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

MOOC on Flipped Classroom in Undergraduate Teaching - Information and registration
Professional instructional development opportunity for faculty: Free, six-week, online course entitled Teaching Flipped offered through Canvas Network. The course has a STEM focus; its content is applicable across disciplines. We hope you may be able to participate, your schedule permitting. Please to let me know via e-mail that you have signed up. We will bring faculty participants in the MOOC together during and/or following the course for a Villanova-based discussion.

Internal Grant Awards on Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning, 2015-2016
With generous support from the Office of the President

VITAL congratulates the 2015-2016 grant recipients:
Hibba Abugideiri, History and Etienne Achille, Romance Languages and Literatures: France, North Africa & Modern Violence
Lowell Gustafson, Political Science: Origins
Anthony Lagalante, Chemistry and Timothy McCall, Art History: Italian Renaissance Art through the Lens of Science

Interdisciplinary Grant Review Committee Members for 2015-2016
Garrett Clayton, Mechanical Engineering
Amanda Grannas, Chemistry
James Klingler, Management and Operations
Billie Murray, Communication

to Peer Review Form (PDF)


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.

New and Recently Hired Faculty Research Orientation Workshop
Sponsors: Office of Research and Graduate Programs, Office of Research Administration
Friday, October 23, Noon-5:00p.m.
Location TBD

Food for Thought: Lunch Discussions, Fall 2015

October Food for Thought Roundtables: Student Presentations
Tuesday, Oct. 27 or Wednesday, Oct. 28
Room 204, Falvey Library - Session Details Forthcoming

Fall Semester Dates: Tuesday, Dec. 1 or Wednesday, Dec. 2

New Faculty:What Works Wednesday and/or Teaching Tips Thursday
Reflect on, innovate your teaching based on colleagues' feedback and ideas from Lang's book On Course.
Fourth Wednesday of the month early afternoon and/or the fourth Thursday of the month in the morning.
Fall Semester dates/times:
Wednesday Oct. 28, Nov. 18: 1:30-2:20p.m.
Thursday Oct. 29, Nov. 19: 8:30-9:30a.m.
VITAL office: Vasey Hall, Room 106

For planning purposes, please register in advance via e-mail; list "New Faculty" and the session date in the communication.

Faculty Forum on Assessment of Student Learning
Friday, October 30, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Dougherty Hall, East Lounge
Link to registration by Tuesday, October 27 at the latest (for catering purposes)

Mindfulness Meditation: The Benefits of a Quiet Mind for Faculty and their Students
Susan Stabler-Haas, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, Clinical Instructor, Nursing
Thursday, November 5, 12:45-2:00p.m.
Falvey Library, Room 204

Teaching Conferences

The Online Learning Consortium Conference
Orlando, FL
October 14-16, 2015
Link to conference website

Fall 2015 Northeast E-Learning Consortium Conference
Gwynedd Mercy University
October 20, 2015
Link to submit proposal; submission deadline: September 30, 2015

Crossing Boundaries: Transforming STEM Education
Seattle, WA
November 12-14, 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:

Our Address

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

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