At 19, Jon Becker flunked out of college.
Today, Becker is a senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science at Indiana University Northwest, the very college that kicked him out 30 years ago; the very college that celebrates his accomplishments now.
Becker returned to IU Northwest, took a reinstatement course to get admitted again, and earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in secondary education from IU Northwest in 1988 and 1996, respectively.
Now revered for his excellence in teaching, having garnered multiple teaching and service awards, including the prestigious IU President’s Award, Becker wrote about his rise to success in a new book, “The Flunked-Out Professor.” In it, he talks about the six steps he used to overcome his failures and how others can do the same to enhance their personal growth and professional development.
Becker will visit the Barnes and Noble Campus Bookstore, located in the Savannah Center, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13 to sign copies of his book and visit with the campus community.
The book, published by Author Academy Elite, in 2019, is recommended reading for high school students and their parents, high school teachers, college students, college professors and academic advisor, and anyone who has ever experienced failure.
Becker aims to remind his audience that, “failure is a common part of life for everyone. But when we fail, most people make the mistake of identifying themselves as the failure instead of recognizing that they have experienced failure.” Taking it a step further, the book offers concrete steps for achieving success, encouragement for overcoming failure, practical tips for achieving college success, and time management tips and life hacks.
For more information, contact Becker at 219-980-6594 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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