Office For Faculty Research and Resources (OFFRR)

Center for Religion, Law and Democracy

Faculty Development Grants

A central mission of the Center for Religion, Law, and Democracy is to support faculty scholarship and curriculum offerings that enhance explorations of the intersection of religion/values with the culture and public policy. 

The Center for Religion, Law, and Democracy offers grants for faculty development in three categories: a Major Research Grant of $9,000; three Summer Research Grants of $4000; and two Curriculum Development Grants of $2000. In addition, applicants for either of the faculty research grants may apply for an additional $1000 grant to be paid toward a student research assistant associated with the research project.

The Center defines its substantive mission broadly to include issues that touch upon the relationship between religion and/or values and the law, government, public policy or culture, either nationally or internationally. Previous grants have been awarded to faculty in the anthropology, politics, religious studies, foreign languages and rhetoric departments and in the school of education and college of law.


Faculty Major Research Grant

The Center will provide a $9000 stipend for a substantial research project in a subject related to the scholarly mission of the Center. This grant is available to all Willamette University faculty. The goal of this grant is to provide an opportunity and support for a faculty to work to complete a substantial scholarly research and writing project that will result in a scholarly presentation and publication in a scholarly journal or book. (Applicants are encouraged to apply for an additional $1500 grant for a student research assistant.)

Eligibility, Guidelines and Evaluation Material

Proposal Format and Procedures: Please keep in mind that readers of your proposal may be from outside your discipline. Proposals will be reviewed by the Center’s Faculty Advisory Board and approved by the Directors Council of the Centers of Academic Excellence. Evaluation Criteria for Faculty Research Grants: (1) Degree to which proposal engages, in an interrelated way, themes of religion in the culture, in history, in government and/or law, or in public life; (2) Originality of topic and likely contribution to the scholarly literature or discipline; (3) Quality of the proposal with respect to planning and articulation of purpose; (4) Contribution to Willamette University, the larger community, or public policy, and; (5) Any outstanding offer of publication or presentation of proposal. For the Major Research Grant, applicants must demonstrate where the research will be published and how the award is going to be used to meet publishing goals.

Application Materials

Deadline: February 17, 2014 - Proposals should be submitted to Center for Religion, Law & Democracy, Oregon Civic Justice Center (CLOSED)

Contact Information: Steven K. Green, CRLD Director (503-370-6732)

For More Information: http://www.willamette.edu/centers/crld/faculty_grants/index.html

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Faculty Summer Research Grant

The Center will provide $4,000 stipends for summer research in a subject related to the substantive mission of the Center. These grants are available to all Willamette University faculty. The goal of these grants is to provide faculty support to engage in new scholarly research leading toward a scholarly publication or presentation or to complete an ongoing project that will result in a scholarly presentation and/or publication in a scholarly journal or book. (A recipient of either a Major or Summer Research Grant is ineligible to receive the other grant within the same academic year. Applicants are encouraged to apply for an additional $1500 grant for a student research assistant.)

Eligibility, Guidelines and Evaluation Material

Proposal Format and Procedures: Please keep in mind that readers of your proposal may be from outside your discipline. Proposals will be reviewed by the Center’s Faculty Advisory Board and approved by the Directors Council of the Centers of Academic Excellence. Evaluation Criteria for Faculty Research Grants: (1) Degree to which proposal engages, in an interrelated way, themes of religion in the culture, in history, in government and/or law, or in public life; (2) Originality of topic and likely contribution to the scholarly literature or discipline; (3) Quality of the proposal with respect to planning and articulation of purpose; (4) Contribution to Willamette University, the larger community, or public policy, and; (5) Any outstanding offer of publication or presentation of proposal. For the Major Research Grant, applicants must demonstrate where the research will be published and how the award is going to be used to meet publishing goals.

Application Materials

Deadline: February 17, 2014 - Proposals should be submitted to Center for Religion, Law & Democracy, Oregon Civic Justice Center (CLOSED)

Contact Information: Steven K. Green, CRLD Director (503-370-6732)

For More Information: http://www.willamette.edu/centers/crld/faculty_grants/index.html

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Curriculum Development Grants

The Center will provide grants for Willamette University faculty to develop new courses in fields related to the substantive mission of the Center that will utilize an interdisciplinary exploration of these of related topics. The grants may also be used to significantly enhance already existing courses in ways that will integrate an interdisciplinary exploration of these related topics. The curriculum development grants are $2000.

Eligibility, Guidelines and Evaluation Material

Proposal Format and Procedures: Please keep in mind that readers of your proposal may be from outside your discipline. Proposals will be reviewed by the Center’s Faculty Advisory Board and approved by the Directors Council of the Centers of Academic Excellence. Evaluation Criteria for Curriculum Development Grants: (1) Degree to which proposed or revised course engages in an interrelated manner, themes of religion in the culture, in history, in government and/or law, or in public life; (2) Anticipated readings, projects, and other evaluative criteria in course; (3) Likely number of students enrolled; (4) Connectivity/Integration with CLA departmental and university offerings; (5) Whether the course will be team-taught or cross-listed between departments and/or colleges. Expectations of Grantees: (1) Approval of the course proposal by the Department/College and the Curriculum Committee and (2) Intention to offer the course twice within the next 5 years.

Application Materials

Deadline: February 17, 2014 - Proposals should be submitted to Center for Religion, Law & Democracy, Oregon Civic Justice Center (CLOSED)

Contact Information: Steven K. Green, CRLD Director (503-370-6732)

For More Information: http://www.willamette.edu/centers/crld/fac_grants/index.html

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Course Enhancement Grants

In addition to the above grants, the Center provides modest course enhancement grants for which faculty may apply on a continuing basis. The purpose of these grants is to provide financial support to enhance an existing or planned course through a class speaker or special course materials. These grants, which may be applied for at any time, are modest grants (normally under $500) to pay for travel expenses, a small honorarium, and/or the purchase of special course materials for which neither the faculty member nor their department has financial resources. As with the other grants, the course must be in a subject related to the substantive mission of the Center.

Application Materials

Deadline: February 17, 2014 - Contact Center Director for application instructions and deadlines. (CLOSED)

Contact Information: Steven K. Green, CRLD Director (503-370-6732)

For More Information: http://www.willamette.edu/centers/crld/fac_grants/index.html

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