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

Call for Applications Open Until April 20, 5:00p.m.

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 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 2016: Dr. Michael Curran, Economics, Villanova School of Business
"I gained appreciation for the nuances in how humans learned, through research on multi-sensory learning and the teaching effect, demonstrating the effectiveness of students teaching students rather than reading and reviewing in retaining information long-term. I will be using many of the tips (e.g. knowledge surveys, minute papers, pair activities, mind maps, jigsaws, assigning multiple student roles, closure, quizzes, poster carousels, short videos) during lectures, encourage group study and teaching and provide informative, corrective feedback far more often."

Lilly Fellow 2016: Dr. Rachel Smith, Theology & Religious Studies
"The Lilly Conference provided a great amount of information and affective ‘boost’ for my teaching life. I am revising syllabi to include techniques I learned at the conference, particularly practices that encourage participation in ways that do not punish the introverts or unleash the extroverts and that are tied to clear assessment."


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."


Lilly Fellow 2016: Dr. Susan Meyers, College of Nursing
"Research over the past decades shows it’s impossible for students to absorb and process all the information presented during a lecture. I learned teaching practices that engage students and motivate them to take responsibility for what or how they learn. This conference was very informative and inspiring."


Fellowship Application
Lilly Conference
, Bethesda, MD, May 31-June 2, 2018

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 due Monday, June 11 – (one page) describes professional instructional gains from teaching conference participation and intended application of knowledge gained to course development and instruction.

Application deadline: April 20, 5:00p.m.

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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