Job Opening: Campus and Outreach Coordinator, Oberlin College

job opening - 5Institution: Oberlin College
Location: Oberlin, OH
Education: BA required
Deadline: June 7, 2015
Job begins August 15, 2015


Oberlin Shansi is an independent, non-profit organization that supports international educational exchanges between Oberlin College & Conservatory and institutions and organizations in Asia. Shansi invites applications for the position of Campus and Outreach Coordinator, a full-time, entry-level position beginning August 15, 2015.

The Campus and Outreach Coordinator is a personal link between the students and campus community and the Shansi office, and is responsible for managing the promotion and logistics of on-campus events including symposia, guest lectures and performances. The position offers the unique opportunity to directly engage with Oberlin’s undergraduates, as a mentor/guide, during the process of recruiting and interviewing candidates for Shansi’s fellowships and grants. The Coordinator will collaborate on programs with students and staff from multiple organizations and departments on campus such as the East Asian Studies Department, the Multicultural Resource Center and the Chinese Student Association.

The Campus and Outreach Coordinator also plays a key role in managing Shansi’s electronic and print communication with the Oberlin community of students, faculty and Shansi alumni who are local and international. The Campus and Outreach Coordinator has primary responsibility for the day-to-day organization of the Shansi website and social media presence on sites such as Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn. On a regular basis the Coordinator synthesizes, writes and edits articles and announcements that appear on the website and blogs, and in print documents, such as newsletters and reports.

The Campus and Outreach Coordinator will report to the Assistant Director and work closely with the Executive Director on public outreach and fundraising. The Coordinator will also work with the members of the Board of Trustees and attend Board meetings. The Coordinator will work as a member of a five-person team that includes Shansi’s Secretary, and a half-time staff member, the Returned Fellow, who has just finished a Shansi fellowship in Asia. Applications are due June 7, 2015



Communication management

  • Manage Shansi’s presence on its website and through social media by writing and editing reports and stories, posting stories written by others, and keeping the news about Shansi’s campus programs and events up to date, on a day-to-day basis
  • Collaborate with Shansi Staff in writing and editing of the fall and spring newsletters, and annual report.
  • Learn new software as it comes on the market to fit Shansi’s needs
  • Develop and maintain a Shansi editorial calendar
  • Update and engage Shansi’s friends, alumni of Shansi’s programs, and supporters, on and off campus, through focused e-mails and social media management on Shansi events, programs, and happenings from the fellowship sites in Asia
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Assistant Director to coordinate online public outreach and relationship management for fundraising and outreach

Program management

  • Promote awareness of and encourage applications for the Shansi Fellowships, the In-Asia Grants, and the Shansi Prize through class visits, distributing posters, and information tables in addition to using electronic media
  • Mentor prospective applicants to the programs regarding suitability of submissions
  • Manage the on-campus presentations of the recipients of the In-Asia Grants upon their return to campus
  • Work with campus departments and student groups to assess events, lectures, and cultural performances that request Shansi could sponsorship
  • Maintain relationships and promote collaborations with Oberlin College & Conservatory departments and offices, such as the Multicultural Resource Center and East Asian Studies program, on issues of mutual interest
  • Work collaboratively with all of the members of the Shansi office team to develop and manage special programs and events, such as visiting lecturers and guests, conferences, symposia
  • Assist in all of the preparations and logistics for the bi-annual Board of Trustees meetings, and Commencement Weekend events
  • Under the guidance of the Assistant Director, develop the Winter Term Orientation for the newly selected Fellows, assist during the program, and help carry out the logistics of the three-week orientation including giving presentations and preparing materials
  • Assist in the logistical arrangements for all of the Shansi programs, meetings and events which may include airport pick-ups, management of meals and technical support at public events
  • Meet on a regular basis with the Assistant Director to plan, review work and establish schedules
  • Support other Shansi outreach and program efforts as developed and assigned by the Executive Director and Assistant Director, including developing outreach events and assisting with Board of Trustees committees and performing other tasks as assigned


Education and Experience:

  • Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree
  • Preference will be given to applicants with knowledge of Asia, especially through study or living in China, India, Indonesia or Japan
  • A successful applicant will have demonstrable experience in communicating effectively with undergraduate students, college faculty and staff, and nationals from various countries
    Experience in administration work at a college or university is also preferable

Skills and Requirements:

  • Passion for international exchange, aptitude for learning from others, familiarity with Asian cultures
  • Cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity toward the Oberlin campus community
  • Excellent writing ability, especially in vibrant reportage
  • Imagination and effectiveness in open-minded dialogues and written communication
  • Proficiency in website and social media management; the ability to organize large amounts of digital information, including photos and Word files and working on shared drives
  • Ability and interest in learning new computer programs and other forms of information technology
  • Strong appreciation for sharing and team work while being self-motivated
  • Excellent time management skills within a highly flexible and supportive environment, including keeping schedules for writing and publishing
  • Weekend and evening hours will occasionally be expected because a component of the position requires managing events and programs

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Job Opening: Coordinator, Freshman Seminars Abroad Initiative, Michigan State University

job opening - 5Via JETWit Jobs mailing list.

Position Title/Rank: Coordinator, Freshman Seminars Abroad Initiative
Institution: Michigan State University
Location: Lansing, MI
Education: MA required
Posting Number: 1353
Closing Date: 06-09-2015

Position Summary: The Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education seeks a fixed term academic specialist to work with the Assistant Dean in coordinating the institution’s first-year seminar program, as well as assuming defined responsibilities for advancing global education across the curriculum.

Principal duties will include the following efforts in support of the MSU first-year seminar abroad program: student recruiting and advising, both in-person and electronic; collaborating with key campus stakeholders, including the Office of Study Abroad, Admissions, Financial Aid, precollege programs, and the coordinator of the campus freshmen seminar programs; supporting faculty and staff, including assisting with the development of educational materials and implementing faculty development sessions; assessing student learning; and planning and arranging meetings. The Coordinator will also be charged with assisting in the development of a strategic plan related to communication and funding for the programs.

Additional duties will include representing, as appropriate, the Assistant Dean at campus events related to global education; attending the Faculty Learning Community on Teaching and Learning Abroad; and assisting with strategic initiatives related to Undergraduate Education.

The initial appointment will be for one year, with renewal for a second year contingent on performance. Further reappointment is contingent on performance, available funding, and approval of the Associate Provost.

Minimum Requirements
Applicants should hold a Master’s degree in a relevant field such as global studies, education, or student affairs and have at least three years of full-time work experience in a higher education or related setting. Work experience should include working with undergraduate students in intercultural and/or global settings and program assessment. Excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, and an ability to work with individuals from diverse social, economic, and cultural backgrounds are essential, as is the ability to collaborate with faculty, advisors, and colleagues.

Full details on MSU’s website.

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Job Opening: Publicity Coordinator, The Japan Information and Culture Center

job opening - 5Institution: Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan
Location: Washington, DC
Education: BA
Deadline: not listed

The Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan, is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual for the position of Publicity Coordinator. This individual is responsible for disseminating information about the JICC and various Japan-related events to the public and media, creating and designing promotional materials, and drafting speeches. Please see below for a more detailed listing of responsibilities.

The Embassy offers group health insurance coverage, paid vacation and sick leave. Working hours are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday with weeknight and/or weekend events several times a month (paid overtime). Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please note: Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. green card holder. Screening will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only successful candidates will be contacted. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.


  • Draft flyers, brochures, pamphlets, posters and advertisements for JICC events
  • Draft speeches, statements, remarks and correspondence
  • Develop materials for JICC exhibits such as signs and posters
  • Keep the staff updated on news coverage related to Japanese culture and coverage of JICC events in the media
  • Maintain a database of media- and art-related contacts and build relationships with relevant media
  • Respond to public inquiries on Japan
  • Assist the diplomats with administrative tasks, writing, and research
  • Support other staff with JICC events and other office tasks
  • Other responsibilities as needed

Required and Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual in Japanese and English
  • Strong knowledge of Japanese culture
  • High level of professionalism
  • Flexibility and resourcefulness
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Team-oriented self-starter
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field

Full details on JICC’s website.

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Funding: Stanford East Asia Library Travel Grants

money [150-2]The East Asia Library at Stanford University is now accepting applications for its 2015-16 library travel grants through July 1 2015. The purpose of these grants is to assist scholars from outside the greater San Francisco Bay Area in accessing the Stanford East Asia Library collections for research. Award travel must be between August 15, 2015 and August 14, 2016. Funded by the Department of Education Title VI program, the Stanford Center for East Asian Studies will award up to six grants on a competitive basis to help defray the cost of travel and lodging for scholars of East Asia at other institutions who wish to utilize the collections at the Stanford East Asia Library. The grants will be paid as reimbursements of expenses in compliance with University travel guidelines. The Stanford East Asia Library collection includes roughly 770,000 volumes in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and western languages. Further information about the library collections is available at


Scholars (faculty and advanced graduate students) of East Asia at other U.S. institutions who wish to utilize the collection at the Stanford East Asia Library between August 15, 2015 and August 14, 2016. Priority consideration will be given to those at institutions where there are no or few library resources in the East Asian languages, and no major East Asian library collections are available nearby. Please note that award travel must be completed before August 14, 2016. Applicants do not have to be US citizens, but travel should originate and terminate in the US; no international tickets are allowed.


Up to $750 per trip.


Applications are due by July 1, 2015

Application Procedures

Provide the following documentation in one PDF file less than 1MB in size:

·         A brief statement (not to exceed 250 words) describing your research, the need to use the East Asia Library collections, and proposed travel dates

·         A list of resources you would like to access (applicants must check availability of these resources in the Library’s online catalog or by contacting the relevant area librarian prior to submitting applications)

·         An estimated budget

·         A current curriculum vita

Please apply online at:
For questions regarding eligibility or travel restrictions, please contact John Groschwitz <>, Associate Director, Center for East Asian Studies.

For questions regarding Stanford East Asia Library collections, Please contact relevant area librarian.

Visit the website at

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Book Announcement: The Halo of Golden Light: Imperial Authority and Buddhist Ritual in Heian Japan

Via University of Hawai’i Press.
9780824839864The Halo of Golden Light: Imperial Authority and Buddhist Ritual in Heian Japan
Author: Sango, Asuka
304pp. February 2015
Cloth – Price: $54.00
ISBN: 978-0-8248-3986-4

In this pioneering study of the shifting status of the emperor within court society and the relationship between the state and the Buddhist community during the Heian period (794–1185), Asuka Sango details the complex ways in which the emperor and other elite ruling groups employed Buddhist ritual to legitimate their authority. Although considered a descendant of the sun goddess, Amaterasu, the emperor used Buddhist idiom, particularly the ideal king as depicted in the Golden Light Sūtra, to express his right to rule. Sango’s book is the first to focus on the ideals presented in the sūtra to demonstrate how the ritual enactment of imperial authority was essential to justifying political power. These ideals became the basis of a number of court-sponsored rituals, the most important of which was the emperor’s Misai-e Assembly.

Sango deftly traces the changes in the assembly’s format and status throughout the era and the significant shifts in the Japanese polity that mirrored them. In illuminating the details of these changes, she challenges dominant scholarly models that presume the gradual decline of the political and liturgical influence of the emperor over the course of the era. She also compels a reconsideration of Buddhism during the Heian as “state Buddhism” by showing that monks intervened in creating the state’s policy toward the religion to their own advantage. Her analysis further challenges the common view that Buddhism of the time was characterized by the growth of private esoteric rites at the expense of exoteric doctrinal learning.

The Halo of Golden Light draws on a wide range of primary sources—from official annals and diaries written by courtiers and monks to ecclesiastical records and Buddhist texts—many of them translated or analyzed for the first time in English. In so doing, the work brings to the surface surprising facets in the negotiations between religious ideas and practices and the Buddhist community and the state.

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Fun Link Friday: Dahl’s Japan

With apologies for getting political, I just came across these English-language political cartoons from the Japan Times, and (if you are politically aligned with their positions) they are just wonderful.

As his bio on the Japan Times website says, “Roger Dahl has been contributing editorial cartoons and his Zero Gravity strip for The Japan Times since 1991. He also is an illustrator; his most recent project, a children’s book called “Wisha Wozzariter” (Penguin Publishing), was released in 2012. An American from Seattle, he is a graduate of the University of Washington.”

Here are some of my favorite recent strips from Dahl’s Japan:

For more, check out Dahl’s Japan, at the Japan Times.

Dahl also has another strip at the Japan Times called Zero Gravity.

Political opinions expressed or implied here are only those of the author (Toranosuke) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Shinpai Deshou as a whole, or of its other contributors.

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Job Opening: East Asian Studies, Tel Aviv University

job opening - 5Institution: Tel Aviv University, East Asian Studies, Faculty of Humanities
Location: Israel
Position: Senior Academic Position in Asian Studies, tenure-track faculty

The Department of East Asian Studies at Tel-Aviv University, Israel, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Asian Studies, effective from October 2016. Preferred areas are:

• History of India or Japan
• Chinese and/or Japanese Buddhism
• Contemporary China

The position requires teaching in Hebrew and the ability to conduct independent research in the relevant field. Candidates must hold a Ph.D., or receive a Ph.D. before filling the position.

Salary and conditions will conform to Tel Aviv University regulations. Appointment procedures will be carried out according to the rules and regulations of Tel-Aviv University and are subject to the approval of the University authorities.

Candidates should send their applications, including a CV and samples
of publications or other written work, to:

Professor Galia Patt-Shamir, Chairperson, Department of East-Asian Studies, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel, by June 1, 2015, by post or by email:

Three letters of recommendation from senior scholars are to be sent directly this address.
The position is open to all candidates. The appointment will be based on candidate qualifications and the Department needs. The Department, Faculty or Tel-Aviv University are not obligated to appoint any of the candidates who apply for the position.

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