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.

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.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Graduate Assistant - Full-time (20 hours/week)
Campus Events - Undergraduate Admissions
Macomb campus

Division overview:

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is an interactive office with 30+ full time/graduate staff and 25+ student ambassadors under the Division of Enrollment Management. The Division also consists of Financial Aid, Retention Initiatives, and Transfer Services.

Position overview:

The Graduate Assistants (GA) in Undergraduate Admissions will work with a variety of areas of the prospectie student recruitment process. The GA - Campus Events will report to the Assistant Director of Campus Evenst and work closely with the Welcome Center Coordinator, Co-Graduate Assistants, and Student Ambassadors/Volunteers. The GA will spend the majority of their time focusing on large scale campus recruitment events while participating in weekly staff meetings, individual meetings with their direct supervisor, and other professional development opportunities throughout the year.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • (40%) Coordinate the development, logistics, and execution of large scale recruitment programs:
    • Discover Western: Open house style on-campus program for students and families to interact with current students, meet with Academic/Student Success staff, tour campus, and more.
    • Experience Western: An on-campus overnight program for admitted students to discover student life at Western, learn from WIU faculty, and get informed on the next steps to becoming a Leatherneck.
    • Western Express: A free on-campus day program geared towards admitted students who have never visited WIU to visit campus via the Amtrak Train.
  • (30%) Facilitate admissions presentations, virtually and on-campus, to students and families regarding the admissions process, financial aid, student life, etc.
  • (15%) Support the development and indirect supervision of student workers through the Admissions Ambassador Program
  • (10%) Meet individually with prospective students and families to share admissions information.
  • (5%) Represent Western Illinois University at local, virtual and campus-based recruitment and outreach events, as needed.

Skill Development Areas:

  • Programming (planning, facilitation, evaluation)
  • Budgeting
  • Supervision
  • Presenting/public speaking

Required Qualifications:

  • Full time enrollment in a graduate program at Western Illinois University
  • Must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout the term of appointment
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to work with diverse student population
  • Must have flexible hours; some evening and weekend work required
    • Evening/weekend work dates will be shared at beginning of semester

Preferred Skills:

  • Background in program planning and facilitation
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Highly motivated and willing to learn
  • Ability to serve as a role model for undergraduate students
  • Understand the value of out-of-class involvement


To apply for the 2022-2023 Academic Year, please email Assistant Director of Campus Events, Eiran Saucedo-Rodarte, at with an updated resume and intended graduate program (ex. College Student Personnel, Public Safety Administration, etc.)

Preference will be given to those admitted to the College Student Personnel Program.

Screening of applicants will begin on July 11, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Research Assistant - Full-time (20 hours/week)
Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute
Macomb campus


The position serves as a research assistant for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute and assists with planning, scheduling, and management of programs and projects of the department.

Organizational Relationship:

The research assistant reports to the program manager for research and development unless otherwise noted.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Tasks performed by the position include:

  • Provide research in topical areas as assigned
  • Compile data and present in written format
  • Assist in conducting research related to projects or initiatives within the organization and/or law enforcement community
  • Assist in the development and writing of quarterly and annual reports and any other reporting measures as assigned
  • Assist with planning of events and projects
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and present new ideas
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Skill in both verbal and written communication
  • Proficient in SPSS statistical software, Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Comprehensive knowledge regarding research, statistics
  • Ability to work with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds


  • Must be fully admitted to a graduate program at Western Illinois University
  • Able to fulfill at least an 18 month requirement
  • Start date available as early as August 2022, no later than January 2023
  • Preference given to those who have an undergraduate degree in statistics, social sciences, or criminal justice
  • Must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout the term of appointment. Failure to do so can result in the loss of the position and future financial remuneration


To apply, send a letter of application and current resume and/or curriculum vita to Heather Hotz at Attach a list of completed coursework if it is not included in your resume and/or vita. Screening of applications will begin August 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Please contact Heather Hotz at or 309-298-2646 for more information.

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.