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.


GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP - UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
Government, Legal, Spatial and Data Services Unit/Reference Unit/Outreach position

A full-time Graduate Assistantship in 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 position will begin with the start of the 2017 Fall Semester, and be for two, three, or four semesters, depending on status of the successful applicant. Weekly schedule will mainly be M-F between 8am and 5pm. Evening and weekend shifts may occasionally be required.  

Responsibilities

  • Assist patrons in the use of government, legal, and spatial information
  • Prepare online guides that promote the resources of the library
  • Assist patrons at the 2nd floor Reference Desk
  • Assist the Outreach Librarian with outreach and social media activities.

Qualifications

  • Good public service and communications skills are a must.
  • Good computer application skills are also required.
  • Special consideration will be given to candidates with previous library and/or customer service work experience.
  • Special consideration will also be given to candidates with a communications background and experience.
  • 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.

Application Requirements

  1. Complete a graduate assistantship application and submit it to the Graduate School if one is not already on file.
  2. Have a graduate assistantship packet, including application, personal statement of goals, and three letters of recommendation on file in the Graduate School.
  3. Must also include a separate letter in their packet stating which Library Graduate Assistantship position they are applying for – why they want to work at that position – and how its fits into their career goals. In the letter they should also include a description of any previous library, customer service and communications work experience they have.
  4. Submit a separate packet and letter for each library GA position if one wishes to apply for more than one position.
  5. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  6. 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.
  7. Have a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 for any graduate courses that have been completed at the time the contract is initiated.
  8. Be enrolled in at least nine semester hours of graduate coursework.
  9. Must turn in a signed request form to the Graduate Office http://www.wiu.edu/graduate_studies/current_students/forms/GARequesttoDept.pdf signed by Lora Adcock in the 3rd floor Malpass Library Administration Office, requesting that your Graduate Office application packet be sent to the Library Administration Office.

Completed graduate assistantship packets need to be turned into the Graduate Office as soon as possible. The review of applications will begin April 7, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Contact person: Lora Adcock, Administrative Assistant, 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.


GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP - UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
Access Services Unit/Reference Unit

A full-time Graduate Assistantship in 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 position will begin with the start of the 2017 Fall Semester, and be for two, three, or four semesters, depending on status of the successful applicant. Weekly schedule will include Saturdays. Evening and Sunday shifts may also occasionally be required.

Responsibilities

  • Assist patrons with circulation, interlibrary-loan, and reserve activities in the Access Services Unit
  • Undertake special projects in the Access Services Unit
  • Assist patrons at the 2nd floor Reference Desk 

Qualifications

  • Good public service and communications skills are a must.
  • Good computer application skills are also required.
  • Special consideration will be given to candidates with previous library and/or customer service work experience.
  • This Graduate Assistant will report to the Access Services Unit Coordinator and will be required to work 20 hours per week.

Application Requirements

  1. Complete a graduate assistantship application and submit it to the Graduate School if one is not already on file.
  2. Have a graduate assistantship packet, including application, personal statement of goals, and three letters of recommendation on file in the Graduate School.
  3. Must also include a separate letter in their packet stating which Library Graduate Assistantship they are applying for -- why they want to work at that position -- and how it fits into their career goals.  In the letter they should also include a description of any previous library and customer service work experience they have.
  4. Submit a separate packet and letter for each library GA position if one wishes to apply for more than one position.
  5. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  6. 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.
  7. Have a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 for any graduate courses that have been completed at the time the contract is initiated.
  8. Be enrolled in at least nine semester hours of graduate coursework.
  9. Must turn in a signed request form to the Graduate Office http://www.wiu.edu/graduate_studies/current_students/forms/GARequesttoDept.pdf  signed by Lora Adcock in the 3rd floor Malpass Library Administration Office, requesting  that your Graduate Office application packet be sent to the Library Administration Office.

Completed graduate assistantship packets need to be turned into the Graduate Office as soon as possible. The review of applications will begin April 7, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Contact person:   Lora Adcock, Administrative Assistant, 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.


EDUCATIONAL STUDIES - RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP POSITION - Quad Cities
Full-time - 20 hrs/week
$943/month
January 17 - May 13, 2017

Responsibilities

Graduate assistant work assignments in the Department of Educational Studies consist primarily, but are not limited to, the following duties and responsibilities:

Research support activities for faculty - 80%

  • Collecting or analyzing data
  • Preparing publications in APA style
  • Scholarly writing and editing
  • Formatting documents (Microsoft Word)
  • 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
  • Assists with 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.  
  • Other support services as needed

Qualifications

Student must possess the following in order to qualify for the assistantship:

  • Organizational skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Professional etiquette
  • Professional communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Tech skills (Microsoft Office, Google Apps)

Note: A sample of work may be required as part of the application process.

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 graduate GPA of at least 3.0 if graduate courses have been completed at the time the contract is initiated.
  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.

Application Process

Those interested in applying should complete and submit the request form with appropriate signatures ( wiu.edu/graduate_studies/current_students/forms/GARequesttoDept.pdf ) to the Graduate School.

Applications accepted until position is filled.

Contact person: Lisa Turke, la-turke@wiu.edu, or call 309.298-1183.


EDUCATIONAL STUDIES RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP POSITION - Macomb
Full-time 20 hrs/week
$943/month
January 17 - May 13, 2017

Responsibilities

Graduate assistant work assignments in the Department of Educational Studies consist primarily, but are not limited to, the following duties and responsibilities:

Research support activities for faculty - 80%

  • Collecting or analyzing data
  • Preparing publications in APA style
  • Scholarly writing and editing
  • Formatting documents (Microsoft Word)
  • 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
  • Assists with 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.  
  • Other support services as needed

Qualifications

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

  • Organizational skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Professional etiquette
  • Professional communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Tech skills (Microsoft Office, Google Apps)

Note: A sample of work may be required as part of the application process.

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 graduate GPA of at least 3.0 if graduate courses have been completed at the time the contract is initiated.
  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.

Application Process

Those interested in applying should complete and submit the request form with appropriate signatures ( wiu.edu/graduate_studies/current_students/forms/GARequesttoDept.pdf ) to the Graduate School.

Applications accepted until position is filled.

Contact person: Lisa Turke, la-turke@wiu.edu, or call 309.298-1183.