The 27th Annual Facet Associate Faculty and Lecturer Conference (FALCON)

October 1, 2022

Belonging and Mattering: Meaningful Relationships for Faculty and Student Learners

“Relationships are the beating heart of the undergraduate experience,” say Peter Felten and Leo M. Lambert, authors of Relationship-Rich Education. Please join us at FALCON where Professor Felten, assistant provost for teaching and learning and executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University, will give our Robin Hass-Birky keynote.

Concurrent sessions were held based on the following tracks: Creating Belonging and Mattering in Learning Environments; Providing Meaningful Feedback for Students to Motivate and Promote Engagement and Growth; Tried and True Technology Tips for Faculty-Faculty; and Faculty-Student or Student-Student Relationship Building.

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Robin Hass-Birky Keynote: Peter Felten

Relationship-Rich Education: Belonging, Mattering, and Learning for All Students

Decades of research demonstrate that the quality of student-faculty, student-staff, and student-student interactions are foundational to engaging, inclusive, and integrative learning. Educational relationships influence motivation, learning, belonging, and achievement for all students, and particularly for new majority students. Drawing on more than 400 interviews with students, faculty, and staff across U.S. higher education, this interactive session will explore practical strategies that you can use to ensure that all students experience welcome and care, become inspired to learn, and explore the big questions that matter for their lives and our communities.

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Peter Felten is executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, assistant provost for teaching and learning, and professor of history at Elon University. He works with colleagues on institution-wide teaching and learning initiatives, and on the scholarship of teaching and learning. In his teaching, Peter aims to help students think critically and write clearly about the connections between the lives of individual people and larger themes in history. As a scholar, he has published six books about undergraduate education including most recently (with Leo Lambert), Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020). He has served as president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2016-17) and also of the POD Network (2010-2011), the U.S. professional society for educational developers. He is co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development, on the advisory board of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), and a fellow of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, a foundation that works to advance equity in higher education.


  • Keith Anliker, Chair, IUPUI
  • Virginia Hojas Carbonell, IUB
  • Gregory Dam, IUE
  • Gina Londino-Smolar, IUPUI
  • Melinda Stanely, IUK
  • Diane Larson, IUN
  • Suparna Mukhopadhyay, IUS
  • Frank Ponce, LEAP
  • Jon Becker, Advisory Member, IUN

  • Jared Allsop, IU Bloomington
  • Michelle Blank, Goshen College 
  • Christine Brandel, Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington
  • Richard Gunderman, IUPUI
  • Peter Felten, Elon University
  • Stephanie Hill Alexander, Ivy Tech Community College Richmond
  • Adam Kuban, Ball State University
  • Lisa Kurz, IU Bloomington
  • Gerald Maki, Ivy Tech Community College - Indianapolis
  • Eric Metzler, IU Bloomington
  • Tina Mickleborough, Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington
  • Cheryl Moore-Beyioku, IU Kokomo
  • Megan Oed, Marian University
  • Frank Poncé, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Meghan Porter, IU Bloomington
  • Elisa Räsänen, IU Bloomington
  • Maureen Rutherford, IU Northwest
  • Katherine Ryan, IU Bloomington
  • Mark Sanders, IU East
  • Lamia Scherzinger, IUPUI
  • David Swisher, Indiana Wesleyan University
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