New Faculty Program

New Faculty Discussion

VITAL offers a program tailored to meet the needs of faculty members who are new to Villanova's academic community. The two-part program is offered prior to the fall semester and during January. It is designed to support faculty new to Villanova and / or teaching in the higher education setting, help ease the transition in to the teaching position, answer questions, and familiarize them with Villanova's instructional resources. In this interactive setting, new faculty engage with faculty from other disciplines, discuss and reflect on teaching practices that foster student learning, and have a sounding board for ideas and questions. 

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Lilly Conference Travel Fellowship for First Year Faculty
Lilly Conference
, Bethesda, MD, May 29 - June 1: "Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning" - Agenda at a Glance (PDF)

The Lilly Conference Travel Fellowship supports full-time, first-year faculty members at Villanova University to participate in the Lilly Conference, Bethesda, focused on learning, teaching, and assessment in higher education as well as scholarly teaching. This regional teaching conference presents a distinctive professional development opportunity for junior faculty to refine their teaching skills, deepen their understanding of student learning, support their growth as teacher-scholars in the discipline, and network with faculty colleagues across East Coast institutions.

Application Process: Full-time, first-year, pre-tenure, faculty members are encouraged to apply. Please refer to the Call for Applications (.doc) for details.

Required Documents:

  • Completed Call for Applications, including Statement of Purpose
  • Letter of Support (by Chairperson in Department) – speaks to the significance of the faculty member’s teaching conference participation in relation to his/her instructional responsibilities and contributions.
  • Post-Conference Reflective Essay due Monday, June 16, 2014 – (one page) describes professional instructional gains from teaching conference participation and intended application of knowledge gained to course development and instruction.

Application deadline: Friday, April 25, 5:00p.m.
Questions: gabriele.bauer@villanova.edu

The Lilly Conference Travel Fellowship provides support for conference registration, lodging and travel. Applicants are responsible for additional expenses, such as meals not included in the conference registration fee.

The Fellowship may fund up to five awards. Applicants should submit a well crafted, comprehensive document that highlights the significance of their teaching conference participation in relation to their instructional development and future teaching goals.

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