Key Professional Appointments

Professor Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, 2002 - present

Academic Leadership Program Fellow Council on Institutional Cooperation, 2003 - 2004

Associate Professor Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, 1997 - 2002

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

Assistant Professor Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, 1991 - 1997

Faculty Fellow College of Education, 1995 - 1996


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

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

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

Awards, Honors, Associations

Recipient, Fulbright Scholar Award Institute of International Education, 2013 - 2013

Recipient, College of Education, Distinguished Teaching Career Award 2010 - 2012

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

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

Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Honorable Mention, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000 - 2000

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

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award College of Education, 2000 - 2000

Distinguished Scholar Award College of Education, 1999 - 1999

Outstanding Researcher American Educational Research Association, 1998 - 1998


Discussant."Adolescent literacy."During the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association, (2012).: San Diego, CA.

Critical Consciousness in Langauge and Literacy Research (2012).: Las Vegas, NV.


Co-Editor American Educational Research Association, 2010 - 2013

Vice President Vice President, Literacy Research Association, 2012 - 2012

Vice-President Elect Literacy Research Association, 2011 - 2011

President National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy, 2008 - 2009

Associate Editor The New Advocate, 2002 - 2003

Funding Board Member Dissertation Fellowship Program, The Spencer Foundation, 2002 - 2003

Reviewer Institute of Education Sciences, 2002 - 2002


Tchg Diverse High School Stu Examines the curriculum and philosophy of teaching students in high school grades. Students will focus on a number of related topics including teaching a diverse student population, including all students in instruction, using technology for teaching high school English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies and alternative means of assessing students' learning. Seminar content will be integrated with coursework in instructional technology, assessment, and special education with high school students. Coursework is integrated with a high school field experience. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.

Tchg and Assessing Sec Sch Stu Emphasizes the practical application of theory and recommended practices for developing curriculum, teaching, and assessing learning in the middle and senior high school years. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.

Culture in the Classroom Explores cultural, political, and social factors that affect learning and teaching. Introduces students to the fields of educational anthropology and multicultural education and to the application of cultural information to curriculum development and classroom practice. The 3-hour undergraduate version and 4-hour graduate version meet the Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient Students requirement for Bilingual and/or ESL Teaching Approval or Endorsement from the Illinois State Board of Education. 3 undergraduate hours. 2 or 4 graduate hours.

Crit Theory in Lit Research Intensive examination of problems and trends in the subject fields. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours.

Issues & Trends in Reading The timing of beginning reading, the influence of certain linguistic findings on methodology and terminology in instructional materials, and the influence of research on methodology are addressed in a way that provides a historical perspective for evaluating the merit of emerging issues and trends.

Assessment-Based Reading Instr Supervised experiences; special attention to evaluative and interpretative techniques in cases of severe reading disabilities based on the analysis of specific reading needs. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours.

Willis, Arlette

Professor, Curriculum & Instruction



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