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Bridging Program

Bridging Program - Visiting Scholar

(Japanese Version)

With funding support from the Japan Foundation, the Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) in collaboration with the Michigan State University (MSU) Asian Studies Center, Shiga University and the University of Shiga Prefecture, will conduct a multi-year environment-culture program that engages students in Michigan and in Japan in environmental coursework and research. An important component of this project is the Visiting Scholar Program, in which a faculty member or scholar from Japan will be selected to teach at two Michigan public universities for a total of one academic year. The visiting scholar will have four areas of responsibility during his/her time in Michigan: teaching, curriculum development, community outreach, and Summer High School Exchange Program coordination. Throughout this position, the scholar will be expected to participate in community outreach events focusing on Japan, which may include invitations to lecture, participate in ­­­community events, meetings with stakeholders, etc.  

Teaching--the visiting scholar will develop and teach one upper (junior/senior) level undergraduate college course on “Environmental Science and Culture in Japan.” The course content will be dependent on the scholar’s area of expertise. One required element of the course will be the High School Mentorship Program in which students enrolled within the course will serve as mentors to local high school students. Together, the college and high school students will be required to co-create projects that explore some aspect of Japan’s environment in a cultural context.  

Curriculum Development--the visiting scholar will be required to develop three (3) advanced high school/early college-level curriculum modules per semester on topics involving the interface between the environment and culture in Japan. Modules may include background materials, teacher guides, worksheets, quizzes and test questions, experiment and reading recommendations, vocabulary lessons, photographs, videos, and other elements. The materials will be archived on Windows on Asia (, a web resource for educators hosted by the MSU Asian Studies Center, and will be free for use by teachers in the U.S. and Japan. Modules will be fully credited to the scholar.

The Michigan content standards and benchmarks for high school science can be found at this link:, Section 8: Science.

Community Outreach-- the visiting scholar will be required to work with each Michigan host university’s grant administrators, project coordinators, faculty, staff, and local community members to help develop and foster interest in Japan and Japanese studies. Examples include but are not limited to giving interviews or guest lectures, participating in school and community activities, and being an active member of his/her home department at the university.

Summer High School Exchange Program Coordinator--in August 2015, the scholar will accompany high school students on the Summer High School Exchange Program, which is sponsored by the MSU Asian Studies Center. The scholar will travel and work with the Japanese and American high school students and teachers in Michigan and Japan for a total of three weeks.

­Eligibility & Selection: The visiting scholar must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in his/her field and be proficient in English with a 79 TOEFL score.

The visiting scholar may hold expertise in any field related to environmental sciences including but not limited to environmental sociology, cultural anthropology, ecology, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, civil engineering and environment engineering. Selection of the visiting scholar will be conducted by the project team based upon the quality and relevance of the scholar’s proposal, credentials, references and teaching evaluations.

Required Materials: All materials must be submitted in English.

Compensation: Total direct compensation for this position is $82,000, which includes salary, housing allowance and travel reimbursement. This position will also include health and dental insurance coverage. Funding for supplies and grant-related activities will also be available to the scholar.

Program Schedule: The visiting scholar will teach at MSU in East Lansing, and Lake Superior State University (LSSU) in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.

The scholar will be expected to arrive in East Lansing no later than Sunday, August 11, 2013 to coordinate activities with JCMU-East Lansing staff and MSU faculty in preparation for the beginning of the 2013 fall semester at MSU and in the high school.

      August 25, 2014                           Classes begin at Northern Michigan University (NMU)

      December 6, 2014                        Classes end at NMU (Final exams end December 13, 2014)

      Week of December 16, 2014       Scholar relocates to Detroit

      January 12, 2015                         Classes begin at Wayne State University (WSU)

      April 27, 2015                              Classes end at WSU )(Final exams end May 5, 2015)

      June 1, 2015                         Complete and submit lesson modules to Windows on Asia web site

      July/August 2015 (TBA)             Summer High School Exchange Program sponsored by the

                                                            MSU Asian Studies Center


Application Deadline: February 15, 2014 by 5:00 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


Inquiries & Submission: Inquiries should be sent to Kate Simon, Program Director, JCMU-East Lansing Program Office via email at Application materials should be submitted via email to or by mail to:


Visiting Scholar Program
c/o: Kate Simon
Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU)
International Center
427 North Shaw Lane, Room 110
East Lansing, MI 48823, U.S.A.