Centers of Excellence
The Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (CASA) combines the expertise of faculty with an interest in archaeology and ancient civilizations from more than a dozen different disciplines and has made it its mission to promote scholarly research that enhances our knowledge, appreciation, and enjoyment of ancient cultures.
The Center for Asian Studies integrates and develops the Asian and Asian American resources on campus with respect to region-based research and scholarship, curriculum innovation, and co-curricular programming. The Center creates cross-campus and inter-disciplinary opportunities for faculty development, student-faculty collaboration and community outreach, serving as a locus for regional, national, and international collaboration between academic and community organizations.
The Center for Governance and Public Policy Research is a joint program of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Law. The Center performs high-quality policy-relevant research concerned with organizational governance and transformation issues, primarily those with a financial component.
The Center for Religion, Law and Democracy is an interdisciplinary center devoted to the exploration of the role of religion in law and in public life. The Center draws on Willamette’s historic and ongoing strengths as a church-related college committed to academic excellence and public service, as well as its location adjacent to the Oregon State Capitol.
In 2013, the Center for Sustainable Communities was reorganized, along with the University's Sustainability Council, to create a new Sustainability Institute. The new Institute builds on the rich history of the Center, Council, and other units.