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Key Professional Appointments

ProfessorCurriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, 2002 - present

Academic Leadership Program FellowCouncil on Institutional Cooperation, 2003 - 2004

Associate ProfessorCurriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, 1997 - 2002

Center for Advanced Study FellowUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997 - 1998

Assistant ProfessorCurriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, 1991 - 1997

Faculty FellowCollege of Education, 1995 - 1996

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Education

Ph.D., Education, Ohio State University, 1990

M.A., Education, Ohio State University, 1975

B.S., Elementary Education, Kent State University, 1974

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Awards, Honors, Associations

Recipient, Fulbright Scholar AwardInstitute of International Education, 2013 - 2013

Recipient, College of Education, Distinguished Teaching Career Award2010 - 2012

University Distinguished Teacher/ScholarUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002 - 2003

Campus Award for Excellence in Guiding Undergraduate ResearchUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001 - 2001

Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate TeachingHonorable MentionUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000 - 2000

University Scholar AwardUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000 - 2000

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching AwardCollege of Education, 2000 - 2000

Distinguished Scholar AwardCollege of Education, 1999 - 1999

Outstanding ResearcherAmerican Educational Research Association, 1998 - 1998

Research & Service

My research interests are drawn from critical theory and applied to the history of literacy, trends and issues in reading research preservice literacy education. My research projects have focused on: the application of a critical pedagogy in preservice teacher education courses that use multicultural literature, the history of African American Literacy, and a critical history of literacy in the United States.

My current projects include a naturalistic study of a critically framed preservice literacy course and a ethnohistorical study of the Calhoun Colored School.

A goal for my current and future research is to apply understandings and knowledge through the application of critical theory to help create more democratic, emancipatory, and socially just schooling environments.

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Publications

Willis, A., Montovan, M., Burke, L., Hunter, C., Herrera, A., & Hall, H. (2008) On critically conscious research: Approaches to language and literacy research.. Teachers College Press: New York

Willis, A. (2008) Reading comprehension research and testing in the US: Undercurrents of race, class, and power in the struggle for meaning.. Lawrence Erlbaum: Mahwah, NJ

Willis, A. (2007) Critical race theory and literacy. Encyclopedia of language and education Springer Science + Business Media: New York

Willis, A., Garcia, G., Barrera, R., & Harris, V. (2003) Multicultural issues in literacy research and practice.. Erlbaum: Mahwah, NJ

Willis, A., & Harris, V. (2003) Afterword. Multicultural issues in literacy research and practice Erlbaum: Mahwah, NJ

Willis, A. (2002) Literacy at Calhoun Colored School, 1892-1943 Reading Research Quarterly

Willis, A. (2001) Rocks in the brook: A teacher educator's self study. Reconceptualizing literacy in the new age of pluralism and multiculuralism JAI Press: Greenwich, CT

Merchant, B., & Willis, A. (2001) Multiple and intersecting identities in qualitative research.. Erlbaum: Mahwah, NJ

Willis, A., & Harris, V. (2000) Political acts: Literacy learning and teaching Reading Research Quarterly

Willis, A., & Johnson, J. (2000) A horizon of possibilities: A critical framework for transforming multiethnic literature instruction.. Reading Online link >

Willis, A. (1998) (1998). Teaching and using multicultural literature in grades 9-12: Moving beyond the canon.. Christopher-Gordon: Norwood, MA

Willis, A., & Harris, V. (1997) Expanding the boundaries: A reaction to the First Grade Reading Studies Reading Research Quarterly

Willis, A. (1995) Reading the world: Contextualizing the school literacy experiences of a young African-American male Harvard Educational Review

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Service

Co-EditorAmerican Educational Research Association, 2010 - 2013

Vice PresidentVice President, Literacy Research Association, 2012 - 2012

Vice-President ElectLiteracy Research Association, 2011 - 2011

PresidentNational Conference on Research in Language and Literacy, 2008 - 2009

Associate EditorThe New Advocate, 2002 - 2003

Funding Board MemberDissertation Fellowship Program, The Spencer Foundation, 2002 - 2003

ReviewerInstitute of Education Sciences, 2002 - 2002

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Courses

Tchg Reading in Grades 4-12 Examines current literacy practices beyond the primary grades including factors related to reading comprehension, vocabulary development, fluency, and motivation. Includes issues related to diversity and ESL related to teaching reading. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 2 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: EPSY 201; junior standing or consent of instructor.

Arlette Willis

Professor, Curriculum & Instruction

Contact

Office

307 Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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