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Lilly Online Conference Fellowship

Call for Applications for Lilly-Online Conference Fellowship


The Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning (VITAL) is pleased to announce fellowship opportunities for full-time faculty to participate in the Lilly Online Teaching Conference, 11/30-12/4.  The national teaching conference focuses on Enhancing Online, On-Site, and Hybrid Teaching and Learning as well as scholarly teaching. The conference presents a distinctive professional development opportunity for faculty to refine their teaching skills, deepen their understanding of student learning, support their growth as teacher-scholars in the discipline, and network with colleagues across institutions. Synchronous plenary sessions and roundtable discussions have been scheduled Mon, 11/30 - Fri, 12/4. These are complemented by asynchronous programs.

Application: All full-time faculty are invited to apply; particularly, newly appointed, pre-tenure and continuing non-tenure track faculty members are encouraged to apply. Please click on this link to complete the short application. The application deadline is Mon, 11/16.  Please share with your colleagues.

Link to plenary speakers

Note. The fellowship supports conference registration and, given the virtual format, may fund up to fifty awards. 

For questions, contact Gabriele Bauer via email or at ext. 9-5628.

Click here for Past Lilly Teaching Conference Travel Fellows (PDF).

Please find below reflections from past Lilly Teaching Conference Travel Fellows.


Dr. Vikram Kamat, Mathematics and Statistics
“As a mathematician and a math teacher, the Lilly Teaching conference was a revelation, unlike any other conference I’ve attended thus far in my academic career. It was intellectually stimulating to learn about pedagogical philosophies and methodologies from educators working in different disciplines and to get a chance to interact with them on possible ways of working with some of those tools in math courses across the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. I came back from the conference not only with a lot of ideas for my own courses that I’m very eager to try out in the upcoming semesters but also an overall better perspective on my responsibilities as a teacher and a scholar.”


Dr. Esther Laury, M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
"Attending the Lilly Teaching Conference was a wonderful way to end my first year as an assistant professor.  This is the first teaching conference that I have ever attended.  Teaching conferences are different from research conferences, but, like research conferences, the teaching conference energized me to broaden my cognitive horizons. During the conference, I met several new colleagues who gave me great ideas regarding how to organize my classroom, how to hold students accountable for attendance, how to engage students in group work, as well as how to use computer software and apps to increase interactive engagement.  An added bonus to meeting new people was learning new teaching techniques through anecdotes disseminated through casual conversations."


Dr. Thomas Umile, Chemistry
“Attending the Lilly Conference provided me an opportunity to hear about innovative teaching practices being used by colleagues at other institutions. I especially enjoyed learning about small, evidence-based activities that I can easily implement into my current courses to better engage students, generate interest, and improve student learning. A strength of the Lilly Conference is its multidisciplinary nature, which exposes attendees to effective teaching techniques that might be common in one field but could be easily adapted to or adopted by another.”


Ji Lang, Doctoral Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, 
"This is my first time to attend the Lilly conference, which opens a new world to me. It is amazing to learn so many interesting and effective teaching methods. I am looking forward to applying what I have learnt into classes in the future!"


Shan Tong, Doctoral Candidate, Civil & Environmental Engineering
"The humble and welcome environment at the conference was unique and reminds every attendant of the fundamental principles of teaching and education. I’ve gained a lot of new ideas as well as teaching techniques from instructors and faculties across all different disciplines, including Linguistics, Art, Nursing, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry and many more. This Lilly-Conference at Bethesda opened my eyes with various new teaching techniques, while also echoed the enthusiastic heart of education, learning and curiosity."


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