News, Events, Annual Report


Congratulations: 2018 Lilly Teaching Conference Travel Fellows 

Two members of our teaching community were awarded travel fellowships to participate in the Lilly Teaching Conference, May 31-June 3. The Villanova team consisted of: Alexander Diaz-Lopez, Mathematics & Statistics, and Raisa Velthuis, Economics.  

Link to Travel Fellowship Details


2018 TLS Program at Villanova: May 16 

This end-of-the-academic-year collegial forum was very well received by the faculty. The program brought together 120 faculty across all colleages and provided opportunities to demonstrate and discuss a range of instructional strategies for engaged student learning. The keynote speaker, Dr. Terry Doyle, author, educational consultant, Professor Emeritus at Ferris State University, engaged us in a timely discussion on learning-centered instruction. 
Link to T. Doyle, keynote on Helping Students Understand How the Research on Learning Supports a Learner Centered Approach to Teaching (VU login required)


2018-2019 Instructional Minigrant Awardees

Christa Bialka, Education & Counseling; Sheryl Bowen, Communication and Jens Karlsson, Mechanical Engineering; Henry Carter, Computing Sciences; Markus Kreuzer, Political Science; Thomas Ksiazek, Communication; Michael Posner, Mathematics and Statistics; Jennifer Ross and Colleen Meakim, M. Louis Fitzpatrick College of Nursing; Rachel Skrlac Lo and Terence Yee, Education & Counseling; Yimin Zhang, Mathematics & Statistics

We congratulate the colleagues who have received minigrant awards and wish them the best as they work on their teaching projects, centered on engaged student learning, this summer.

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Affordable Materials Project (AMP)  

Due to the high and rising costs of course materials, students face academic consequences and financial challenges. Part of the mission of Villanova’s Affordable Materials Project (AMP) is to provide faculty with resources and options for selecting high quality course materials while reducing the cost for students. Learn how you can help students by visiting the faculty page of the AMP website and view the AMP video, presenting student and faculty experiences.

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Building a Tougher Student: Applying the Research on Intellectual Development (Webinar)

M. Bridges, Duquesne University and M. Norman, University of Pittsburgh, March 2018

This webinar distinguishes the characteristics of growth vs. fixed mindset and identifies four key stages of intellectual development. It applies the research on intellectual development to teaching and aims to help faculty promote foster a growth mindset and facilitate stronger thinking skills in their students.

Link to webinar and resources; please enter the password: tougher81
Accessible until 1/29/19.

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Faculty Video Provides Advice for Teaching Online  

In the video entitled, "Friendly Advice for Teaching Online," Villanova faculty share concrete experiences and recommendations for teaching online. Come and check it out!
The video was produced by VITAL and UNIT-IT.

Morning Mentor: Simple Gamification Strategies to Engage Students
Link to program - Access code: engage268
Link to more details - Access 24/7 in the office, on mobile device, at home from 10/15-10/21

Using Top Hat to Promote Active Learning 
Event sponsored by UNIT-IT
Monday, October 22, 12-1:30 p.m., Falvey 205
Link to registration and details

Food for Thought -  Upcoming Dates
Wed, October 24 or Thu, October 25 and
Tue, November 6 or Wed, November 7

Webinar: Introduction to VoiceThread 
Event sponsored by UNIT-IT
Monday, October 29, 12-1:30 p.m.
Link to registration and details

Discussion: How do you review your online course design?
Group discussion on Course Design Review Scorecard
November 5 2:30 p.m., SAC 300 or November 6 1p.m., Falvey 206
Send email to Dr. Andy Cui to register

New Appointed Faculty Get-Together: Teaching at Nova
Discuss and share teaching experiences and ideas
Fridays, November 2, or December 7
3:00 - 4:15 p.m., Falvey Library, Room 205

VITAL Faculty Mentor-Mentee Dinner
Thu, November 29, Dougherty Hall, East Lounge

New Faculty Program, Part 2
Thu, January 10, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Faculty Fridays 
Sponsor: Faculty Congress
First Friday afternoon of the month – President’s Lounge, Connelly


17th Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence
Temple University - Philadelphia, PA
January 9-10, 2019
Link to details

Association of American Colleges & Universities
Engaged Inclusivity:  Perceptions, Realtities, and Aspirations
March 28-30, 2019
Pittsburgh, PA
Link to details

Annual Report 2013-2014

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:

* vitalannualreport0614.pdf
Annual Report 2013-2014