News, Events, Annual Report

Grant Awards 2015-2016 - Special Internal Grant on Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning

With generous support from the Office of the President

VITAL thanks the members of the interdisciplinary grant review committee for their exemplary service, and we are pleased to announce the following 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 (History Department) - 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
Ruth McDermott Levy, Nursing
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.

2015 New Faculty Program - August 17-August 18, Garey Hall and Bartley Hall

Link to Draft Agenda. For catering purposes, please register via e-mail by August 7 at the latest. Thank you. We look forward to welcoming you into Villanova's academic community.
Questions: Dr. Gabriele Bauer, Director, VITAL; phone: 610-291-2259, e-mail:

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Food for Thought - Fall 2015
Please reserve the following dates:

Wednesday, September 16 or Thursday, September 17
Tuesday, October 27 or Wednesday, October 28
Tuesday, December 1 or Wednesday, December 2

Discussion topics will be forthcoming.
Link to past discussion articles, materials, and resources.

The Association for Authenic Experiential & Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) Annual ePortfolio Conference
Boston, MA
July 28-30, 2015
Link to Conference landing page

Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning Assessment
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
September 9-11, 2015
Link to Conference website
Link to Proposal Submission with June 30 deadline

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

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

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

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