Lilly Conference Travel Fellowship for Newly Appointed, Full-Time Faculty

Call for Applications Will Open in April 2019

Refer to the Call for Applications document (docx). For further information consult the Fellowship Application section, following reflections from past Lilly Teaching Conference Travel Fellows.
Click here for Past Lilly Teaching Conference Travel Fellows (PDF)
For questions, contact Gabriele Bauer via email or at ext. 9-5627.


Lilly Fellow 2018: Dr. Alexander Diaz-Lopez, Mathematics and Statistics
"I went to the Lilly Teaching conference hoping to learn about the science/art of creating a motivational syllabus and to learn about different assessment practices. It turns out, I got a lot more out of it! Particularly, I learned about how we, humans, learn. Learning has little to do with your particular field of study and more to do with how our brains work (e.g. neuroscience and psychology). The conference was so good that I encourage every faculty to attend! Yes, Every. Single. Faculty."


Lilly Fellow 2018: Dr. Raisa Velthuis, Economics, Villanova School of Business
"Attending the Lilly conference instilled in me the importance of adopting a life-long, scholarly approach to teaching and learning. The sessions showcased insights from the fields of cognitive science and social psychology, and provided actionable suggestions for creating a learner-centered class environment. I particularly enjoyed learning about ways to enhance student motivation and engagement, for example by leveraging career relevancy and peer-based learning."


Lilly Fellow 2017: Dr. Laura Getz, Psychology
"The Lilly Conference provided me with a plethora of new strategies for student-centered learning. All the approaches I learned are evidence-based, which is important to me as a scientist and researcher. I have attended professional development sessions on teaching in the past, but this conference has definitely helped me to expand my teaching repertoire to enhance my students’ learning. I am grateful for the opportunity, and I look forward to implementing concrete practices in my courses."


Lilly Fellow 2017: Dr. Kabindra Shakya, Geography and the Environment
"I attended sessions where the facilitators demonstrated the use of technologies for instant feedback purposes; e.g., kahoot and slideo. I found a session on ‘Integrating mindfulness into the college classroom’ very interesting. Though the session was focused on a non-STEM course, I found that the practices applied to STEM courses. I see the potential benefits of mindfulness activities in reducing students' stress and also in helping to build community in the class."


Fellowship Application
Lilly Conference
, Bethesda, MD, 2019

The Lilly Teaching Conference Travel Fellowship supports full-time, newly appointed faculty members at Villanova University to participate in the Lilly Conference, Bethesda, focused on learning, teaching, and assessment in higher education as well as scholarly teaching. This regional teaching conference presents a distinctive professional development opportunity for junior faculty to refine their teaching skills, deepen their understanding of student learning, support their growth as teacher-scholars in the discipline, and network with faculty colleagues across East Coast institutions.

Application Process: Full-time, newly appointed, pre-tenure and continuing non-tenure track, faculty members are encouraged to apply. Please refer to the Call for Applications (docx) for details.

Required Documents:

  • Completed Call for Applications, including Statement of Purpose
  • Letter of Support (by Chairperson in Department) – speaks to the significance of the faculty member’s teaching conference participation in relation to his/her instructional responsibilities and contributions.
  • Post-Conference Reflective Essay – (one page) describes professional instructional gains from teaching conference participation and intended application of knowledge gained to course development and instruction.

Application deadline: April 2019

The Lilly Conference Travel Fellowship provides support for conference registration, lodging and travel. Applicants are responsible for additional expenses, such as meals not included in the conference registration fee.

The Fellowship may fund up to five awards. Applicants should submit a well crafted, comprehensive document that highlights the significance of their teaching conference participation in relation to their instructional development and future teaching goals.

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