Cecile Arquette

Associate Professor

Westlake Hall 245
(309) 677-2614

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Literacy and ESL from New Mexico State University
M.A., TESOL from Columbia University
B.A, Dramatic Arts from Mary Washington College


Dr. Arquette teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of language arts. These include Methods of Teaching Language Arts, Children’s Literature (both online and face-to-face classes), Emergent Literacy, Reading and Writing across the Curriculum, and Methods of Teaching English Language Learners.

Dr. Arquette believes it is very important for future teachers to learn by using practical methods, thus her courses are project based. Her students practice effective instruction via participatory lessons in class, individual, pair, and small group assignments. Students teach each other (peer teaching), and write lesson plans and teaching units they will be able to use in their future classrooms. Dr. Arquette also emphasizes assignments that enable her students to work with elementary students at school sites in the Peoria area.


Because of her interest in best practices in her own classroom, Dr. Arquette’s research has focused on effective classroom methodology and peer and cross-age interactions in classrooms. She has been able to link her research to her teaching and service in such projects as a three-year journal-writing project between her methods students and children in a local primary school. This research culminated with a Special Emphasis Grant that enabled Dr. Arquette to hire and work with two undergraduate students who assisted her with interviewing study participants. Dr. Arquette and her research assistants presented their findings at a national research conference and have received publication acceptance for a book chapter.

Dr. Arquette is currently collaborating with Dr. Hunzicker of the Teacher Education Department on a project in the Coal City School District entitled Using Best Practices to Improve Writing Instruction in Primary Classrooms. This project focuses on the implementation of writing workshop instruction in an elementary school to boost student achievement on a state mandated writing assessment.


Dr. Arquette is in her second term as a University senator, and serves on the Senate Sabbatical Committee. She currently serves on the advisory board for EHS 120, a course taken by the majority of freshmen during their first semester at Bradley. Dr. Arquette was the Whittier Primary School Coordinator for the College of Education and Health Sciences Kemper project for four years. Serving as a PDS coordinator enabled her to establish many valuable links between her students and local area schools.

In addition, Dr. Arquette has served on many departmental committees, including the Academic Review committee, the Elementary Education and Early Childhood committees, and she chairs the Teacher Education Scholarship and Literacy committees. She is the faculty advisor for the Bradley Student Education Association, and serves as the liaison for the Department of Education’s part-time faculty.

Dr. Arquette has been a member of the International Reading Association’s Manuscript Review Board since 2002.