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 (

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Assistant Complex Director Position

Anticipated Interviews: October 26-28th
Anticipated Start: November 1st, 2016
Application Contact: Justin Schuch,
Employment Dates - Nov. 1st - Dec. 19th, 2016 and Jan. 17th - May 17th, 2016


The Assistant Complex Director is an apprenticeship in the operation of a residence hall program and involved various administrative and management functions as well as all areas of student development. As an assistant to the Complex Director, the ACD position provides opportunities to learn and develop the expertise and skills needed to function effectively in a residence hall environment, a student services division, or any similar organization.

Essential Functions

  • Assist in the hiring, training, supervising and evaluation of all undergraduate staff and a full-time Residence Hall Clerk.
  • Assist in the coordination of the administrative functions of a residence hall complex, which include: facility management, maintenance, information desk operations, room assignments, student employment, and payroll budget.
  • Provide leadership in promoting an atmosphere within the residential communities that supports academic achievement and fosters responsible decision-making.
  • Coordinate community and student development through assisting the CD with service learning initiatives, social and educational programming, human issues education, faculty involvement programming, student government advising, and the development of special lifestyle communities.
  • Provide advice and counsel for individual students, student leaders, and student groups.
  • Respond to requests and inquiries from university personnel, students, and parents.
  • Participate in an on-call duty program in which student crises are addressed and a follow-up is conducted.
  • Serve as a member to one departmental committee.
  • Potentially assist in the instruction of a credit bearing training course for Resident Assistants.
  • Serve as a liaison to food service, custodial staff, and public safety officers.
  • Oversee expenditures and manage administrative procedures for student programming monies.

Marginal Functions

  • Serve as a liaison to other Student Services Division committees.
  • Assume other departmental responsibilities in regard to staff selection, student recruitment, and orientation.

Required Skills and Knowledge

  • Enrollment in one of the university's graduate programs.
  • Previous residence hall experience is desirable.
  • Good academic standing with the Graduate School.
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work with a diverse student body and staff.

ACD Professional Development Opportunities

Additional Opportunities

  • Potentially serve as an instructor for a credited Resident Assistant course
  • Assistance with professional development funding for conferences when available
  • Serve on a UHDS committee or collateral assignment
  • Advise student organizations
  • Represent UHDS on campus committees and/or collaborations with other departments
  • Enjoy an atmosphere supportive of innovative and self-initiated projects.

Compensation and Benefits for ACD Position

  • Minimum salary of $943 per month

Benefits Include:

  • Fully furnished 1 or 2 bedroom apartment
  • Meal plan when food service is in operation
  • Tuition waiver for Spring Semester
  • Access to student health insurance

Added Perks to working at WIU:

  • Access to guaranteed parking permit  ($66.00/year)

Questions or to apply , contact Justin Schuch at If applying, please include resume and cover letter.

Center for International Studies – International Student Services
Part-Time Graduate Assistant Position

Memorial Hall 347


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to a wide range of cultures
  • Valid driver’s license issued in the U.S. and ability to drive a 15-passenger van
  • Knowledge of software programs to create promotional materials for international student activities

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous participation in international student activities, especially Conversation Partners, International Neighbors, New International Student Orientation volunteer


  • Assist with social media and advertising
  • Assist with the publicity, planning, and implementation of all international student activities (including website updates)
  • Assist with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of New International Student Orientation
  • Drive 15-passenger van for international student activities
  • Assist in the creation of new activities and organizations that help WIU international students integrate into the campus and community
  • Assist with CIS responsibilities where needed
  • Assist in all aspects of serving the international student population
  • Drive when needed for international student activities and WESL field trips

Application Procedure:

All applicants must write an essay (500-word maximum) answering the following questions:

Why are you interested in the assistantship?

How can you contribute to improve the services offered to international students?

Applicants should email the following information to

1) Essay
2) Resume
3) Contact information for three references
4) Scanned copy of your valid driver’s license (must be U.S. issued)

Applications will be accepted until November 4, 2016.