News, Events, Annual Report

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Begin the Fall Semester with Small Changes in Teaching

James Lang, Chronicle of Higher Education, June 2016
These short writings convey how the small changes that we make in our teaching--communication with students, office hours via media, diagnostic feedback on student work--can have a significant impact on students' learning experience.

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VITAL Minigrant Awards: Fall 2016-Spring 2017

We are delighted to announce that eight instructional grant projects were awarded to our faculty. Congratulations to the minigrant award recipients and their instructional projects:

  • R. Baard, R. & G., Hoskins, ACSP
  • E. Blunt, M. Kelly, & K. Nestor, CON
  • J. Conner, Education & Counseling
  • N. Dolan, I. Clausen, & P. Camacho, ACSP
  • S. Park, L. and McCarthy, M., Civil & Environmental Engineering, M. Keita, Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies, T. Nance, Multicultural Affairs, Communication & H. Bothma, External ConsultantJ. Gunberg Ross, & S. Burrell, CON
  • Q. Wang, E. Woodard, J. Xu, Communication
  • C. Weingarten, & S. Meyers, CON
    • Link to instructional grant program details

Interdisciplinary Grant Award: Fall 2016-Spring 2017

Congratulations to our faculty colleagues, R. Smith & K. San Chirico, Theology & Religious Studies for their instructional project titled "Beguines and Bhaktas in Dialogue: Women's Devotion in Interdisciplinary and  Intercultual Perspective."

  • Link to grant program information  

Lilly Teaching Conference Travel Fellows Represent Villanova at Teaching and Learning Conference, June 2016

The following Villanova first year faculty were awarded fellowships to participate in a national evidence-based teaching and learning conference and share innovative, learning-focused practices with colleagues across disciplines and institutions:

  • Ian Clausen, ACSP;
  • Michael Curran and Zeynep Kabukcuoglu, Economics, VSB;
  • Sunny Hallowell and Susan Meyers, College of Nursing;
  • Rachel Smith and Kerry San Chirico, Theology & Religious Studies.

Link to faculty reflections, past Fellows, and travel fellowship information

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Faculty Team Attends 2016 Temple Teaching Conference, January 22

A team of eight faculty colleagues attended this regional conference which provided a great forum to exchange teaching practices and ideas with colleagues in the Tri-State area. The practice-based sessions provided excellent ideas for enriching the teaching and learning process. Sponsored faculty members will share their conference take-aways at the Teaching and Learning Strategies, May 11.

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Faculty Team: Paul Bernhardt, Mathematics and Statistics; Lawrence Cozzens, Human Resources Development; Sunny Hallowell, College of Nursing; Jose Irizarry, Theology and Religious Instructions; Kate Meloney, Sociology and Criminology; Melissa O’Connor, College of Nursing; Cristina Percoco, Romance Languages and Literatures; Cristina Soriano, History


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.

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


Faculty Online Cafe

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.


Monday Morning Mentor
How Can I Save Time and Money by Repurposing Online Content?
Accessible 24/7 from Monday, September 12  to Sunday, September 18
Click here to view presentation, handouts, and to complete "certificate"
NOTE: Enter this password to view the program: repurposing21

Food For Thought
Join us for lunch discussions on different aspects of Teaching, Learning and Assessment. The discussions are offered on two different days to accommodate your teaching schedule. They provide a forum for networking and exchanging ideas with colleagues across campus; there are no structured presentations or "experts."
Bring your lunch, your teaching stories, your ideas, successes, and challenges. We provide the venue and refreshments. Come any time between 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., stay as long as you wish. Kindly RSVP in advance. We look forward to your joining the discussions!
Save the date!
September 27 and 28
October 26 and 27
November 29 and 30

New Faculty: Teaching at Nova-Learning Together
Reflect on, discuss, share, and enrich your teaching
Monday, September 26, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. VITAL, 106 Vasey Hall or
Thursday, September 29, 1:00 - 2:15 p.m., Monday, November 7, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. and Thursday, November 10, 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.,

ICE Center, Falvey Memorial Library

Faculty Fridays
Sponsor: Faculty Congress
Last Friday afternoon of the month - President's Lounge, Connelly Center

Forum on Assessment of Student Learning
Friday, Ocboter 21, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Mindfulness Meditation:  Benefits for Learning and Teaching
Friday, November 11, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Teaching Conferences

The Leadership in Higher Education Conference
Atlanta, GA,
October 6-8, 2016

The Teaching Professor Technology Conference
Atlanta, GA
September 30 - October 2, 2016

Annual Report 2013-2014

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:

* vitalannualreport0614.pdf
Annual Report 2013-2014