Campus Recreation

Graduate Assistantships

Campus Recreation at Western Illinois University offers graduate assistantships to WIU graduate students. The opportunity to pursue a Master's degree in a strong academic program, combined with the practical learning experience of a graduate assistantship, provides applicants with a comprehensive graduate education. Graduate degree programs, which would be enhanced by an assistantship in Campus Recreation, include the following:

Other Graduate Degree programs can be found on the Programs of Study Page.


Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

All graduate assistants will work an average of 20 hours per week, which could include weekends. Customizing and combining positions to meet your personal goals is common.  Early application for optimal consideration is strongly encouraged.


The Aquatics Graduate Assistant supervises all aspects of the Aquatics Center. Duties include risk management, hiring, scheduling, administering in-services, coordinating various aquatics programs and events, and evaluating lifeguards and training. Current lifeguard certification is required.

Facility Management

The Facility Management Graduate Assistant oversees various operations of the Spencer Student Recreation Center and performs duties associated within the facility. Responsibilities include providing exceptional customer service, utilizing conflict resolution skills, responding to injuries, supervising students, implementing risk management procedures, enforcing policies, hiring and training student employees, and assisting with facility management and scheduling.

Fitness Services/Group Fitness

The Fitness Services Graduate Assistant coordinates the fitness sessions including the hiring, training, and scheduling of instructors. Other responsibilities include preparing and administrating in-services, assisting in teaching the in-house training courses for fitness instructors, planning fitness programs, providing students with healthy lifestyle information, and continuing cooperative programs with University offices. Background in Exercise Science, Health Wellness, or Nutrition preferred.

Fitness Services/Personal Training

The Fitness Services Graduate Assistant coordinates the hiring, training, and scheduling of personal trainers, weight room, and cardio area attendants. Other responsibilities include scheduling clients for personal training, preparing and administrating in-services, assist in teaching the in-house training courses for personal trainers, planning fitness programs, providing students with healthy lifestyle information, and continuing cooperative programs with University offices. Background in Exercise Science, Health Wellness, or Nutrition preferred.

Intramural Sports 

The Intramural Sports Graduate Assistants plan, organize, administer, and evaluate over 40 intramural events, assist in the recruitment, training, scheduling, supervising, and evaluating officials and supervisors for assigned intramural sport activities. The Graduate Assistants coordinate all aspects of the Intramural Sports program. Other opportunities include supervision of intramural activities, marketing/promotion, University relations, and student development. Officiating experience preferred.

Multimedia Marketing 

The Multimedia Marketing Graduate Assistant develops marketing and promotional projects incorporating video, digital photos, graphics, etc. to inform the campus community about programs, services, and events in Campus Recreation. The Graduate Assistant works with graphic design student employees, manages the promotional schedule, and collects data to develop focused promotions. Desired qualities include knowledge of design, social media, and video editing, an innovative sense of creativity, and above average communication, organizational, and marketing skills.

Outdoor Pursuits

The Outdoor Pursuits Graduate Assistant uses outdoor programming experience to plan and promote adventure trips and other outdoor activities. This Graduate Assistant will recruit and supervise participants and volunteers, inventory and maintain equipment and supplies, evaluate trips/activities, and coordinate offerings with other University groups. Experience in outdoor programming is preferred.

Rec Events

The Rec Events Graduate Assistant plans, organizes, and implements over 12 Rec Events through Campus Recreation. Opportunities include leading the marketing/promotion efforts for each event, building a relationship/collaboration with University groups to develop events, recruiting and supervising participants and volunteers, and evaluating the event.

Sport Clubs

The Sport Clubs Graduate Assistant oversees all components of the sport clubs program. The Graduate Assistant meets with club presidents and is responsible for ensuring all sport clubs are in compliance with Campus Recreation. Responsibilities include scheduling monthly meetings with sport club presidents, depositing club funds, coordinating travel arrangements, and marketing and promoting sport club events. Excellent time management and multitasking skills are needed. 

Graduate Assistantship Requirements

Candidates must have completed requirements for a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited higher education institution and have been regularly accepted into a graduate degree program at Western Illinois University. A 3.0 GPA or higher is preferred. Additionally, candidates must have an assistantship application, a statement of personal goals, and three recommendation letters on file with the School of Graduate Studies. Desired qualities include previous experience with activity/event programming and/or leadership development, strong interpersonal and communications skills, and a sincere interest in assisting students’ growth and development.


Full time Graduate Assistants receive a $943 stipend per month for eight months plus a tuition waiver for the fall semester, spring semester, and summer term.

How to Apply

  1. Submit the online application to the School of Graduate Studies electronically at the Application for Admission Page.
  2. Submit a non-refundable $30 application fee online by credit card with your application or mail your application and non-refundable $30 (make checks payable to Western Illinois University) application fee to:

    School of Graduate Studies
    Western Illinois University
    1 University Circle
    Macomb, IL 61455
  3. As you complete the online application to the School of Graduate Studies, you will be given the opportunity to complete an Application for Graduate Assistantship. You will also be able to upload a personal goals statement. The assistantship application is also available on the School of Graduate Studies, Current Students, Forms, Application for Graduate Assistantship.
  4. To apply for a graduate assistantship in Campus Recreation, you must complete the Campus Recreation application/questionnaire and return it to the Campus Recreation Office in the Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center along with your resume and a cover letter.
  5. Also, you will need to submit a request to have your Graduate Assistantship documents sent to Campus Recreation. Go to the School of Graduate Studies Homepage and click on Current Students, then Graduate Assistants and Request to have Documents Sent to Department.

For additional information, please contact the Campus Recreation Graduate Coordinator:

Vian Neally
Assistant Director of Campus Recreation
Campus Recreation, Spencer SRC 200A
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: (309) 298-1228
Fax: (309) 298-3224

Western Illinois University is an
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution

Western Illinois University provides the high quality educational programs for a diverse student population. WIU is a comprehensive institution with a primary focus on instruction and an additional commitment to research and public services. Founded in 1899, WIU is a state-supported institution that recognizes its responsibility to serve the western Illinois region and the people of Illinois. WIU has an enrollment of approximately 13,000 students which includes 2,200 graduate students.

Campus Recreation provides recreational programs, facilities, and services to the University community with an emphasis on student needs. Our diverse programs, facilities, and services provide life-enhancing recreational opportunities for the physical, mental, and social interests of the students.

For more information see the complete policy statement.


Contact Info

Campus Recreation
Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center, 200A
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Office: (309) 298-1228
Front Desk: (309) 298-2797
Fax Number: (309) 298-3224