News, Events, Annual Report


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.


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 recorded keynote forthcoming (VU login required)


Faculty Sponsorship for Blended Learning Conference, Bryn Mawr College, 5/23-24, 2018

VITAL supported three faculty colleagues to attend this regional conference: Jill Flanagan, Communication; Noel Dolan, Augustine & Culture Seminar, and Sally Scholz, Philosophy.

Link to conference site

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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 consists of: Alexander Diaz-Lopez, Mathematics & Statistics, and Raisa Velthuis, Economics.  

Link to Travel Fellowship Details

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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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Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Romaine on the Publication of her New Book, Write Arabic Now!

Dr. Romaine, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, began to develop her book based on a VITAL minigrant award in 2015-2016. Dr. Romaine produced a set of original materials in the form of a tracing workbook, with accompanying audio component, that enabled beginning students of Arabic to learn more easily how to write Arabic script. The workbook was piloted in Basic Arabic I, and refined in subsequent courses. 

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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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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-CIT.

Apply to Serve as VITAL Faculty Mentor by June 4

Link to program details and application


Lilly Conference - Designing Effective Teaching
May 31 - June 3, 2018
Bethesda, MD
Link to conference details

Drexel University Conference on Teaching and Learning Assessment
September 12 - 14, 2018
Philadelphia, PA
Link to details
Link to Call for Proposals

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