Faculty Message Archive

Amanda Grannas communicates routinely with faculty and student regarding the strategic direction Research is charting at Villanova University. In addition, the Associate Vice Provost for Research will communicate with Faculty via email - focusing on a specific topic and sharing news within her office and across campus.


Setting a Collaborative Path

The start of a new academic year has always been an exciting time for me – a time seasoned with thoughts of new beginnings, fresh faces and different perspectives as a new cadre of undergraduate and graduate students joins our community. Seeing the excitement of students as they embark on a different chapter of their lives always brings a sense of enthusiasm to this time and may even add an extra spring to my step. This new academic year is certainly no different – although this time the spring in my step is influenced by a different sense of new beginnings as I transition to the role of Associate Vice Provost for Research.

This is an exciting time to be a scholar at Villanova University, and an equally exciting time to serve as an advocate for scholarship on our campus. First and foremost, I will advocate for faculty members and students and their scholarly pursuits. Villanova is blessed with vibrant, energetic, and experienced faculty who engage both undergraduate and graduate students in scholarship in the truest form of the teacher-scholar model that is crucial to the mission of Villanova. I want to listen and learn from you as we work together to promote and enhance the culture of scholarship on our campus.

Throughout the coming academic year I plan to consult with a variety of constituencies to identify our current strengths and challenges, and determine what Villanova research can and should be in the future. Collaborations will occur in a manner that is inclusive, transparent, and always with a spirit of mutual respect for the diversity of ideas that come forth from a passionate scholarly university community. I look forward to being a tireless, impassioned advocate for the faculty and students within the Villanova community, and an enthusiastic, energetic representative of Villanova scholarship to outside entities. 



Celebrating our Vibrant Research Community

October 2016


At Villanova, we are blessed with a vibrant, creative, and enthusiastic faculty community. Our faculty impact our students in substantial ways both inside and outside the classroom. They mentor student research and creative projects while simultaneously working to advance their own scholarship – a balancing act that can be both difficult and rewarding. As AVPR, a critical part of my role is to help create an environment where our faculty feel supported, inspired, and able to reach their full potential.

As you peruse the Research Calendar of Events, you will notice a growing number of faculty development events. The October Brown Bag Lunch will focus on the ups and downs of proposal writing. Please mark your calendar for November’s event where we will discuss strategies to find writing time (Nov 15 & 16, Falvey 205).

In collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, we are hosting a Diversity Scholarship Meet and Greet on October 18 (3:30 - 5 pm, Idea Accelerator, Falvey Library). 

I also want to work to help raise the profile of Villanova faculty, both internally and externally – recognizing the fantastic achievements and hard work of our dedicated community of scholars. A new Faculty Profiles section has been added to the Research website highlighting faculty successes. It is crucial to recognize our talented faculty as we work to enhance our research public relations and development. My hope is that these efforts, while raising the profile of Villanova research externally, will also simultaneously motivate and enhance conversations and collaborations across campus, as we become more widely aware of the incredible scholarship happening in our community. Please consider sending me information about your own projects and achievements, so that we can share your exciting stories of research and insightful faculty profiles.

Thank you for your continued commitment to scholarship at Villanova.


Advancing Research

November 2016


Villanova University is home to innovation and creativity. From environmental health to cybersecurity, religious freedom to human rights, our faculty address some of the most pressing challenges. Faculty and students work to understand the fundamentals and they are actively involved in implementing solutions. With your continued input, I look forward to developing even more ways to support faculty, students, and their research.

Reduction of Administrative Burden on Faculty
The Office of Research Administration (ORA) has enhanced their website with news, forms, and easy to access policy documents. Additionally, ORA has rolled out an online financial conflict of interest disclosure process – eliminating paper-based disclosures. Faculty whose sponsored agreements are delayed by the sponsor may now request an "advance" index to begin spending.

A “Research Tools” portal has been added to the Faculty tab within MyNova and will serve as “one stop shopping” for your research needs, with direct links to relevant sites and policies across the university. Much remains to be done, but I hope you find these new resources useful.

Internal Support for Research
Conference Travel Grants
: The first round of grants were awarded and I am pleased to report that every eligible applicant was awarded their full request. The second round of applications are due Feb. 3Click here for program guidelines.

University Summer Grant Program deadline is quickly approaching. Click here to apply online by Dec. 2.

Spring Intensive Writing Workshop: This is a new program available to University faculty. Click here for details. Application deadline is Dec. 23 and space is limited.  Additionally, the Writing Center is in the process of hiring a Writing Fellow to help faculty with their various scholarly writing tasks, including proposals and manuscripts.

External Funding for Research
Securing external funding can be difficult – and we need to be creative and diversified as we seek research funding. We have begun to collect information on external funding programs from both public and private sources and have posted these online. Villanova has access to several search engines and databases, including Sponsored Projects Information Network (SPIN), Grants.gov and The Foundation Center. Click here for more information.

Research Faculty Profiles: Dr. Elaine Youngman
We recently interviewed Dr. Elaine Youngman, Associate Professor of Biology – she shares her research and experiences at Villanova University. More

Exciting things are happening, and I encourage you to share with me your thoughts on the programs that serve you best, as well as ideas for new mechanisms of support. Thank you for all that you do.

Warm regards,

Amanda Grannas
Associate Vice Provost for Research


February 2017

Compliance. This one word encompasses a vastly complex regulatory environment that individual researchers and institutions must navigate. I recognize the time committed to completing forms (both institutional and agency-specific), navigating approval processes, participating in training of various sorts, and understanding the various requirements relevant to individual research projects. My role as AVPR has allowed me to gain a rather unique perspective, as an active academic researcher who is also now responsible for overseeing much of our research compliance activities. I have been down in the weeds and I have been able to step back and take the 10,000 ft view from above. In the end, compliance boils down to a single concept. DO THE RIGHT THING.

Provost Maggitti has shared Villanova’s commitment to the protection of human subjects involved in research, and our IRB policies and procedures. As a national doctoral research university, it is imperative we always put the protection of our research subjects first and continue to strengthen our commitment to ethics and compliance, in all aspects of our research activities. Our senior leadership has placed Research Compliance among its most critical areas of focus, ensuring we adhere to federal regulations and in turn protect the university from liability. To that end, my office, the Office of Research Administration, and the University Compliance Office can assist you with addressing your questions or concerns.

I ask everyone to remember the fundamental WHY behind the compliance tasks we are required to take on. Are we holding ourselves to the highest standards of research ethics and imparting these principles to our students? It is the cornerstone of our mission and heritage and helps to define us as an institution. At Villanova, we do the right thing. 

Research Ethics at Villanova University (REVU) Week

Week of March 20, 2017
Join us for a variety of educational and interactive activities emphasizing the ideals of respect for persons, beneficence and justice. Events include sessions with expert speakers, regulatory and legal topic discussions, workshops and presentations. Register here.   

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Research Compliance 101

March 21 or 22, 11:30 am – 12:45 pm, Bryn Mawr Room, Connelly Center
Bring your lunch and join staff from ORA to discuss research compliance and training requirements. Drinks and dessert will be provided.

Research Idea Bounce® / March Minute Madness

March 28, 4 pm, ICE Idea Accelerator
Are you interested in learning more about the variety of research happening on campus, reaching out to embark on a new collaboration, or enlisting the expertise of someone else at Villanova? Then register to attend, or maybe even present at, Research IdeaBounce®. Drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres will follow. Advance registration is required using this link.

I thank you for your continued commitment to scholarship at Villanova.

Warm Regards,

Amanda Grannas
Associate Vice Provost for Research


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Proposal Prep for External Funding

We have developed a number of materials to aid you in proposal preparation for external funding, available on a Villanova Sharepoint site.

Please contact Associate Vice Provost for Research for access.

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Office hours are available to all faculty, staff, and students. Please contact AVPR Grannas to schedule time to meet.

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