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Teaching and Learning Strategies (TLS) Program at Villanova, May 19

This end-of-the-academic-year collegial forum affords us the opportunity to reflect on our teaching practices and experiences during the pandemic, share what we have learned and what we might carry forward. The program will be offered virtually via Zoom.

This year's virtual program will feature three timely topics: (1) equitable and inclusive teaching; (2) contemplative pedagogy; and (3) collegial reflection/discussion of pandemic/post-pandemic teaching. 

I found the entire day uplifting. The enthusiasm among the faculty was contagious and renewed my interest in being the best teacher possible.

Sessions raised my awareness of gender issues and micro aggressions and it made me more conscious of the need to create an inclusive learning environment.

I appreciate the opportunity to discuss what I’ve learned with enthusiastic, motivated, intellectually curious, and caring colleagues.

I learned more ways to engage students, have them “do more of the work,” and what it means to be a teacher at Villanova. I feel very motivated and encouraged in my role as a teacher.

The keynote introduced some interesting perspectives about what motivates students to do the work of learning. I plan to communicate more clearly to my students the importance of the material in my classes.

Different approaches to building community in class as well as mechanisms for online sharing of course material.

I will try to use Kahoot as a classroom polling technology. I got a lot of good ideas regarding active learning strategies for helping students to feel more comfortable and engaged.

I learned some more details about flipped classes pertaining to technical content with details on getting students to watch the videos ahead of class, grading, and best enhancing the video without repeating it.

A colleague gave me an idea for a midterm survey related to participation that I plan to use - have the students evaluate their participation, and explain reasons for their level of participation.

It's great to gather as an interdisciplinary group all focused on teaching at Villanova. The insights shared in networking and the content from the sessions were excellent.

2021 Agenda 

Link to registration by Mon., 5/17 at the latest

9:30 - 11:00a.m.

Act for Equity: CRLT Players, University of Michigan
(co-sponsored with ODEI)
Act for Equity is a student performance-based experience along with expertly facilitated discussions. The learning centers on a series of short plays on video that reveal the challenges and systemic inequities people with different social identities encounter in higher education. The experiential program is designed to help us reflect on our ability to teach equitably and inclusively. 
Facilitators: Sara Armstrong, Director and Christine Simonian Bean, Assistant Director, CRLT Theatre Program

Session limited to 150 participants

Link to Zoom Meeting

11:10 - 11:50a.m.

Faculty Discussions - “Pandemic Teaching: What Have We Learned? What Will We Carry Forward?”
Small group discussions facilitated by Villanova faculty


  • Rishtee Batra, Marketing and Business Law
  • Heather Cluley, Grad HRD
  • Joseph Comber, Biology
  • Alexander Diaz-Lopez, Math & Statistics
  • Eliza Gettel, History        
  • Matthew Manion, Church Management 
  • Betsy Pantesco, Psychological and Brain Sciences 
  • Michael Tait, Math & Statistics  
  • Gina Talley, History/OUS      
  • Janessa Wehr, Chemistry             
  • Guy Weissinger, Nursing

Link to Zoom Meeting

12:30 - 1:45p.m.

Pause to Notice: The Role of Contemplation in Critical and Creative Endeavors  (recording         
Karolyn Kinane, PhD, Professor of English, Associate Director of Pedagogy and Faculty Engagement
Contemplative Sciences Center, University of Virginia
“Contemplation” can be considered, quite simply, as any act that creates a pause between a stimulus and reaction, and thus enhances self-awareness and sense of agency. Purposeful integration of contemplative practice in our courses impacts students’ wellbeing. 

Dr. Kinane will suggest how “contemplative pauses” can bring focus to students’ attention and enhance students’ engagement with course material and with one another in various contexts and disciplines. Participants will experience activities that build students’ capacities for self-awareness, presence, and connection to others. Participants will be encouraged to reflect upon their own course activities/assignments with special attention to how students are being, not just what they are producing or creating.
Dr. Kinane has been practicing, publishing on, and teaching contemplative pedagogy since 2013. Prior to joining UVA in 2018, Dr. Kinane had been Professor and Chair of English, founding co-director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Director, Medieval and Renaissance Forum, and founder/coordinator of the Contemplative Communities Project at Plymouth State University, NH. She enjoys hiking and dancing. 

Link to Zoom Meeting

2:30 - 3:30p.m

Ice-Cream Social (socially distanced with masks)
with Department of Public Safety Mobile Treat Unit (Ice-Cream Truck)

Front of Dougherty Hall (facing the Riley Ellipse)    

Past TLS Programs