News, Events, Annual Report

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.

A MOOC on Undergraduate STEM Teaching - Now Enrolling!

Professional development opportunity for STEM graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and others on campus who might be interested: Free, seven-week, online course “An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching” is open for enrollment

The course will run on the Coursera platform starting October 6th.  Produced by faculty at six institutions affiliated with the CIRTL Network, a group of research universities collaborating in the preparation of STEM future faculty members. Designed to introduce participants to effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them.
More information

 VITAL resources for new and continuing faculty, Library News Blog, 9-2-2014

Interested in the Inverted/Flipped Classroom?

In conjunction with VITAL, the College of Engineering would like to start an interest group for those interested in, thinking about, experimenting with, or doing the inverted or flipped classroom: explore best practices; see what technology is available/being used; what are the pitfalls; is student learning improved? If interested in joining this group (meeting monthly) please email

Additional information

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 VITAL Minigrant Award Recipients (PDF listing of grant recipients).      

Developing and Refining the Teaching Portion of Your Dossier - Focus: Crafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement 
Instructional Development Opportunity During Fall Recess

Tuesday, October 14, 10a.m.-Noon, Room 2046, Bartley Hall
Followed by Lunch in the Exchange, Bartley Hall
Facilitated by Gabriele Bauer, VITAL and Teresa Wojcik, Associate Professor, Education and Counseling 

Villanova’s teaching mission inspires and guides our work as faculty. As faculty members we are asked to articulate our teaching philosophy and provide documentation of teaching excellence in the discipline for multiple purposes, such as annual and tri-annual review, rank and tenure process, grant application, or fellowship application. How might we build a strong, convincing case that is evidence-based? How might we demonstrate our impact on students’ learning, contributions to the curriculum, growth and development as instructors? How might we communicate our teaching philosophy?

Within the context of Villanova's Guide for Rank and Tenure, we will address ways to document teaching, collect data, and apply these data to crafting a teaching philosophy statement. You may bring a copy of your teaching philosophy statement for peer feedback.

This session is designed for pre-tenure faculty members who are preparing to go up for rank and tenure within the next one to two years.

For order of lunch vouchers, please register by October 10 via email:

Food for Thought Lunch Discussions
All sessions held in Falvey Library

October 20 OR 21 - Link to RSVP by 10-16  

Supporting Inclusive and Interactive Classrooms
More information

Location: 10-20 - Room 204, Falvey; 10-21 - Room 205, Falvey
Time: 11:30a.m. - 12:45p.m.

Wednesday, November 12 - Room 205 OR Thursday, November 13 - Room 204
Focus on Student Participation: Part 2

We welcome your topic suggestions:

Northeast E-Learning Consortium’s Fall Conference
Villanova Conference Center
Thursday, November 6, 2014

Link to Conference website

The conference, focused on the topic of "student engagement," is free to Villanova faculty and staff. The event is co-sponsored by UNIT-CIT and VITAL.

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:

VITAL Services
VITAL Programs
materials and library
Food for Thought Discussions
VITALINKS Online Resources
VITAL Minigrants
Teaching and Learning Strategies