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 and provide a summary report of their project to VITAL within four weeks of project completion.

Applications for AY 2019-2020 are due Friday, February 22. Please contact Gabriele Bauer, Director, with project ideas prior to submitting a proposal.
Link to application letter (PDF)

Faculty Associates for AY 2018-2019:

Fall 2018:
Diane M. Ellis, MSN, RN, CCRN
Clinical Assistant Professor, FCON
Project: Develop clinical simulations to educate nursing students in the quality and safe care of patients suffering from Parkinson’s Disease

Spring 2019:
Jens Karlsson, PhD
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Project: Revise undergraduate curriculum in mechanical engineering to enhance students’ instruction and training in the fundamentals of technical writing: Writing Instruction in Laboratory and Design Courses to Advance Technical Communication (WILDCAT-Com)

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 early January each year. Please contact the Director to discuss your project ideas.

Note. Past recipients of the Faculty Associate position are eligible to re-apply three years after having received the award.


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