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.

Apply to Serve as VITAL Faculty Mentor by August 10

Link to program details and VITAL Faculty Mentors

Program for Faculty New to Villanova University
August 21 - 22
The Inn at Villanova University 
Location - please note the Inn is approx. 1 mile from the University

Link to registration by August 10; please list "new faculty program" in subject line
Link to agenda (PDF)
Link to program details 
Link to questions and inquiries

Orientation Program for Adjunct Faculty New To Villanova University
August 22, 6:00-9:00p.m.
Bartley Hall, Room 3010

Link to agenda (PDF)
Link to registration by August 17; please list "new adjunct faculty program" in subject line
Link to program details 
Link to questions and inquiries


Drexel University Conference on Teaching and Learning Assessment
September 12 - 14, 2018
Philadelphia, 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