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 four categories: a Major Research Grant of $6,000; Summer Research Grant of $3000; Curriculum Development Grant of $2000; and Course Enhancement Grants (amount varies). In addition, applicants for either of the faculty research grants may apply for an additional $1500 grant to be paid toward a student research assistant associated with the research project.

The Center will provide a $6000 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 support for a member of the faculty 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. 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. Contribution to Willamette University, the larger community, or public policy. (4) 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 22, 2016 - 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)

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The Center will provide $3,000 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 support to engage in new scholarly research leading toward a 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. 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. Contribution to Willamette University, the larger community, or public policy. (4) Any outstanding offer of publication or presentation of proposal.

Application Materials

Deadline: February 22, 2016 - 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)

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The Center will provide grants for Willamette University faculty to develop new courses in fields related to religion, law, and democracy 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

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. Connectivity/Integration with CLA departmental and university offerings. (4) 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 22, 2016 - 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)

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 22, 2016 - 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)

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