Konwakai Chair in Japanese Research

Call for proposals for Konwakai Chair in Japanese Research                                 

March 23, 2021


The Institute of Asian Research (IAR) in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA), in the Faculty of Arts, at UBC-Vancouver welcomes proposals for the Konwakai Chair in Japanese Research for an initial two-year term, commencing July 2021. This Chair is renewable upon successful review, for up to three more years. This call is open to any tenured UBC faculty member at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor, with the necessary qualifications, expertise, and demonstration of scholarly excellence and policy engagement in the areas covered by the Konwakai Chair. It is expected that the Chairholder will be either a faculty member appointed in SPPGA, or a faculty associate of SPPGA.


The successful candidate for the Konwakai Chair in Japanese Research will be required to lead Asia policy research, training, and engagement with policy communities in and concerned with Japan and Northeast Asia. Candidates should be established academics with policy engagement experience and the ability to extend and deepen the School’s engagement with relevant policy communities. We seek candidates who demonstrate extensive engagement with primary sources and conversations in and around Japan and Northeast Asia, and have graduate training in some aspect of Japanese studies, as well as experience with relevant policy circles, with Japanese language competency preferred.


The Konwakai Chair in Japanese Research is funded by an endowment, which provides programming support for the organization of an annual workshop and other Chair-related research activities. There is potential for the Chairholder to receive one 3-credit teaching release per year, provided that their annual teaching commitment does not fall below 6 credits.


The Chairholder will be expected to teach one or more courses of relevance to the Konwakai Chair and SPPGA/MPPGA over the term of the appointment, organize an annual workshop, demonstrate productivity in research output (including refereed publications and policy reports), and success in raising the profile of IAR/SPPGA, through engagement with policy communities and by building bridges between SPPGA and policy communities in Canada and Northeast Asia.


How to apply:

Applicants are asked to submit a CV and a description (max. 2-3 pages) of proposed activities and how they intend to contribute to building SPPGA’s capacity to sustain and extend its engagement with policy communities. Submission deadline: April 15, 2021. Prospective applicants should feel free to contact Timothy Cheek at t.cheek@ubc.ca with any questions. Application materials should be sent via email, with the subject line “Konwakai Chair proposal” to Timothy Cheek, c/o Yoko Nagao at yoko.nagao@ubc.ca.