Collecting or analyzing data
  • Collaborating in preparing publications
  • Library research
  • Other research activities.

Clerical assistance (e.g., answering phones; filing; letter writing, etc.)………….…...10%

  • Assists in preparation and organization of book orders for the department
  • Assists in scheduling departmental meetings in Horrabin Hall
  • Assists in organization of course syllabi and service requests for the department
  • Assists in organization of  student evaluations, either through face to face or online method

Technical support ………………………………………………………………..…...10%

  • Excel/database development; data entry/data retrieval, etc.  
  • Assists in data entry for change of grades for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Web page development and management
  • Other support services.

Eligibility Requirements:

Pursuant to the School of the Graduate Studies, students must meet all of the conditions listed below in order to hold an assistantship position:

  1. Must have a graduate assistantship application, personal statement of goals, and three letters of recommendation on file in the Graduate School.
  2. Must be a degree-seeking graduate student regularly accepted into a master’s program. Probationary students, non-degree students, and second bachelor’s degree students are not eligible to hold assistantship positions.
  3.  Must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (based on all hours attempted at all institutions attended) if no graduate-level courses have been completed. Must maintain a 3.0 or higher graduate GPA once graduate-level courses have been completed.
  4. Must be enrolled in at least nine semester hours of graduate coursework or undergraduate deficiencies if holding a graduate or research assistant position for fall/spring; or at least six semester hours if holding a teaching assistant position for fall/spring; or three semester hours for summer (any position). If it is the assistant's last semester of coursework (as verified by the degree plan), it is acceptable to be registered for only the remaining required courses.
  5. Sign an assistantship contract and complete all required employment paperwork.

Qualifications:

Student must possess the following qualifications in order to qualify for the assistantship.

  • Organizational skills
  •  Writing and editing ability (specifically APA style)
  •  Professional etiquette and writing (for dealing with authors/reviewers)
  •  Ability to work independently
  •  Tech skills  (Excel, Dropbox)
  •  Teamwork

Please submit letter of personal interest specific to the graduate assistantship position, no later than March 28, 2018 to:

 Lisa Turke, Office Manager
Department of Educational Studies
1 University Circle
Horrabin Hall 115A
Macomb, IL  61455


Educational Studies - Graduate Assistant - Macomb campus

Full-time Graduate Assistant Position - Fall 2018/Spring 2019

The assistantship is 20 hour per week with a current salary of $943 per month. Preference will be given to students in the Department of Educational Studies. Graduate assistant begins August 20, 2018 fall contract with spring contract ending May 10, 2019. This position will be available at the Macomb campus. Graduate assistant work assignments in the Department of Educational Studies consist primarily, but not limited to, the following duties and responsibilities:

Responsibilities:

Technical/support…………………………………………………………………..80%

  • Assists in data entry- tracking communication with EDS graduate program applicants
  • Assists in data entry-tracking student progress of each of our students in the EDS M.S. and TESOL programs
  • Assists in communication of important deadlines for our EDS M.S. and TESOL students
  • Assists in data entry for change of grades for undergraduate and graduate students

Classroom support activities for faculty (e.g., grading, proctoring, etc.)…………10%

Clerical assistance (e.g., answering phones; filing; letter writing, etc.)…………..10%

  • Assists in preparation and organization of book orders for the department
  • Assists in scheduling departmental meetings in Horrabin Hall
  • Assists in organization of course syllabi and service requests for the department
  • Assists in organization of  student evaluations, either through face to face or online method

Eligibility Requirements:

Students must meet all of the conditions listed below in order to hold an assistantship position:

  1. Must have a graduate assistantship application, personal statement of goals, and three letters of recommendation on file in the Graduate School.
  2. Must be a degree-seeking graduate student regularly accepted into a master’s program. Probationary students, non-degree students, and second bachelor’s degree students are not eligible to hold assistantship positions.
  3.  Must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (based on all hours attempted at all institutions attended) if no graduate-level courses have been completed. Must maintain a 3.0 or higher graduate GPA once graduate-level courses have been completed.
  4. Must be enrolled in at least nine semester hours of graduate coursework or undergraduate deficiencies if holding a graduate or research assistant position for fall/spring; or at least six semester hours if holding a teaching assistant position for fall/spring; or three semester hours for summer (any position). If it is the assistant's last semester of coursework (as verified by the degree plan), it is acceptable to be registered for only the remaining required courses.
  5. Sign an assistantship contract and complete all required employment paperwork.

Please submit letter of personal interest specific to the graduate assistantship position, no later than March 28, 2018 to:

 Lisa Turke, Office Manager
Department of Educational Studies
1 University Circle
Horrabin Hall 115A
Macomb, IL  61455



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.