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VITAL Faculty Associate Program

Past Faculty Associates (PDF)

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. The program provides a great opportunity for faculty to dedicate time (in the form of one 3-credit course release) to college-specific instructional priorities that they may have worked on in addition to their responsibilities. 

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.

In partnership with VITAL, Faculty Associates can serve several roles:

  • work on projects that enhance the teaching and learning resources within their departments/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, book discussions, consultations, and/or faculty mentoring
  • share their pedagogical expertise by developing instructional resources and/or programs for Villanova’s academic community
  • develop departmental processes or methods to assess student learning, conduct peer observations, or document effective teaching.

Note for AY 2022-2023 application. Faculty projects that advance our commitment to foster inclusive learning environments for our students and/or enhance the graduate student experience are highly encouraged in support of the 2020-2030 Strategic Plan Initiatives.

VITAL has two Faculty Associate positions available: one per semester respectively. As the goal of the program is to enrich the quality of students' educational experiences at Villanova, Faculty Associates receive a reduction of one course in their teaching loads during the semester of their appointment. Project-related expenses up to $1,000 may be requested. Eligible faculty members receive letters of invitation to apply to the program early January each year. Please contact the Director to discuss your project ideas.

Applications are due by Friday, April 29 

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

Faculty Associates for AY 2021-2022

Fall 2021


Carol T. Weingarten, PhD, RN, ANEF
Associate Professor
M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
Project: "Health News You Can Use: Health Programming for Radio Broadcast and Streaming through Academic and Co-Curricular Partnership and Collaboration" 
Synopsis: The project encapsulates two goals: (1) create an infrastructure and process for sustainable, Villanova-generated health programming; and (2) engage nursing students in purposive academic and co-curricular opportunities to instruct different audiences on health topics via radio broadcasting.

Spring 2022


Jean M. Lutes, PhD
Luckow Family Endowed Chair in English Literature
Department of English, CLAS
Project: "Creating a Community Sustainability Network to Enhance Student Learning" 
Synopsis: The project centers on the goal to develop a framework for a university-wide infrastructure that connects students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, and community members who work on sustainability and environmental justice projects. This infrastructure, currently lacking at Villanova, will serve as a central information hub for curricular, co-curricular, and research projects related to sustainability.


VITAL Microsoft for Higher Education Fellow
Valentina DeNardis, PhD
Director of Classical Studies
7-year Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert
Dr. DeNardis will offer online sessions that demonstrate use cases for Microsoft tools in higher education. Sessions will focus on particular topics or tools or provide an overview of various tools. Dr. DeNardis will create an online community (using Microsoft Teams) where Villanova faculty and staff can share their ideas and experiences using Microsoft tools on campus. The learning community will also be apprised of the latest Microsoft tool resources and updates. 


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Vasey Hall, Room 106
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610.519.5627

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