News, Events, Annual Report


Call for VITAL Minigrant Proposals (PDF)
Submission Deadline: Monday, March 9, 2015 by 5:00p.m.

Link to grant program details

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Participation Rubric Repository - Link
Features rubrics that help gauge students' participation in face-to-face, blended, and online instructional context; the rubrics were developed by Villanova faculty and have been posted with permission. Please contact the faculty colleagues for discussion, questions regarding implementation, and/or further information.

13th Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence at Temple University, January 8, 2015
Link to conference site.

VITAL is pleased to support a team of faculty across disciplines to attend the conference. The faculty team consists of Dr. Jeremy Carlo, Physics, Dr. Lillian Cassel, Computing Sciences, Dr. Kirsten Ernst, Romance Languages & Literatures, Dr. Stephanie Katz, Chemistry, Dr. Jeanette-Marie Kelley, Economics, Dr. Susan Mackey-Kallis, Communication, Dr. Seri Park, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Stefan Perun, Public Administration, Dr. Bruce Pollack-Johnson, Mathematics and Statistics, and Dr. Michael Posner, Mathematics and Statistics.

The faculty members will share conference take-aways during a mini “unconference” in the 2015 spring semester.

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
More information

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New Faculty Program, Part Two - AGENDA (pdf)
January 7, 2015, 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
Room 2046, Bartley Hall

Continental breakfast starts at 9:30a.m., program begins at 10:00a.m.

New Adjunct Faculty Program - Tentative Agenda (PDF)
January 8, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00p.m.
Bartley Hall, Room 1001

Link to recording of August 2014 orientation program (YouTube)

Teaching and Learning with Techology Symposium
Wilmington University - New Castle, DE
January 8, 2015
Link to registration

Lilly Spring National Conference on Learning and Teaching
Bethesda, MD, May 28 - 31, 2015
Call for Proposals is open now through January 16
Link to Conference Site

Drexel University's 2015 e-Learning Conference
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Call for Proposals is now open until January 23, 2015
Link to Conference website

The Teaching Professor Technology Conference
New Orleans, October 2-4, 2015
Call for Proposals is open now through February 13th

2015 Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
May 20 - 21, 2015
Call for Proposals is open now through February 15, 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

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