News, Events, Annual Report


Dr. Stefan Perun, Faculty Fellow for eLearning Pedagogy

VITAL is delighted to welcome Dr. Stefan Perun, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration, as Faculty Fellow for eLearning Pedagogy for the 2015-2016 academic year. In this role, Dr. Perun will support Villanova faculty in developing and/or re-designing asynchronous, blended, and/or online courses for enriched student learning. Dr. Perun is available to work one-on-one with faculty colleagues, consult with departments, and/or facilitate sessions on online pedagogies. Of note, he has contributed to the development of online modules intended to familiarize Villanova faculty with research-supported practices in online course development and instruction. Dr. Perun will be with us one day per week.  Read how Dr. Perun describes his role.

Plesae contact us via e-mail with projects and/or questions pertaining to eLearning, as appropriate.

drexel 2015

Villanova Faculty Contingent at
Assessment Conference in Philadelphia, Drexel University, September 9-11

OPIR and VITAL are delighted to sponsor a team of faculty who are involved in student outcomes assessment to attend the conference: Noelle Comolli, Chemical Engineering, Marylu Hill, Augustine Culture Seminar program, Valerie Joyce, Theater, Peter Palenchar, Chemistry, Suzanne Smeltzer, Nursing; Peter Spitaler, Theology and Religious Studies, Andrea Welker, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Seth Fishman, CLAS and Education and Counseling


Join us for a virtual cup of coffee at the Faculty Online Café to exchange teaching experiences with Villanova faculty colleagues, keep your teaching fresh, collaborate on effective practices, generate new ideas for teaching face-to-face, blended, and online, discuss current topics, and learn about teaching-related events at Villanova. To access the Faculty Café, go to, select the university seal to sign in, and click Faculty Online Café. The Faculty Café replaces the Teaching-Talk, email discussion list for Villanova faculty.


Food for Thought Lunch Discussions, Fall 2015

To Stand Behind the Lectern, Alongside, or Without it -- Is the Lecture on the Way Out?
Tuesday, Dec. 1 or Wednesday, Dec. 2
Idea Accelerator, Falvey Library
RSVP by 11- 30


Syllabus Workshop
December 11, 10:00 a.m. - Noon and
December 14 or 16, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Stop in the VITAL Office to fine-tune your course syllabus and get a head start on the spring semester. How does your syllabus connect with your students’ expectations, backgrounds? How may it help peak their curiosity? Revisit how learning goals align with assessments and instructional activities. Include graphics to help students visualize how the course is organized, what they will gain, and how they will be engaged.

For planning purposes, pre-registration appreciated.
E-mail with “Syllabus Makeover” and the date you would like to attend in the subject line.

New Faculty Program, Part 2
Garey Hall, Room 10 A, Lower Level
January 6, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
For your reference: AGENDA, 2015 program
This program has been designed to help new faculty reflect on their instructional experiences at Villanova, share their successes, challenges, and questions with colleagues in a supportive forum and prepare for the Spring semester. The program is practice-based and discussion-oriented.
Questions: Dr. Gabriele Bauer, Director, VITAL

New Adjunct Faculty Orientation Program Thursday, January 7, 2016
For your reference: Link to 2015 AGENDA 

The program is designed to support adjunct faculty members in their instructional role and familiarize them with instructional policies and resources. The orientation provides a collegial forum for discussion with colleagues

Teaching Conferences

14th Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence
Temple University - Philadelphia, PA
Friday, January 22, 2016
Link to conference website

The Teaching Professor Conference
Washington, D.C.
June 3-5, 2016
Link to Conference website

Annual Report 2013-2014 (PDF File)

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:

Our Address

Vasey Hall, Room 106
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610.519.5627

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