News, Events, Annual Report

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.

A MOOC on Undergraduate STEM Teaching - Now Enrolling!

Professional development opportunity for STEM graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and others on campus who might be interested: Free, seven-week, online course “An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching” is open for enrollment

The course will run on the Coursera platform starting October 6th.  Produced by faculty at six institutions affiliated with the CIRTL Network, a group of research universities collaborating in the preparation of STEM future faculty members. Designed to introduce participants to effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them.
More information

 VITAL resources for new and continuing faculty, Library News Blog, 9-2-2014

Interested in the Inverted/Flipped Classroom?

In conjunction with VITAL, the College of Engineering would like to start an interest group for those interested in, thinking about, experimenting with, or doing the inverted or flipped classroom: explore best practices; see what technology is available/being used; what are the pitfalls; is student learning improved? If interested in joining this group (meeting monthly) please email

Additional information

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 VITAL Minigrant Award Recipients (PDF listing of grant recipients).      

Food for Thought Lunch Discussions
All sessions held in Falvey Library

September 17 or 18 - Link to RSVP by 9-15

Student Participation Face-to-Face and Online: What’s in a Grade? 
More information

Location: 9-17 - Room 205, Falvey; 9-18 - Room 204, Falvey
Time: 11:30a.m. - 12:45p.m.

Monday, October 20 - Room 204 OR Tuesday, October 21- Room 205
Wednesday, November 12 - Room 205 OR Thursday, November 13 - Room 204

We welcome your topic suggestions:

Assigning Midterm Grades: Tips and Tricks

Wednesday, October 1, 12:30-1:20p.m. OR
Thursday, October 2, 1:00-1:50p.m.
Falvey Library, Room 204

Facilitated by Melissa Gerding, Associate Registrar, Office of the Registrar

In this hands-on session you will become familiar with the process of maintaining class lists and entering students’ midterm grades.  Please bring your laptop so that you gain experience in navigating the Registrar’s website and utilizing the grade assignment tools.

For light lunch arrangement purposes, please pre-register by September 25 via email:; please indicate which session you are planning to attend. Sessions are offered on two days to accommodate faculty’s teaching schedules. 

Faculty Luncheon and Discussion: “Activism In or Out of the Classroom?”

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Noon-1:30 p.m. - Corr Hall Lounge

Panelists: Dr. Krista Malott, Education and Counseling; Dr. Bill Murray, Communication, Dr. Doug Norton, Mathematics and Statistics

The panel is followed by conversation about the intersection (or not) between what a faculty member does in the classroom and his/her personal activism and commitments to justice. How might the latter shape the former and should it?

For catering purposes, please RSVP no later than Noon on Sept. 22 to All Villanova faculty and staff are invited.
Sponsored by the Center for Peace and Justice Education and VITAL

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