Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship is a part-time professional staff live-in position as a Graduate Resident Assistant or Graduate Resident Adviser.


How many positions are available?

  • Six part-time professional staff, 10-month, typically 20 hours per week (hours fluctuate depending on the seasons and situations within residence life), live-in apartment positions as Graduate Resident Assistants (GRAs). Responsible for assisting in student care, discipline, and facility management for campus apartment units and/or campus houses (approx. 10 hours per week), and working in another division of Student Development (approx. 10 hours per week).
  • Six part-time professional staff, 10-month, typically 20 hours per week (hours fluctuate depending on the seasons and situations within residence life), live-in Residence Hall positions as Graduate Resident Advisers (GRAs). Responsible for assisting with staff, student care and discipline as well as facility management in one of four residence hall areas.

Who is eligible?

  • Students applying for a Masters Degree in Christian Formation and Ministry, Biblical Exegesis, Intercultural Studies, Theology and History of Christianity are eligible to apply for a Graduate Assistantship in Residence Life.
  • Those applying to the Student Development concentration in the Christian Formation and Ministry program will be given priority.

What is the schedule?

Graduate Assistants begin work at the beginning of July and end the last week in May. Actual starting and ending dates vary according to the college calendar. One full weekend off is granted to live-in Graduate Assistants during the months of August, September, October, November, February and April. Graduate Assistants do not work the two and a half weeks between semesters and the week of Spring Break.

How does being a GRA coordinate with my schedule?

Graduate Assistants must be enrolled in at least 8 hours, but not more than 10 hours each semester.

How am I compensated?

Graduate Assistants receive a one or two bedroom furnished apartment, furnished office including computer system, basic phone line, utilities, one free course per semester, a taxable stipend, and other specified part-time employee privileges.GRA candidates are considered for merit based scholarships. However, please know that hired GRAs' merit scholarships may be reduced when coordinated with the staff tuition benefit.

How do I apply?

  • Application material may be obtained from Human Resources.
  • Graduate School application material may be obtained from Graduate Admissions.
  • Contact the appropriate academic department for details concerning specific graduate program requirements.
  • Assistantship application and Graduate School application must be submitted concurrently.
  • First consideration will be given to those whose applications are received in Human Resources prior to February 1, those applying to the Student Development concentration in Christian Formation, and those who will have at least one year between completion of undergraduate and start of graduate studies.
  • Telephone interviews will be scheduled for late February with selected candidates.
  • Campus interviews will be scheduled for March and April.
  • Applications will be received until all positions are filled.
  • Contract offers are conditional, pending acceptance into a graduate degree program.
  • Applicants are expected to make a two-year commitment; however, performance will be reviewed during the first year.
  • Applicants may apply for more than one Assistantship.

For more information:

To receive an application, contact Human Resources at 630.752.5060. For questions regarding positions, contact the Associate Dean of Residence Life at 630.752.5427.

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