Vitalia joined the School of Dentistry in September 2012 to provide supervision to Master-level students and contribute to teaching on the Research Methods (Dent) unit. Her PhD and Master degree are in the field of Social Sciences and she has more than 15 years teaching experience in an academic environment lecturing, running seminars and group workshops.
Each year Vitalia supervises 10+ research projects/ dissertations on the MSc programme in Restorative & Aesthetic Dentistry. Following the launch of a “Sustainable development strategy for the NHS, public health and social care system 2014-2020”, which underlines that approaches to oral health, care and wellbeing need to be increasingly environmentally sustainable, Vitalia encourages her MSc student to research innovative and inexpensive eco-friendly dental material.
From September 2017 Vitalia is the Unit Lead for the Research Methods in Medicine (RM Med) within the Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health (FBMH) and since then is actively involved in curriculum development of this unit. Vitalia incorporated innovation into teaching on the RM Med unit, which has been evaluated and found to be positive and successful, incl. development and implementation of new summative assessments involving innovative content. On the DENT RM unit she continues assisting in setting summative assessments and marking of these assessments. Vitalia has a sound knowledge of research methodology and provides high quality teaching in relation to Research Methodology.
Vitalia has continuously contributed to up-dating of the design and content of Blackboard Learn for the online postgraduate MSc in Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry to make them user-friendly, consequently leading to improvements in both the delivery and student-teacher interaction. Recently Vitalia has redesigned the resources available on Blackboard for the RM Med unit.