Jon Becker, FALCON Planning Committee Chair

My name is Jon Becker and I am the chair for IU's FALCON Conference, coming to the Sheraton City Center Hotel in Indianapolis this November. This will be the 20th annual conference, and much has changed since we began serving the needs of Adjunct Faculty and Lecturers within the IU system in 1995. The most obvious change is our new name! From 1995 until 2011,this was named the AFC (Associate Faculty and Lecturers Conference). In 2012, we changed the name to more accurately describe the segment of faculty that we serve and clarify any ambiguity. AFC is now known as FALCON, FACET's Adjunct Faculty and Lecturers CONference.

With our new name has come a new mission statement:

FALCON exists to provide the highest quality personal and professional development opportunities to part-time and associate faculty members from institutions of higher education around the world through networking, guest speakers, and expert panel discussions.

We are also expanding our target audience. Previously, the AFC had been reserved for Indiana University faculty at the eight IU campuses. FALCON is open to any non-tenured faculty teaching in higher education both nationally and internationally.

This expansion has encouraged a vision statement:

FALCON will be recognized as one of the leading conference in the US for professional development of part-time and associate faculty, drawing thousands of attendees from across the nation including those from around the globe each year.