News, Events, Annual Report


Given the increased focus on online education at Villanova, VITAL is delighted to welcome Dr. Stefan Perun, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration, as Faculty Mentor for eLearning for the Spring semester. Dr. Perun will serve in a collegial consulting role to support Villanova faculty in developing and/or re-designing asynchronous, blended, and/or online courses for enriched student learning. Dr. Perun will be with us one day/week. Read how Dr. Perun describes his role. 

Call for VITAL Minigrant Proposals (PDF) - Link to grant program details Submission Deadline: Monday, March 9, 2015 by 5:00p.m.
Information sessions: Vasey Hall - Room 106
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 20, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb, 25, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 26, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Call for Proposals, VITAL (PDF)
Special Internal Grant Category for 2015: Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning
Submission deadline: Monday, March 30, 2015 by 5:00p.m.
With generous support from the Office of the President, VITAL is pleased to announce the creation of a special grant category focused on interdisciplinary teaching and learning, based on modifications of the President's Interdisciplinary Grant program. Interdisciplinary courses may be taught by a single faculty member or they may incorporate team-teaching.

Interested faculty members are highly encouraged to contact Dr. Gabriele Bauer with proposal ideas before submitting a full proposal:
Link to Peer Review Form (PDF)


Villanova Faculty Participated in 13th Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence at Temple University, January 8, 2015
Link to conference site.

A team of Villanova faculty, sponsored by VITAL, attended this regional teaching conference focused on teaching for student success. The faculty team consisted of Dr. Jeremy Carlo, Physics, Dr. Lillian Cassel, Computing Sciences, Dr. Stephanie Katz, Chemistry, Dr. Jeanette-Marie Kelley, Economics, Dr. Susan Mackey-Kallis, Communication, Dr. Wenqing Xu, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Stefan Perun, Public Administration, Dr. Bruce Pollack-Johnson, Mathematics and Statistics, and Dr. Michael Posner, Mathematics and Statistics.

Join us during the Spring semester for roundtable discussions with the faculty members on conference take-aways. Date TBD.


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

Snow Days Turned Opportune eLearning Days
January 26 or 27, 204 Falvey Library, 11:30a.m. - 12:45p.m.
Please RSVP by 1-23 - Link to registration form
More information

Center for Peace and Justice Faculty Teaching Lunch Discussion entitled, "Ruined but not Wrecked,” focuses on how faculty can effectively lead students to confront the realities of injustice and conflict without being paralyzed and overwhelmed by them.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015, Noon-1:30p.m., Corr Hall Lounge;
lunch will be provided. Questions: send email to Dr. Kathryn Getek Soltis, Director, Center for Peace and Justice Education

Drexel University's 2015 e-Learning Conference
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Call for Proposals is now open until January 23, 2015
Link to Conference website

The Teaching Professor Technology Conference
New Orleans, October 2-4, 2015
Call for Proposals is open now through February 13th

2015 Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
May 20 - 21, 2015
Call for Proposals is open now through February 15, 2015
Link to Conference website

RECAP-Technology Conference for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Thursday, May 14, 2015
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:

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