News, Events, Annual Report


Join us at the 2018 TLS Program at Villanova: May 16, Bartley Hall

Link to program  agenda

At this end-of-the-academic-year collegial forum, faculty will demonstrate and discuss a range of instructional strategies for engaged student learning. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Terry Doyle, author, educational consultant, Professor Emeritus at Ferris State University, will engage us in a timely discussion on learning-centered instruction. The program will include 50-minute practice-based concurrent sessions and small-group roundtable discussions. The event will conclude with a reception plus academic resources and posters. Join your colleagues, share your stories, and celebrate the end of the academic year. 


Faculty Sponsorship for Blended Learning Conference, Bryn Mawr College, 5/23-24, 2018

VITAL will be supporting the following three faculty colleagues to attend this regional conference: Jill Flanagan, Communication; Noel Dolan, Augustine and Culture Seminar, and Sally Scholz, Philosophy.

Link to conference site

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Congratulations: 2018 Lilly Teaching Conference Travel Fellows 

Two members of our teaching community were awarded travel fellowships to participate in the Lilly Teaching Conference, May 31-June 3. The Villanova team consists of: Alexander Diaz-Lopez, Mathematics & Statistics, and Raisa Velthuis, Economics.  

Link to Travel Fellowship Details

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Building a Tougher Student: Applying the Research on Intellectual Development (Webinar)

M. Bridges, Duquesne University and M. Norman, University of Pittsburgh, March 2018

This webinar distinguishes the characteristics of growth vs. fixed mindset and identifies four key stages of intellectual development. It applies the research on intellectual development to teaching and aims to help faculty promote foster a growth mindset and facilitate stronger thinking skills in their students.

Link to webinar and resources; please enter the password: tougher81
Accessible until 1/29/19.

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Dr. Valentina DeNardis Serves as VITAL Faculty Associate this Spring  

Dr. DeNardis, Director, Classical Studies Program, will present workshops on Office 365 Tools. Learn about how you can use these tools to enhance teaching, student advising, and program administration. Dr. DeNardis is available to visit department meetings or meet individually with faculty or staff. A Microsoft Surface Tablet is available for faculty/staff to borrow to try our digital inking.
Further program information

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Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Romaine on the Publication of her New Book, Write Arabic Now!

Dr. Romaine, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, began to develop her book based on a VITAL minigrant award in 2015-2016. Dr. Romaine produced a set of original materials in the form of a tracing workbook, with accompanying audio component, that enabled beginning students of Arabic to learn more easily how to write Arabic script. The workbook was piloted in Basic Arabic I, and refined in subsequent courses. 

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Faculty Sponsorship for Conference on Teaching Excellence, Temple University, 1/10/2018

VITAL supported the following team of ten faculty colleagues to attend the regional conference: Ben Baker and Sarah Faggioli, Romance Languages & Literatures; Meredith Bergey, Sociology & Criminology; Patrick Kirby, Mechanical Engineering; Ian Maley, Philosophy; Helene Moriarty, Jennifer Ross, and Anne Schneider, College of Nursing; Elizabeth Pantesco, Psychology; and Rebecca Rivard, Biology. The sponsored faculty will share with the Villanova teaching community a conference take-away as part of the TLS program in May 2018.
Link to conference site
Link to past sponsored faculty

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Affordable Materials Project (AMP)  

Due to the high and rising costs of course materials, students face academic consequences and financial challenges. Part of the mission of Villanova’s Affordable Materials Project (AMP) is to provide faculty with resources and options for selecting high quality course materials while reducing the cost for students. Learn how you can help students by visiting the faculty page of the AMP website and view the AMP video, presenting student and faculty experiences.

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Faculty Video Provides Advice for Teaching Online  

In the video entitled, "Friendly Advice for Teaching Online," Villanova faculty share concrete experiences and recommendations for teaching online. Come and check it out!
The video was produced by VITAL and UNIT-CIT.

Teaching and Learning Strategies at Villanova
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - Bartley Hall
Link to program agenda (PDF)
Link to program details and keynote speaker, Dr. Terry Doyle, author, educational consultant, professor emeritus, Ferris State University

Monday Morning Mentor: How Can I Write Better Letters of Recommendation?
Mon, May 7 - Sun, May 13
Link to program description
to program and handouts
: Password to view the program: letters3871


Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference
May 23 - 24, 2018
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA
Link to details

Lilly Conference - Designing Effective Teaching

May 31 - June 3, 2018
Bethesda, MD
Link to conference details

Drexel University Conference on Teaching and Learning Assessment
September 12, 13 and 14, 2018
Philadelphia, PA
Link to details
Link to Call for Proposals

Annual Report 2013-2014

This Annual Report details the services that VITAL provided to the Villanova academic community to support quality pedagogical and learning environments during the programming year of August 2013 – July 2014. The core goal of all VITAL services is to facilitate dialogue and interaction among faculty who share common curricular and/or pedagogical interests.

VITAL continues to utilize various means to ensure that services are aligned with Villanova’s mission, academic priorities, interests and needs of the academic community: e.g., University and Colleges’ strategic plans, formal feedback data, and conversations with the faculty advisory board. We welcome your suggestions and program ideas; please stop by the VITAL office at 106 Vasey Hall or send e-mail to:

* vitalannualreport0614.pdf
Annual Report 2013-2014