accountability and performance evaluations have, in many instances, taken on disproportionate importance to the basics of teaching well and effectively and maintaining a good dose of active and engaged learning in our classrooms
If you don't have faculty who are productive, engaging, and relatively happy, the learning process for students can be seriously flawed. ultimately, it is the faculty who are the most important part of any thriving university.
Gone are the days when you could blow off a series of homework assignments throughout the semester but pull through with a respectable grade by cramming for and acing that all-important mid-term exam. Getting good grades today is far more about keeping up with and producing quality homework—not to mention handing it in on time.
"In order for Japanese people to be able to make necessary contributions and play an important role in the future of the world as a member of the international community, it is vital that Japanese people cultivate an interest in other countries. In particular, I have a strong desire to see the younger generation on which the future of Japan depends upon, look outward to the world" (¶4).
Every reaction is a learning process; every significant experience alters your perspective.
So if you now number yourself among the disenchanted, then you have no choice but to accept things as they are, or to seriously seek something else. But beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living WITHIN that way of life. But you say, "I don't know where to look; I don't know what to look for."
In this TESOL Blog post (2014.09.19), Elena Shvidko shared descriptions from websites of 11 journals carrying "articles related both to research in second language writing and writing pedagogy" (¶1, 2014.09.22). - See more at: http://blog.tesol.org/excellent-academic-journals-to-stay-up-to-date-in-el-writing/#sthash.RB7SItgV.dpuf