News, Events, Annual Report

Taking Your Course Online: Online Seminar for Faculty New / Recent to Teaching Online
Six-week online, synchronous seminar, spring semester 2016, offered by VITAL via Blackboard LMS
Online sessions: Wednesday, January 27, February 3, 10, and 17 from 7:00-8:00p.m.
Final in-person session: Wednesday, March 9, Falvey Library, Room 204
Facilitators: Stefan Perun, Assistant Professor in Public Administration and VITAL Faculty Fellow for eLearning Pedagogy and Gabriele Bauer, Director of VITAL
Registration has been closed.
Further 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

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Monday Morning Mentor: 20-Minute Online Teaching Programs
Start each week with an online teaching program that is convenient and focused on relevant teaching issues. VITAL and Falvey Library are pleased to bring this on-demand instructional programming to you. Explore common teaching questions, learn new practices. Access in the office, on the mobile device, at home; the program is available 24/7 for one week. 
This week’s program: “How do I assign students to groups?”  

Program availability: Monday, February 1 – Sunday, February 7
Link to program and handouts.
NOTE: Enter this password to view the program: groups5
Further information

Grants on Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Special Grant Category for 2016
Link to Call for Proposals
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2016 by 5p.m.
Questions and Inquiries

VITAL Minigrants
Submission Deadline:
March 7, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.
Link to Call for Proposals
Questions and Inquiries


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.


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.

Interdisciplinary Grants Program
Deadline: March 31, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.
Link to Call for Proposals and information

VITAL Minigrants Program
Monday, March 7, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.
Link to Call for Proposals and information

Monday Morning Mentor: How do I assign students to groups?
Online 24/7 access: Monday, 2-1 - Sunday, 2-7
Link to program, enter password: groups5
More information

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Lunch Discussions, Spring, 2016
Guest Speakers: Friend or Foe?
February 17 or February 18, 11:30a.m. - 12:45p.m., 205 Falvey
RSVP by 2-16

March 14 (Mo) or 15 (Tue)
April 6 (Wed) or 7 (Thu)
Link to information

Teaching Conferences

2016 e-Larning Conference, Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA
March 24, 2016
Proposal submissions due: February 5
Link to conference site  

Call for Papers: Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference 2016
Bryn Mawr College - Bryn Mawr PA
May 18 - 19, 2016
Proposal deadline: February 15, 2016
Link to Conference website

The Teaching Professor Conference
Washington, D.C.
June 3-5, 2016
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, Room 106
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610.519.5627

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