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 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)

Garrett Clayton, Mechanical Engineering
Amanda Grannas, Chemistry
James Klingler, Management and Operations
Ruth McDermott Levy, Nursing
Billie Murray, Communication


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 and Dr. Michael Posner, Mathematics and Statistics.

Join us at the Teaching and Learning Strategies at Villanova on May 13 for an academic speed dating session on conference take-aways.


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

Tuesday, March 24 - 205 Falvey or Wednesday, March 25 - 204 Falvey
11:30a.m. - 12:45p.m.
“Formative Assessment for Meaningful Learning.”
How do we provide students feedback on their work in ways that contribute meaningfully to their continued learning? Providing students meaningful feedback and opportunities to use the feedback in the same assignment is critical to deepening students’ understanding and learning. We will discuss how we can more effectively incorporate formative assessments into our face-to-face and online coursework; bring your examples.
More information

Pertinent article:Rethinking formative assessments in HE
Facilitator: Dr. Stefan Perun, Assistant Professor, Public Administration and VITAL Faculty Mentor for eLearning
Link to registration; please register by March 23, if possible.

Drexel University's 2015 e-Learning Conference
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday, March 25, 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

2015 Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
May 20 - 21, 2015
Link to Conference website

Lilly International Spring Conference
Bethesda, Md
May 28 - 30, 2015
Link to Conference website

The Teaching Professor Technology Conference
New Orleans, LA
October 2-4, 2015

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