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.

Teaching Support Assistantship - Full-Time
Department of History - Spring 2020

The Department of History is accepting applications for a Teaching Support Assistant (TSA) to begin the spring semester of 2020. TSAs in the department are appointed for a one-year term that is renewable for a second year. TSAs receive a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend during the academic year, during which TSAs work 20 hours per week.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide support services for assigned faculty including technical assistance, classroom support, research, grading, leading study sessions for General Education courses
  • Assist students in the History Academic Achievement Center


  • Admitted to the WIU Department of History M.A. program. Applications are accepted by submitting the following:
    • Application to
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Statement of purpose for the School of Graduate Studies
    • Essay for the Department of History's graduate committee that is a response to this question:
      • Teaching Support Assistants (TSAs) in the History Department are expected to assist undergraduate history students who seek their help, and to personify strong academic performance. To all the History Department to consider your interest in a TSA position, please tell us in 2500 characters (on average, about 300 words) or less about one undergraduate exercise or experience that helped you improve as a historian, and what particular areas of history or historical questions interest you.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

TSAs will receive a performance review every semester and meet with the graduate director to review evaluations of their work by the faculty to whom they were assigned. In order to be retained for a second year, TSAs need to maintain a graduate GPA of 3.5, have positive evaluations, and submit to the committee a short essay requesting retention for a second year.

Questions concerning this position may be directed to Dr. Timothy Roberts, WIU Department of History Graduate Studies Coordinator, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455, telephone 309-298-1053, or email

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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.