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 (

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 - Full-time, 20 hours/week
University Libraries - Reference/Systems/Archives

This full-time (20 hours/week) 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 begins in Fall 2019 and covers up to four semesters, depending on student status. Assistantship does not include summers.

Position Duties:

  • assisting patrons at the 2nd floor Reference Desk (10 hours)
  • assisting Archives staff with processing, cataloging, records management and reference (5 hours)
  • digitizing, tagging, organizing, and uploading music performance recordings. Additional web publishing duties as needed (5 hours)
  • Weekly schedule will mainly be M-F between 8am and 5 pm


  • Good public service and oral communication skills
  • Library and/or customer service work experience
  • Experience working with varied computer software; web development experience desirable

Application Process:

Send a cover letter and resume to Lora Adcock, Administrative Assistant, Library Administration Office, 3rd floor, Malpass Library. The letter should state why you want this position, why you would be a good selection, and how it fits into your career goals. Include a description of any previous library, customer service, and communications work experience you have.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. Your completed graduate assistantship application must be on file at the Graduate Office.

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.

House Director - Alpha Sigma Tau


The House Director is an integral part of the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority, serving as a paraprofessional staff resident who has the most direct and constant contact with the sorority residents. This individual will live in the sorority house and work with all residents of the sorority who are currently enrolled at the University. The primary responsibilities are to:

  • Serve as a facilities manager for a 15-room (max. 30 residents) facility
  • Handle move-in, move-out duties as well as damage assessment duties
  • Coordinate needed repairs (along with the undergraduate officer and House Corp. Board) with local contractors
  • Be the primary liaison between the House Corporation Board and catering service
  • Handle security alarm duties
  • Enforce policies and procedures (alcohol-free, quiet hours, emergency, University, etc.) of the house
  • Assist house finance officer in assessing fees
  • Oversee the housing budget in coordination with the House Corp.
  • Ensure the living environment is healthy and safe
  • Serve as a resource for the sorority
  • Encourage a positive, community-oriented learning environment in the chapter house


  • Female enrolled as a graduate student at Western Illinois University
  • Housing experience and sorority experience preferred


The House Director compensation will include the following:

  • Furnished House Director Apartment: living room, bedroom, bathroom
  • Full meal plan


The House Director will have the opportunity to learn basic skills in programming, human interaction, and administration. This position will begin August 1, 2019, and end May 30, 2020 (with the opportunity for a 1-year renewal). Please send your resume and cover letter to Cathy Onion at by Monday, May 20.