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.

Faculty Associates for AY 2019-2020:

Fall 2019:
Ruth McDermott-Levy, PhD, MPH, RN 
Associate Professor
Director, Center for Global and Public Health
M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
Project: Global Perspective of Climate and Heath
Synopsis: With students and faculty from Finland, Nigeria, India, and the United States, the online course seeks to educate the healthcare workforce of medical, nursing and public health students regarding the impact of climate change on human health. 

Spring 2020:
Kaley Carpenter, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor
Augustine and Culture Seminar Program
Project: Unplugging, Learning, and Teaching: Toward Digital Citizenship
Synopsis: The project will deepen faculty's understanding of the role of technology in instruction, and provide evidence-based guidelines on appropriate, learning-centered technology use for both faculty and students.

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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