Vital Faculty Associate Program

The Faculty Associate Program provides the opportunity and the time for the following groups of faculty to pursue a special interest related to teaching and/or students’ learning: (1) tenured faculty members; and (2) faculty members who hold full-time, permanent continuing non-tenure track positions and who have been at Villanova for six or more years. Faculty Associates spend a semester working with VITAL on a project of their choice that must have the potential to enrich teaching and learning at Villanova and thus strengthen Villanova’s academic community. Faculty Associates meet regularly with the director of VITAL for project design and consultation on implementation and assessment.

Current Faculty Associate:
Valentina DeNardis, Ph.D.
, Director of Classical Studies
Dr. DeNardis' project will introduce faculty to the use of tools in Office 365 to enrich their teaching, advising, and program administration. Dr. DeNardis's Cyber Antiquity blog was also recognized by EdTech Magazine as 2018 EdTech’s 30 Must-Read Higher Education IT Blogs.

Create more inclusive classrooms with Microsoft Office tools, 2018
Increased student engagement with Microsoft teams, 2018

Past Faculty Associates (PDF)

In partnership with VITAL, Faculty Associates can serve several roles:

  • work on projects that enhance the teaching and learning resources within their academic programs (undergraduate / graduate level)
  • conduct research pertaining to the teaching/learning interests and/or needs of the department, college, or University
  • provide leadership for faculty communities of practice, workshop sessions, consultations, and/or faculty mentoring
  • share their pedagogical expertise by developing instructional resources and/or programs for Villanova’s academic community
  • develop departmental approaches to the assessment of student learning, peer review process, or documentation of effective teaching.

VITAL has two Faculty Associate positions available: one in each semester respectively. As the ultimate goal of the program is to enrich the educational process at Villanova, Faculty Associates receive a reduction of one course in their teaching loads during the semester of their term. Project-related expenses up to $1,000 may be requested. Eligible faculty members receive letters of invitation to apply to the Faculty Associate program late November to early December each year. Please contact the Director to discuss your project ideas.


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