Graduate AssistantshipsGraduate assistantships are academic merit-based award programs which provide you with work opportunities in a job closely related to your academic interest in communication. As a full-time graduate assistant, you will be required to work up to 20 hours per week or teach 5 to 6 semester hours per semester, and will receive a monthly stipend and a waiver of tuition. Assistantship applications received prior to March 15 may be given priority consideration for the following Fall. The Communication Graduate Program has assistantships from among the following categories. All categories of assistantships may not be available each year. Categories of Assistantships Graduate Assistant Graduate Assistant duties are varied and are designed to support the administrative and operational functions of the department. Assistants whose primary (i.e. greater than 50%) duties consist of one or more of the following types of activities will be classified as Graduate Assistants:
- Work assignments which are non-classroom/teaching related
- Technical/support services
- Classroom support such as grading, tutoring, preparation of class materials, etc.
- Clerical assistance
- Library research
- Proposal writing
- Data collection
- Data analysis
- Collaborating with faculty in preparing publications
- Teaching classes under supervision by University faculty person
- Leading lab or discussion groups in a course setting
- Must have a graduate assistantship application, personal statement of goals, and three letters of recommendation on file in the Graduate School.
- 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.
- Must have a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 if graduate courses have been completed at the time the contract is initiated.
- 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.
- Sign an assistantship contract and complete all required employment paperwork.
Coordinator, Graduate Program
Department of Communication
Memorial Hall 313
Western Illinois University
Macomb, Illinois 61455
Phone: (309) 298-1059