News, Events, Annual Report

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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.

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

VITAL is pleased to support a team of up to eight faculty members across disciplines to attend this regional conference focused on learning-centered teaching. The event provides a great forum to enrich your teaching practices; past Villanova faculty attendees perceived the event as most informative. Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) will deliver the keynote; he leads a campus nationally recognized for its culture of embracing academic innovation to help students of all backgrounds succeed.

VITAL will pay your conference registration fee; all other expenses will be your responsibility. If you are interested in attending, please send email to Gabriele Bauer, by 11/22 at the latest.  Sponsored faculty members are asked to share with the Villanova teaching community a conference take-away, i.e., demonstrate a teaching practice that supports student learning as part of a VITAL event, e.g., Teaching and Learning Strategies program, or Food for Thought discussions during the spring semester.
Note. Faculty who were sponsored in the past two years are not eligible to apply.
Link to conference site

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Recording of 10/18 Webinar on Student Entitlement: Truth or Fiction? 

“My grade is close to the cut-off, the professor ought to bump it up.” “I studied hard, I deserve . . .” Such statements tend to point to students’ beliefs and behaviors that illustrate entitlement, a tendency to expect academic success without taking personal responsibility. Why might students feel entitled? How might faculty respond constructively?

Dr. M. Weimer, higher education scholar and author, discussed ways to address educational consumerism while maintaining standards and creating learning environments that are just and fair for all. For faculty who were not able to join the live webinar, please find the links to the recording (accessible until 11/17), PowerPoint handouts and supplementary material.

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VITAL Welcomes New Associate Director for e-Learning Pedagogy

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Andy-Guoqiang Cui as Associate Director for e-Learning Pedagogy.  Before coming to Villanova, Dr. Cui worked as instructional designer at Virginia Tech, where he consulted with faculty on the design, development, implementation, and assessment of online, blended, and technology-enhanced face-to-face courses. He also managed course development projects and offered workshops to faculty across disciplines. Dr. Cui received his Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Technology from Virginia Tech. His research focuses on effective online learning; specifically, developing online community of inquiry, online engagement, online students' learning experiences.

Please come by or contact Andy via e-mail with projects, suggestions, and/or questions pertaining to teaching with technology, hybrid, or online course design. Learn about Andy's background and role.

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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.

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Congratulations: 2017 Lilly Teaching Conference Travel Fellows

Seven members of our teaching community were awarded travel fellowships to participate in the Lilly Teaching Conference, June 1-4. The Villanova team consisted of: Ben Baker, Romance Languages & Literatures; Laura Getz, Psychology; Emily Minbiole, Chemistry; Kabindra Shakya, Geography & the Environment; Albert Shin, Ethics; Qiuyun Wang and Guanglei Chen, doctoral students, Mechanical Engineering.
Travel Fellowship Details


Congratulations: 2017 VITAL Minigrant Awardees

We are honored to announce the 2017 Minigrant awardees: Paul Bernhardt, Mathematics & Statistics; Metin Duran & Wenqing. Xu, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Stacey Havlik, Education & Counseling; Bonnie Henderson, Geography & the Environment; Zuyi Huang, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Mary Kelly, Economics; Emily Minbiole & Scott Kassel, Chemistry; Eric Musselman, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Tracy Oliver & BingBing Qi, College of Nursing; Cristina Percoco & Kristen Turpin, Romance Languages & Literatures; Stephen Strader, Geography & the Environment.
We congratulate the minigrant recipients and wish them the best as they implement their teaching projects. 

Grant Program Details and Instructional Grant Projects

Monday Morning Mentor 
How Do I Stay Calm When Students Push My Buttons?
Accessible 24/7 from Mon, November 20  to Sun, November 26.
Click here to view presentation, handouts, and to complete "certificate"
NOTE: Enter this password to view the program: buttons33

New Faculty Program, Part 2
Thu., January 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

New Adjunct Faculty Orientation Program
Thu., January 11, 2018, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Spring, 2018 Food For Thought Lunch Discussions
February 14 & 15
March 20 & 21 and
April 25 & 26

Teaching Conferences

PADLA 15th Annual Conference & Expo: Call for Presenters & Exhibitors
University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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