Call for Applicants: JPP Global Scholars Directory Planning Team

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Dear colleagues,

Japan Past & Present (JPP), a digital platform project sponsored by the Yanai Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities at UCLA and Waseda, invites applications for 3 posts: 1 Team Coordinator and 2 Team Collaborators, who will work on our new Global Scholars Directory Planning Team for approximately 4 months with possible extension for another term.

As we undertake the development of this pioneering open-access digital platform to support research and teaching in the Japanese humanities, one particularly important goal is to create a digital directory that will enable scholars in the Japanese humanities around the globe to more easily network and be readily visible in and beyond the field. The Global Scholars DirectoryPlanning Team will be charged with thinking through fundamental issues relating to the creation of this public-facing profile resource that allows scholars to present and easily update information relating to their research, publications, and teaching.

The team’s goals will be to: 1) identify appropriate parameters for an accessible and searchable directory for online scholarly profiles; 2) identify and evaluate extant models from various disciplines; 3) recommend strategies and best practices for the directory’s creation, maintenance, and long-term sustainability; 4) serve in an advisory/user experience capacity as the directory is developed. 

Please find details below. For more information on the Japan Past & Present project, please see these recent announcements at UCLA, Waseda University, and H-Net Japan.


Project: Japan Past & Present
Team: Global Scholars Directory Planning Team
Posts: Team Coordinator (1 opening); Team Collaborator (2 openings)
Term: 4 months, with extension possible (start date April 2022)
Location: Remote (via Zoom)
Commitment: Team Coordinator - est. 4 hrs/week; Team Collaborator - est. 3 hrs/week
Compensation: $30 USD/hour*

*Variations in compensation may apply depending on laws or regulations pertaining to your individual circumstances or institution.


  • BA or BS degree
  • scholars of all disciplines, specializations, and career stages in Japanese humanities are invited to apply
  • individuals currently serving on a JPP project team are not eligible to apply


For all team members:

  • knowledge of and experience with digital platforms/directories/databases used for academic exchange (e.g. H-commons,, LinkedIn, university profiles, and others)
  • A working knowledge of/proficiency in English and the Japanese language
  • good communication skills; responsive to electronic communication

For Team Coordinator: 

  • leadership, organizational, and management skills
  • ability to set priorities and schedules for a team

**Established or retired scholars who do not wish to be formally compensated have the option of reallocating a portion or all of their compensation to sponsor other Japan Past & Present projects, such as student conference awards, workshop grants, or other forthcoming events. Please contact the Operations Leader for Japan Past & Present, Paula R. Curtis ( for details.


All team members are responsible for the following:

  • collaboratively creating a document for presentation to the Operations Leader and others overseeing the Japan Past & Present project that outlines team conclusions about directory design, with consideration of both information organization and user experience
  • researching and evaluating existing models for creating the proposed directory
  • developing strategies for data acquisition and long-term sustainability for the directory
  • meeting regularly with your collaborators on team progress
  • liaising with JPP’s web developers once the directory creation is underway

Team Coordinators will further be responsible for:

  • organizing regular meetings with their team to report on progress
  • coordinating and communicating short term and long term goals with their team members
  • meeting once every 2 weeks with the Operations Leader to consult on progress and goals

Application Deadline: February 28, 2021, 8pm EST

Application Requirements (3):

  1. Form:
  2. PDF: Please provide a 1 page document with your name, email contact, and a statement of 500 words or less describing your interest in this position and any relevant experience related to your eligibility and the requirements listed in the advertisement.
  3. PDF: A curriculum vitae (no longer than 4 pages).

PDF documents should be emailed to Paula R. Curtis ( with the subject “Global Scholars Directory Planning Team Application”.

Please note that ALL 3 requirements must be submitted by the deadline for the application to be valid.

We look forward to reviewing your applications!


Michael Emmerich
Director, Yanai Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities

Paula R. Curtis
Operations Leader
Japan Past & Present