News, Events, Annual Report

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Live Webinar on Student Entitlement: Truth or Fiction? - 10/18

“My grade is close to the cut-off, the professor ought to bump it up.” “I studied hard, I deserve . . .” Such statements tend to point to students’ beliefs and behaviors that illustrate entitlement, a tendency to expect academic success without taking personal responsibility. Why might students feel entitled? How might faculty respond constructively? Dr. M. Weimer, higher education scholar and author, will discuss ways to address educational consumerism while maintaining standards and creating learning environments that are just and fair for all.
Date/Time/Location: October 18, Falvey Library, Room 205, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Link to register by 10/17

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VITAL Welcomes New Associate Director for e-Learning Pedagogy

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Andy-Guoqiang Cui as Associate Director for e-Learning Pedagogy.  Before coming to Villanova, Dr. Cui worked as instructional designer at Virginia Tech, where he consulted with faculty on the design, development, implementation, and assessment of online, blended, and technology-enhanced face-to-face courses. He also managed course development projects and offered workshops to faculty across disciplines. Dr. Cui received his Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Technology from Virginia Tech. His research focuses on effective online learning; specifically, developing online community of inquiry, online engagement, online students' learning experiences.

Please come by or contact Andy via e-mail with projects, suggestions, and/or questions pertaining to teaching with technology, hybrid, or online course design. Learn about Andy's background and role.

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Faculty Video Provides Advice for Teaching Online  

In the video entitled, "Friendly Advice for Teaching Online," Villanova faculty share concrete experiences and recommendations for teaching online. Come and check it out!
The video was produced by VITAL and UNIT-CIT.

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Congratulations: 2017 Lilly Teaching Conference Travel Fellows

Seven members of our teaching community were awarded travel fellowships to participate in the Lilly Teaching Conference, June 1-4. The Villanova team consisted of: Ben Baker, Romance Languages & Literatures; Laura Getz, Psychology; Emily Minbiole, Chemistry; Kabindra Shakya, Geography & the Environment; Albert Shin, Ethics; Qiuyun Wang and Guanglei Chen, doctoral students, Mechanical Engineering.
Travel Fellowship Details


Congratulations: 2017 VITAL Minigrant Awardees

We are honored to announce the 2017 Minigrant awardees: Paul Bernhardt, Mathematics & Statistics; Metin Duran & Wenqing. Xu, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Stacey Havlik, Education & Counseling; Bonnie Henderson, Geography & the Environment; Zuyi Huang, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Mary Kelly, Economics; Emily Minbiole & Scott Kassel, Chemistry; Eric Musselman, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Tracy Oliver & BingBing Qi, College of Nursing; Cristina Percoco & Kristen Turpin, Romance Languages & Literatures; Stephen Strader, Geography & the Environment.
We congratulate the minigrant recipients and wish them the best as they implement their teaching projects. 

Grant Program Details and Instructional Grant Projects

Monday Morning Mentor 
How Can I Build Momentum for Change with Short-term Wins?
Accessible 24/7 from Mon, October 16 to Sun, October 22
Click here to view presentation, handouts, and to complete "certificate"
NOTE: Enter this password to view the program: momentum13

Food for Thought Lunch Discussions
Student Entitlement: Truth, Fiction, Some of Both?
Tuesday, October 17 or Wednesday, October 18
11:30am - 12:45pm - Falvey Library, Room 206
Register by 10/18
Further details

Upcoming Dates:
Mon, November 13 and Tue, November 14

Live Webinar with Dr. Maryellen Weimer: Student Entitlement
Wednesday, October 18, 2:00p.m. - 3:00p.m. 
Falvey Memorial Library, Room 205
Dr. Weimer, Professor Emerita, Penn State, higher education author, editor, Teaching Professor
Register by 10/18

Forum on Assessment of Student Learning - Agenda
Friday, October 20, 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Dougherty Hall - East Lounge
Link to registration by 10/18

Follow-Up Session for New Adjunct Faculty
Monday, October 30
6:00 - 7:30pm - Vasey Hall, Room 201A
Information, Questions

New Faculty: Teaching at Nova - Learning Together
Reflect on, discuss, share, and enrich your teaching
Falvey Library, Holy Grounds
Tue, October 31, 8:30-9:45 a.m.

New Faculty Program, Part 2
Thursday, January 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

New Adjunct Faculty Orientation Program
Thursday, January 11, 2018, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Teaching Conferences

PADLA 15th Annual Conference & Expo: Call for Presenters & Exhibitors
University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
Tue, December 19, 2017

Annual Report 2013-2014

This Annual Report details the services that VITAL provided to the Villanova academic community to support quality pedagogical and learning environments during the programming year of August 2013 – July 2014. The core goal of all VITAL services is to facilitate dialogue and interaction among faculty who share common curricular and/or pedagogical interests.

VITAL continues to utilize various means to ensure that services are aligned with Villanova’s mission, academic priorities, interests and needs of the academic community: e.g., University and Colleges’ strategic plans, formal feedback data, and conversations with the faculty advisory board. We welcome your suggestions and program ideas; please stop by the VITAL office at 106 Vasey Hall or send e-mail to:

* vitalannualreport0614.pdf
Annual Report 2013-2014