Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology

Research Opportunities and Grants

The Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology (CASA) at Willamette University has made it its mission to promote scholarly research that enhances our knowledge, appreciation, and enjoyment of ancient cultures. CASA Faculty Fellowships support and encourage active scholarship and continuing professional development. Through this program CASA affirms that research, enhancement of teaching, and other forms of continuing professional development are essential for sustaining the vitality of the university's curricula in classical studies, promoting its academic reputation, and contributing to the body of knowledge in disciplines, professions, and interdisciplinary fields of study devoted to ancient studies.  The program provides funding for projects selected through a competitive review process and awards will be up to $4,000.

CASA Faculty Fellowship

CASA Faculty Fellowships support and encourage active scholarship and continuing professional development. Awards up to $4,000 are granted in order to support scholarship and teaching improvement projects that require substantial time and or expense. In particular, the CASA program supports three types of new or emerging professional activity: (1) Research and Scholarship Projects -- Such projects may include new research initiatives, a new and different phase of a continuing research project, scholarly publication, and artistic activity; (2) Professional Development Projects -- Awards for professional enhancement allow faculty to expand competence within their current specialization or to obtain training in a new area or field, and; (3) Teaching Improvement Projects -- These awards support the development and improvement of teaching approaches, techniques, and methods.

Eligibility, Guidelines and Evaluation Material

Criteria to be applied in the competitive evaluation of all proposals include the following: (1) Clear statement of the purpose and rationale and the precise issue to be investigated or goal to be achieved; (2) Well-planned approach to accomplishing the goal, including statement of methodology, creative process, or other approach to the scholarship, timetable, and budget; (3) Likelihood of publication, artistic exhibition, or presentation at a professional meeting (for research/scholarship awards); and (4) Value of the project to CASA and the profession.

Application Materials

CASA invites proposals for faculty development projects for the next academic year. Proposals are due by 5:00 pm on February 17. Late applications are not accepted. Applications forms must be submitted electronically (as attached .pdf files). Copies of proposals funded last year are available for review at the CASA office, located at 180 Church Street SE. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee consisting of three CASA core faculty members appointed by the CASA director. This committee expects to complete its review by mid-March and will notify applicants soon thereafter. Proposals must provide details sufficient for colleagues from a variety of disciplines to evaluate the usefulness and validity of your project. Methodologies or procedures commonly accepted in a particular field of study may need to be briefly explained.

Deadline: February 16, 2015 - Applications are due electronically to April Miller ( as attached .pdf files by 5:00 pm (CLOSED)

Contact Information: Ortwin Knorr (ext. 6029)

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Exhibition Fund for Ancient and Medieval Art at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Established in 2007 by the Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology, this fund provides up to $4,000 in support for both small and large exhibitions of ancient and medieval art (or related historical art) at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. Artworks from these time periods are rare in the Salem area, and indeed in the entire Pacific Northwest, so any exhibition that brings to the museum a really fine Roman portrait, an exquisite Chinese bronze vessel, or a brilliant French Gothic illuminated manuscript would provide a unique first-hand experience of a cultural masterpiece of high aesthetic quality and historical significance. University students, faculty and staff, local schoolchildren, as well as the general public benefit from these enriching displays. Such objects, carefully chosen for their multifarious links to the university’s curriculum, displayed in the quiet and distinctive galleries of the university’s art museum, and accompanied by abundant explanatory materials and related programming, also encourage careful and critical viewing habits. The fund helps to make possible the exhibition of such objects (which is often otherwise prohibitively expensive) in this context — objects that wonderfully complement the university’s paramount mission to pass on the tradition of liberal learning by fostering the skills of critical thinking and questioning, reading and observing, as well as speaking and writing. University faculty and curators interested in organizing an exhibition and applying for support from this fund must begin their planning process by discussing their ideas with the director of the museum, John Olbrantz. Once the envisioned exhibition is approved and scheduled by the museum, an application for support from this fund may be made in the form of a detailed memo describing the content and goals of the exhibition in relation to its potential pedagogical benefits. The memo must also describe and justify any planned programming in conjunction with the proposed exhibition as well as providing a detailed budget for the project. Applications will be accepted at any time, but must be accompanied by a letter of support from the museum’s director. Applicants are encouraged to seek other, outside sources of funding as well.

Application Materials

Deadline: March 6, 2015 - Please submit all application materials electronically (as .pdf files) to Leslie Whitaker at (CLOSED)

Contact Information: Ortwin Knorr (503-370-6029)

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