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New Faculty Manual

This manual is designed for new faculty members at Villanova University, and is designed to be a guide to some of the resources and services available to faculty members. It is a companion volume to the Faculty Handbook and Adjunct Faculty Handbook (see sidelink), which contain policies. We have made every attempt to insure that the information in this manual is accurate and up-to-date; if you do find inaccuracies or if you have suggestions for improvement, please contact Dr. Craig Wheeland, Office of the Provost (

Villanova University is a Catholic Augustinian community of higher education, committed to excellence and distinction in the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge. Inspired by the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, the University is grounded in the wisdom of the Catholic intellectual tradition and advances a deeper understanding of the relationship between faith and reason.  Villanova emphasizes and celebrates the liberal arts and sciences as foundational to all academic programs.  The University community welcomes and respects members of all faiths who seek to nurture a concern for the common good and who share an enthusiasm for the challenge of responsible and productive citizenship in order to build a just and peaceful world.

Enduring Commitments

In pursuit of this mission, we commit ourselves to academic excellence, to our values and traditions, and to our students, alumni and the global community.

To foster academic excellence, we as a University:

  • Create a diverse community of scholars, united and dedicated to the highest academic standards;
  • Emphasize the liberal arts and sciences as our foundation and foster in our students active engagement, critical thinking, life-long learning, and moral reflection;
  • Concern ourselves with developing and nurturing the whole person, allowing students, faculty and staff to grow intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, culturally, socially, and physically in an environment that supports individual differences and insists that mutual love and respect should animate every aspect of university life;
  • Encourage interdisciplinary research, teaching and scholarship;
  • Affirm the intrinsic good of learning, of contemplation, and the search for truth in undergraduate and graduate education;
  • Support a curriculum that encourages both a global perspective and an informed respect for the differences among peoples and cultures.

To honor our values and tradition, we as a Catholic University:

  • Believe that the dialogue between faith and reason drives the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom and fosters St. Augustine’s vision of learning as a community ethos governed by love;
  • Seek to understand, enrich, and teach the Catholic intellectual tradition through our curricula, scholarship and activities in ways that engage diverse religious, intellectual and cultural traditions in a vigorous and respectful pursuit of truth and wisdom in every area of humanity;
  • Provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to seek guidance from Catholic intellectual and moral traditions, while always welcoming people from all faiths, cultures, and traditions to contribute their gifts and talents to our mission;
  • Respect and encourage the freedom proposed by St Augustine, which makes civil discussion and inquiry possible and productive;
  • Look to the Order of St. Augustine to preserve our Augustinian character, by showing appropriate preference to Augustinians in faculty and staff appointments, and by welcoming their presence and influence in our university community.

To serve our students, alumni and global community, we as an Augustinian University:

  • Encourage students, faculty, and staff to engage in service experiences and research, both locally and globally, so they learn from others, provide public service to the community, and help create a more sustainable world;
  • Commit to the common good, and apply the knowledge and skills of our students and faculty to better the human condition;
  • Encourage our students and faculty to pursue virtue by integrating love and knowledge, and by committing themselves to research and education for justice, with a special concern for the poor and compassion for the suffering;
  • Respect a worldview that recognizes that all creation is sacred, and that fosters responsible stewardship of the environment;
  • Include our alumni as an integral part of the Villanova community;
  • Value highly our relationship with neighboring communities.

For further discussions of the mission of the university, see the Mission and Ministry site.

This checklist covers some of the things that a faculty member will need in the first few days or weeks. The Office of the Provost Home Page has a variety of useful information, including an electronic version of this manual that has links to many of the resources mentioned.  Procedures vary from department to department and from college to college, so this is only a rough guide.  (Please also note that the College of Nursing is not organized in a departmental structure; many of the functions described below for department chairs are conducted by the dean).

Use and Source
Campus ID Card (Wildcard) The University card (the Wildcard) is available at the University Wildcard Office in Dougherty Hall, telephone ext. 94179. Your picture will be taken and you will receive a plastic photo ID card. This card is used for the library, admission to athletic facilities, entrance to certain buildings, and for the automated gates to the campus on Route 320. You can also set up a debit account that will allow you to enjoy the convenience of purchasing power across campus and in the surrounding community without carrying cash or checks. You can transfer funds to Wildcard over the internet at To receive a Wildcard you will need a photo ID (driver’s license or passport) and a phone call or written statement from your department certifying that you are a faculty member. Wildcards are also available for family members at a cost of $20 each for use at the library and the athletic facilities.

United States Visa and Pennsylvania Driver's License


If you need assistance with applying for a United States visa, please contact our international advisor, Hubert WhanTong at or 610-519-8017. If you intend to secure a Pennsylvania driver's license, visit this web site for information:
Parking hangtag Available from Public Safety, Farrell House, 1st floor, x96990. This is a tag that you place on your rear-view mirror, allowing you to park on campus. The tags cost $100 to $150 per year depending upon where you are assigned to park. You may pay by payroll deduction if you apply before August 15, otherwise you will need check, cash, MasterCard or Visa. You will need a Wildcard as identification. (Adjunct faculty members receive a parking permit and are charged a lower rate if they park in the Main Lot.)
Office key, building key, elevator keys (some buildings) Keys are usually ordered from Public Safety by department secretaries. If your building has a door controlled by a Wildcard reader, access is granted using the same procedures that apply for obtaining keys. Don’t assume that your keys and cards are properly set up. Check them out during office hours. If you are locked out of your building, call Public Safety at x96979, they may be able to get you in. Please report lost keys to Public Safety.
Voice-mail account All Villanova faculty members, staff and students have voice-mail accounts. The system functions as an answering machine and it can send messages to individuals and groups; you can also determine whether messages have been received. You can operate the system from any touch-tone telephone. To have your voice-mail account set up, have your department assistant contact Peggy Shaffer at
 or (94188) giving your name, office extension and location. She will send you a password and instructions.
Directory Search
There is an on-line Villanova’s telephone directory system,
Computers UNIT (The Office of University Information Technologies) handles university-wide computing, information systems and networking. Departments and colleges sometimes have their own specific computing systems and networks. The UNIT Help Desk (x97777) is the first place to call with questions or problems; they should be able to refer you to the appropriate person to answer your question if they cannot solve it themselves. The standard personal computer platform is a PC with Windows. The Villanova home page is located at
E-Mail Microsoft Outlook is Villanova’s official E-mail system. Call the Help Desk (x97777) to set up your e-mail account. Outlook mail is an official channel of information, so you must check it on a regular basis. If you prefer to use your existing e-mail account instead of your Villanova e-mail, please log into VU Home Page and click on “Edit your Account” to automatically forward your Villanova mail to your existing address. The Help Desk can help you set this up. The typical convention for a Villanova e-mail address is Firstname.Lastname@Villanova.Edu, although there are some adjustments when names are duplicated.
Off campus computer access Villanova email is also available on the Web – just login to the homepage and check your email. It is possible to access Villanova’s computer systems from off-campus. Please call the help desk (x97777) for assistance.
Home Page Villanova University’s home page URL is The home page is constantly being updated and has a wealth of information on many campus offices.
Personal WWW Home Page Many faculty members have their own Home Page on the World Wide Web. If you would like to set up a home page, UNIT may be able to assist. Call the help desk, 97777 for information.
Podcasting and iTunes U Villanova supports podcasting.  A podcast is a web feed of audio or video files placed on the Internet for anyone to download or subscribe. Villanova also is part of iTunes.  Villanova on iTunes U was released on Thursday, October 19th, 2006. This collaborative is an initiative between Villanova and Apple Computer, Inc. Villanova iTunes U is a service that is accessed through Apple's popular iTunes interface. Users of iTunes U can subscribe to and download content to their PC or MAC. For portability, Students, Faculty and Staff on the go may also sync their content to an iPod player or other portable MP3 device. For more information visit:
Photocopying Photocopying policy varies from department to department. Check with your chair or department secretary. The typical arrangement is that your department will have facilities for doing small jobs, larger jobs will be sent by the department secretary to the Graphic Services, and are usually returned in a few days.
Business cards Villanova produces a standard blue/white business card. These are available from Graphic Services in Garey Hall (x94470) and cost approximately $55 for a box of 500. Typically, you would need to pay for them yourself.
Where to eat There are public cafeterias in the Connelly Center, Dougherty Hall, Bartley Hall, CEER, and the Law School. There are dining facilities for faculty and staff in Dougherty Hall and in the basement of the Saint Augustine Center. There are food stores (with convenience store prices) in Donahue Hall and in St. Mary’s. For hours see: The Conference Center is also open for meals by reservation (610-523-1776).
Book store

The University Shop (Kennedy Hall) sells textbooks and other college-related materials. Faculty members receive a 10% discount on most purchases. Purchases made with a Wildcard debit account receive an additional 5% discount. Be sure to inform the cashier that you are a faculty member. For hours visit:  


This checklist covers items which you may need in connection with teaching.

VITAL (Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning) VITAL provides and coordinates resources for faculty members who are interested in helping their students become more effective learners. Among the services offered are confidential consultations and classroom observations, workshops, and mini-grants. A library/ resource center contains materials related to teaching and learning. Call 95627 for more information, or stop by at Vasey 106 anytime during business hours.  
Center for Multicultural Affairs CMA seeks to promote intercultural awareness among faculty, staff and students in its effort to advance and promote the educational mission of Villanova University. The Center sponsors speakers, workshops, and other activities, and can provide support and consultation for faculty members who are interested in incorporating intercultural perspectives in their classrooms. For more information call 610-519-4075 or stop by in 102 Dougherty Hall.  
Textbooks Textbooks are sold in Villanova's University Shop. An email requesting book orders is sent out by the University Shop several months before a given semester starts. Faculty complete book orders using a user friendly on-line process.  If you do not get your book orders in on time, the Book Manager may not be able to have all the books you need by the beginning of the semester.    
Coursepacks and copyrights Please respect copyright law and the intellectual property of authors and publishers; do not distribute or sell “pirated” course materials. The university does encourage you to make customized textbooks or “coursepacks.” Take the materials for your coursepack (with a textbook adoption form signed by your chair) to the University Shop at the same time that textbook orders are due. The University Shop will send your coursepack to Xanudu Publishing who will research the copyrights for you and print and bind a professional-looking coursepack. You can monitor the cost of your coursepack at in order to make sure that the royalties and other expenses do not make the book too expensive. Call Vince Perkins in the University Shop for advice (95079).  
NOVASIS Novasis is the system for class lists, entering grades, schedules, updating your personal information, and a number of other important functions. You should receive a letter giving you your Novasis PIN number. If you do not receive this letter, go to Novasis at also reachable from the Registrar and click on "Login to Secure Area." Click on the link "Don’t know your PIN" and your PIN will be sent to you by e-mail.  
Class lists (with pictures of students) Class lists and other information are available in the Novasis system. You need a special PIN to enter Novasis. The Novasis system provides you with several different versions of your class lists, including one with pictures. If you click on the Faculty Tab in MyNOVA, you’ll also find a different version of your class list with pictures, as well as a group distribution list so that you can send one email to your entire class.  
Class times and locations Times and locations for classes are listed in the Master Schedule, available online through the Faculty Tab in MyNOVA, the Registrar’s homepage, and also available on Novasis. Monday, Wednesday, Friday classes typically begin at the half-hour and end 20 minutes after the hour (e.g., 12:30 PM to 1:20 PM). Tuesday-Thursday classes are 75 minutes in length (e.g., 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM).  
Instructional Technologies UNIT has an office of Instructional Technologies that can assist you with things such as asynchronous learning technologies. Call Joan Lesovitz (x97965) for further information.  
Multi-media classrooms Some classrooms are equipped with multi-media technology. If you need this technology on a regular basis contact your chair (as soon as possible). If you need this capacity on an occasional basis, contact Media Technology & Creative Design (94467) and they can arrange to have your class meet in one of their viewing rooms.  
Change classrooms If there are problems with the classroom that you have been assigned, email the Registrar’s Office and try to explain what the problem is and what you need. Another possibility is to look at the classroom calendar yourself and find a free classroom at the right time. You can go inspect the room yourself and then request the change.  
Grades Grades are as follows: A’4.00; A-’3.67; B+’3.33; B’3.00; B-’2.67; C+’2.33; C’2.00; C-’1.67; D+’1.33; D’1.00; D-’.67;F’0.0. More detailed information on grades is sent to faculty by the Registrar prior to the time mid-term and final grades are due.  
Mid-term grades In the mid-semester, you will be expected to enter undergraduate mid-term grades through the Faculty Tab in MyNOVA, or through Novasis, available from the Registrar’s website. Instructions on posting grades will be made available by the Registrar’s Office. Mid-term grades are not part of the student’s permanent record but do provide an indication of progress. If at all possible, you should try to assign some graded material before midterm. The date of the mid-term is in the academic calendar and is on the registrar's homepage.  
Final examinations A schedule of times and locations for final examinations is on the Registrar's website. You should have a final at the time scheduled. Do not schedule a final at another time or cancel a final without consulting with your department chair.  
Final grades At the end of each term, you will be expected to enter your grades through the Faculty Tab in MyNOVA, or through Novasis (on the Registrar's website). Your grades must be submitted before the published deadlines. Instructions on posting grades will be made available by the Registrar's Office.  
Change of grades Once grades have been submitted, there is a form for changing grades, available from the department secretary. This process is for correcting mistakes. Students will sometimes ask you if they can do additional work after the semester to raise their grades; this is an occasion to "just say no."  
Course and teacher survey (CATS) In compliance with a University Senate ruling, a student survey is done at the end of the semester in every course. The instrument has 29 questions including 7 demographic questions, 20 diagnostic questions, two evaluative questions, and a space for open-ended comments. The results are returned to the faculty member and are also used by departments and the deans as part of their evaluation of teaching. Villanova publishes a manual on CATS that answers many typical questions.    

Falvey Memorial Library provides opportunities for faculty, and other scholars, to speak and present research through a variety of programmatic platforms, particularly after work is published or has been recognized. Falvey Memorial Library's Community Bibliography is the public showcase for the entire published output of the Villanova University community. Citations or full-text submissions may be made by going to Bibliography.

Full-text documents are housed in the Villanova University's Digital Library's Faculty Full-text collection. More information about the Villanova University Digital Library can be found at the Digital Library. Due to the variety of social/cultural/academic events that occur in the Library, faculty are also encouraged to have students attend, or discuss the possibility with the Library of conducting a class around a talk to be given there with the goal of curricular integration.

For hours and general information you may also call x94292. You will need your Wildcard ID for access into the Library.
Reserve materials for students Call the library reserve room (x94278) for information. The library is offering an electronic full-text reserve system. Call for further details.  
Instructional Technologies Center for Information Technologies and Media Technology & Creative Design (x94467) assists faculty by supporting a full spectrum of media-related services including: an extensive non-print materials collection (videotapes, etc); media equipment for checkout; satellite downlinks for teleconferences; and various viewing and presentation options. The department seeks to acquire new material based upon faculty recommendations, and can also provide equipment consultation and maintenance. Media Technology & Creative Design also supports teaching and research by offering creative production services, such as graphic arts, photography and videography.  
Campus mail to students Students who live on campus in the residence halls receive their mail at the Kennedy Hall mailroom. If you wish to send them campus mail, address it to them at their PO Box number in Kennedy Hall. Students who live in the West Campus apartments use the St. Mary's mailroom. The box numbers are available on Banner.  
Graduation and convocations Graduation is a major ritual at Villanova and it is strongly expected that faculty members will attend the commencement services. We also have a major convocation at the beginning of the year, and occasionally convocations during the year, and faculty are strongly urged to participate. Students always remark that they are enormously pleased that most faculty members participate. You will receive information about renting caps and gowns a few weeks before graduation or other convocations. Over the long run it is usually less expensive to purchase the appropriate regalia, rather than renting year after year. The University Shop may be able to help you purchase regalia at discount prices.  
Questions about schedules, majors, requirements Every Villanova student has an adviser, assigned either by the college or by the major department. Students with academic problems should be referred to their adviser, their department chair or to the appropriate dean.
Writing Students who need support with writing problems can be referred to the Writing Center (x94604) where trained student consultants will work with them. The faculty member receives a report after the consultation.
Mathematics Learning and Resource Center The MLRC provides support for students in freshman and sophomore mathematics courses. Call x95193 MLRC for times and further information.
Study skills Students who are having trouble with study skills can be referred to the Office of Learning Support Services (x95176). The Learning Support Office has a full-time study skills specialist who can help students identify and address areas where they are not learning as effectively as possible.
Academic Integrity

Villanova has been working hard to improve the climate of academic integrity and to reduce cheating and plagiarism.  Please make it clear to your students that you care about integrity, and make your expectations (especially on group assignments) clear so that students know what kind of collaborations are appropriate.   If you encounter violations follow these steps:  confront the student; assign whatever penalty you feel is appropriate; report the incident to your chair.  This last step is very important, both for your protection and to insure that the student does not have previous violations.  Villanova’s Code of Academic Integrity is listed within the Policies section of the Faculty Handbook.

“Learning with Integrity: A Faculty Manual on Academic Integrity” is available from the Office of the Provost (x94520) as well as on the web within the Faculty Resources section.

You and your students are encouraged to visit the Academic Integrity Gateway, complete the interactive quiz, and use the web site as resource for writing papers.  The Academic Integrity Gateway is found at:  If you have questions, please call the Office of the Provost (94520).  

Students who miss classes and assignments Students sometimes disappear from class for long periods of time and fail to do their assignments. Villanova prides itself on its concern for students, and the fact that students are missing classes or assignments should not be ignored. Faculty members should contact those students and determine what the problem is. A good practice is to fill out a Deficiency Report (available from the dean's office and departmental offices) concerning such students. In some cases these behaviors are indicative of more serious problems, and the deans can make this determination and provide help if needed.
Careers and jobs The Office of Career Planning and Placement offers services to help students plan careers (x94060).
Personal counseling, family problems, stress, depression, eating disorders, etc. The University Counseling Center has a staff of full-time and part-time psychologists who offer services to students such as individual counseling, assessment, and group counseling, and who can consult with faculty members about student psychological concerns. The Counseling Center can also refer students for other internal and external resources (x94050).
Drug and alcohol Drug and alcohol assistance and counseling is available at the Counseling Center (x94050).
Spiritual issues For many Villanova students, college is a time of spiritual exploration and questioning. The Campus Ministry program offers a wide variety of programs for students (x94080)
Learning disabilities Like most Universities, Villanova has a number of students with learning disabilities. Please review the Faculty Handbook policy on this, which suggests language for your course syllabus. Students who say that they have disabilities should contact the Learning Support Office. We are required both by law and by our tradition of respect for individuals to do whatever is appropriate to help these students without, of course, sacrificing our academic standards. You should not, however, make specific accommodations for students without some documentation from Learning Support Services. Call Learning Support Services at x95176 for further information.
Physical disabilities Call Steve McWilliams at x94095 for advice about students with physical disabilities.
Student athletes Jean Porreca is the contact for academic support for student-athletes; call her at the Office of Academic Support for Athletes (x97719).
International students The International Students advisor helps foreign students with orientation and with U.S. immigration requirements. Call Steve McWilliams at x94095.
Multicultural students The Center for Multicultural Affairs provides support both academically and socially for multicultural students enrolled at Villanova University, services several programs for underrepresented students, and also serves as a resource for a wide variety of campus cultural groups. Call 610-519-4075 for more information.
Health issues The Health Center provides students with the same services that are provided by a family practice. The Health Center also has eleven beds for overnight nursing care (x94070).
Sexual harassment Sexual harassment is a violation of Villanova's philosophy and its policy. Anyone who has concerns about sexual harassment should contact Kathy Byrnes, the University Sexual Harassment officer (x94550).
Discrimination and harassment Discrimination and harassment of all types including race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability are prohibited by Villanova policy. For more information, contact Mr. Albert Baladez (94238)
Student behavior problems Students are occasionally disrespectful or otherwise disruptive in class. This kind of behavior is clearly forbidden by the student code of conduct. Faculty members who are experiencing such problems should contact their department chair, and if necessary, their dean for advice on how to handle these problems. If the problem is not resolved quickly, faculty members or their chairs should also call the Dean of Students (94200). In exceptional cases, students may appear to be threats to themselves, threats to the campus community, to have experienced traumatic personal events; or exhibit behavior and/or emotional states that raise significant concerns. When faculty members encounter a student whose behavior or situation is analogous to the cases described above, they should communicate their concerns and observations to an academic Assistant or Associate Dean, the Dean of Students, and/or the Counseling Center. If a student presents an immediate threat, contact Public Safety’s emergency number (94444).
Medical emergencies Villanova has a 24-hour medical emergency team. Call them at x94444.
Legal issues Occasionally, students or their parents feel that they wish to have an attorney pursue some issue. Do not panic, and do not worry. The attorneys in the General Counsel office are extremely knowledgeable and can handle such concerns. Do not try to deal with these issues yourself; as soon as someone starts talking about a lawyer, refer them to our in-house General Counsel (x97857).
Accidents Work related injuries to faculty or employees on campus, including slipping or falling on the stairs or sidewalks, are covered by Worker's Compensation. You must report such accidents to your superior (usually your department chair). Villanova has a panel of doctors who treat work related injuries. Public Safety will take you to Bryn Mawr Hospital for treatment. Call x96979.
Parents and other third parties Information about students is confidential and in most cases cannot be given out to unauthorized third parties (including parents) without the permission of the student. Students are asked to provide written permission to share academic information with parents as part of their enrollment documentation. You can check with your Dean’s office to determine if such permission has been granted in a particular case. If parents want to tell you their concerns, you may listen politely, but you should not discuss their student with them until you have checked that you are authorized to do so. The Faculty Handbook has a detailed policy on confidentiality.
Mentors It is absolutely essential that you find senior faculty mentors and advisers who will assist you in developing and advancing your research program. Research mentoring is almost always done within a department; please discuss this topic thoroughly with your department chair and with senior members of your department.
On-line reference materials The Reference Department of Falvey Library supports a number of on-line reference services, many of which are available through the campus network. Call the Reference department at x94273.
Inter-library loan Inter-library loan materials can be ordered from the library (x94274).
Grant support The Office of Grants and Contracts assists faculty members in identifying potential grant support, drafting proposals, and administering grants. Call Moira McAndrews at x94220 for more information.
Travel funding Departments and college deans have some funding available to support faculty travel to conferences. Talk to your department chair.
Professional associations Your faculty mentors and department chair can advise you on appropriate professional associations.
Area consortia Philadelphia has many colleges and universities and there are a wide variety of scholarly consortia. Ask your department chair for advice.
Elegant meals and accommodations Impress your guests - take them for lunch or dinner at the Villanova University Conference Center, by reservation at 610.523.1776. The Conference Center also has lovely hotels rooms. If the conference center is booked up, check the Villanova Parents site for a list of local hotel facilities.
Public safety Villanova's Public Safety department is on call 24 hours a day (x96979). Call them to report suspicious people or incidents or hazardous conditions. If you are sponsoring an event on campus it is a good idea to inform them. They can also help you if you are locked out of your office or if your car needs to be jump-started.
Maintenance, cleaning, recycling For questions and problems about cleaning call Jim Lamb (x94461); for maintenance call Elizabeth DiRita (x97893); for recycling call Rick Laudenslager (x94426).
Banking Wells Fargo Bank has a small branch office in Dougherty Hall. There is an ATM machine there and several others in the Connelly Center.
Done something newsworthy? Faculty activities and publications are often newsworthy and can attract favorable publicity to Villanova. If you are doing something you think might interest the broader community, call the Office of University Communication x93835. Please send information about more routine activities (books and articles published, conferences attended) to Blueprints, our staff newsletter which is published by Office of University Communication. Check with the external relations/communication staff in your College/School for other media through which to report your good news.
Campus newspaper A free campus student newspaper, The Villanovan, comes out on most Fridays during the school year. They can help you publicize on-campus events. There are several student literary publications.
Scheduling an event To schedule a campus event in the Connelly Center, call x97273, to request a classroom for an event, call the Registrar at 94037. It is a good idea to check the calendar of events before scheduling a new event. Check under the Calendar of Events on the main home page.
Masses and religious services Call Campus Ministry for information about on-campus religious services (x94080).
Public service Campus Ministry sponsors many public service activities, including work-trips (such as Habitat for Humanity) and local programs. Faculty are welcome to participate and can also serve as group leaders. Call x94080.
Plays Villanova's Theatre Department presents several plays each year (in recent years the productions have won a number of awards). Call the Box Office (x 97474) for information. Faculty members and students receive a discount on tickets.
Art gallery There is a small art gallery in the Connelly Center. Exhibit receptions are open to everyone, call x94612 for information.
Concert series The university sponsors a chamber music series and numerous student concerts; call Music Activities (x97214) for information.
Cultural Film Series The Cultural Film Series shows noteworthy films regularly in the Connelly Center Cinema. Call 97270 for a schedule.
Athletics facilities Available facilities include gym, pools, workout machines, indoor and outdoor tracks, and weight rooms at several different locations on campus. A Wildcard is needed to use the facilities. Call the information desk at x94090 for hours and availability. Lockers are available from the gym manager at x94124.
Athletics tickets Call x94097 in the Athletics Department for information about tickets to basketball and football games. Tickets for football games are available; on-campus basketball games are often sold out but tickets for some of the off-campus basketball games may be available. Faculty members receive a discount.
Faculty Handbook or Adjunct Faculty Handbook The Faculty Handbook for Full-time Faculty and a Faculty Handbook for Adjunct Faculty are available. The handbooks provide a great deal of detailed information for faculty members and the VPAA website has other valuable information as well. If you have other questions, you may always call the Office of the Provost (x94520) to help you find a source for the information you are looking for.  
Blue Book This is the student handbook, which contains lots of useful information on campus activities. You should receive one in the mail, but you may also pick one up at the information desk in the Connelly Center. It is also on-line at the Dean of Students website.  
Catalogs The Undergraduate Catalog describes undergraduate academic courses and programs and outlines our academic contract with students. It should be available in your department. Catalogs are also available for Villanova's graduate programs in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Engineering, MBA, Nursing, and Law.  
College publications The various colleges publish materials on their own programs. Call the office of the Dean of your respective college to get copies of what is available.  

Further thoughts: By John Immerwahr (revised by Craig Wheeland)

This section is intended to help new faculty members think about the longer term issues of professional development. Although the prescriptions here are stated dogmatically, they are designed to stimulate questions rather than to give answers. They are not necessarily shared by other Villanova faculty members or administrators. (In other words, if you try these ideas and they don't work, you will have no one to blame but yourself).

  • Getting from "they" to "we"
    • Adjusting to a new academic environment is a challenging task, especially if this is your first full-time teaching position. You were recruited and hired by Villanova because we hoped that you would stretch our institution and make us better than we are. You will presumably find some things here that seem to be counterproductive, inefficient, and unwise (perhaps even idiotic). Do not suppress these thoughts, but also be tactful and strategic in deciding what you want to change and how to best accomplish reforms.
    • We in the office of the Provost are always looking for new ideas, so keep us informed of your ideas and suggestions. Having said this, there is also a subtle transition that happens for many new faculty members. In the beginning they ask, "Why do they do things this way here?" After a few years, however, they begin to ask themselves "Why do we do it this way?" Interestingly, some people never really make that transition, and they spend entire careers here seemingly against their own will. Faculty who make this transition to “we” become effective change-agents because they develop a sense of ownership of the institution without ever losing their vision of how much greater our University can be.
  • Staff, Colleagues, Chairs, and Deans: Care and Feeding.
    • Staff. Villanova's staff members are, in many cases, long-term employees who have a great deal of commitment to the institution and know a great deal about it. They know a great deal about the university and are a good source of advice and assistance. Often they or their dependents take courses here as well. Staff members sometimes complain that a few faculty members are insensitive to their position and even, at times, arrogant and disrespectful. The University is actively trying to encourage better understanding and working relations between staff and faculty; please treat them with courtesy and respect.
    • Faculty. One of your jobs is to seek out faculty members who can mentor you in your research, teaching and professional development. You may find other faculty members for whom you may have less respect. Villanova is a small community and people can have long memories. Until you get a sense of the community, you might want to err on the side of discretion.
    • Chairs. Your chair is your link to the administration and you should work closely with your chair. Try to respond promptly to requests for information and keep your chair closely informed of what you are doing. Generally speaking, administrators don't like surprises. If you are doing something interesting, important, or potentially controversial, let your chair hear it from you rather than from someone else.
    • Deans and other administrators. There is a standard procedure for most requests here at Villanova. If you want something, you first address your request to your department chair either in person, by E-mail, or in a formal memo. If the question is completely within the chair's authority, the chair will take care of it. If not, the chair will forward your request, and a recommendation to the dean of your college. The dean will either resolve the issue or, if necessary, send your request, your chair's recommendation, and the dean's recommendation to the Provost. The idea is that the request and the recommendations are layered.

      Except in emergencies, do not go to your dean or to the Office of the Provost without talking to your chair first. The dean usually will not act without checking with the chair first anyway, and the Office of the Provost will not act without hearing from the dean and the chair. Sidestepping the hierarchy will only delay the process and annoy everyone. Obviously there are cases where these general rules don't apply; just use common sense.

Teaching Tips: By John Immerwahr and VITAL

For help and support around teaching issues, you may turn to VITAL (The Villanova Institute of Teaching and Learning) in addition to the support of your colleagues and department chair. Stop by Vasey 106 for a visit or call 95627 for more information.

  • Generalizations. Here are some generalizations about Villanova students for you to test, reject or modify:
    • The Villanova community sometimes has a way of encouraging students to stress their similarities rather than their diversity. If you have come from a larger university, the students may seem remarkably similar in attitudes, dress, and background. Don't be fooled by the surface. Probe a little deeper and you will find a surprisingly wide range of diversity.
    • Many students here have come from strong Catholic and public schools. Although you may see some problems with academic preparation, the students generally are reasonably well prepared in terms of mechanics. They are also relatively conscientious about assignments, due-dates, and other academic rules and regulations. At the same time, our students can have a tendency to be less creative than they might be. Left to their own devices, they sometimes prefer to approach their education in a mechanistic manner, doing what is asked of them but not really internalizing and struggling with the subject matter. You will need to put extra energy into getting them to open up and to explore, debate and challenge the ideas you are exposing them to.
    • Many Villanova students tend to have a rather strong social focus. They generally have close personal relationships with each other and are more likely to be supportive of each other rather than competitive. This social focus sometimes overwhelms the intellectual side of college life. Over the years we have worked hard to create a more intellectual climate here and in this respect the tone of campus life has gradually improved. Anything you can do to assist in creating a more vibrant intellectual climate here will benefit all of us: please make this one of your most urgent priorities.
  • Student expectations. In our experience, students have a number of expectations of faculty members, including some of the following:
    • Don't waste my time. Despite the view that they sometimes project, students want classes where they really learn something and where they feel that they have accomplished something. There are courses here that have a reputation as having little substance and making no demands. Some students will flock to these courses, but they don't necessarily enjoy them or respect the professors who teach them.
    • Don't bore me. One of Villanova's most outstanding teachers uses a simple exercise to modify his own teaching: during his classes he tries to pick out the student who looks most bored or out of touch with what is going on. This professor then asks himself, "what do I have to do to get that student to pay attention?" Sometimes he changes the tone of his voice, sometimes he changes what he is doing (stops lecturing and starts a discussion, or stops a discussion and starts lecturing); at other times walks around the room, uses an example or some humor. The point is that students give you a great deal of feedback on what works for them -- use it and learn from it.
    • Treat me like a person. Students like to be treated with respect and kindness. The first step is knowing the name of each of your students and making sure that they know that you know it. Don't hesitate to take class time to learn everyone's name; the students will appreciate the effort. Obviously, you are the authority in the classroom, but this is compatible with treating student concerns with sympathy and respect. Our students, and their families, are paying a great deal of money for a Villanova education. They deserve to be treated decently and with respect.
    • Make your expectations clear. Students don't expect to get good grades in every class, but they like to feel that if they put enough energy into their class they would do well. What bothers them most is when they don't know what they would have to do to do better.
  • Preparing for Classes: Questions to consider.
    • What are my students like, with respect to:
      • Motivation for this course?
      • Interest in the subject?
      • Learning skills and strategies?
      • Confidence in their ability to do well in the course?
    • Why do I want students to learn this material? What purpose(s) should this particular class fulfill for students?
    • How will my students need to use the information given in this class on tests and assignments?
    • How can I best let students know how the day's class will be structured and alert them to key points amid transitions during the class?
    • How can I begin the class so that students will be motivated to need or want the information that I will be giving?
    • What 4 or 5 points do I want to make in this class?
    • What examples can I give to illustrate these points? Can I start by giving an example that my students can relate to their own experiences?
    • How can I vary the pace of the class? Can I break it into segments to keep students' attention?
    • Can I model thinking, problem solving, interpretation, and/or evaluation processes for students, rather than merely presenting the conclusions of those processes?
    • How can I get feedback from my students during the class?
    • How can I reach students who have differing learning styles?
    • Will the world really come to an end if I don't convey all of the information I intended to convey? Which is more important: promoting my students' learning or "covering" all of the class material?
  • Lectures.
    • Good lectures are usually well organized, include examples and summaries, and are given in a dynamic manner. Most good lecturers work from schematic outlines rather than from written-out materials.
  • Discussions.
    • Ask questions where there are many possible answers. Questions are often the best way to start a discussion. Questions such as "can you think of an example of this?" or "what do you think about this?” are much more likely to evoke a good discussion than is a question to which you know the answer already, such as “how does the author define this." Try to avoid "answering-pulling" questions where you know the response you want and you are trying to pull the answer out of the class. To students this feels as though you are trying to get them to give your lecture for you.
    • Value the question. Don't think you have to answer every student question right away. Sometimes it is more important to focus on the question itself, rather than the answer.
    • Give people time. Don't expect people to have something to say right away. Don't be afraid to give students some time to collect their thoughts and questions.
    • Combine writing and discussion. Some faculty members have great success with asking students to write things during class. For example, you might say: take a moment and write down a question or reaction to this material. This gives you and opportunity to bring in the more shy students. It is less threatening to say, "what did you write?" than it is to put the student on the spot by saying "what do you think?"
    • Observe and be observed. After you have met some other faculty members whom you trust and work well with, you might ask them to observe your classes. Also you might ask permission to observe the classes of professors who have reputations as outstanding teachers.
    • Get feedback. Villanova does have official student evaluation instruments (policies vary from department to department) but they are usually given at the end of the semester, and by the time you get the results it is too late to do anything anyway. You can make up your own student surveys and give them out during the semester to help you identify areas where students are not really understanding what you are trying to do.