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Laura LohmanDr. Laura Lohman serves as Director of the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence and is Professor of Music at Queens University of Charlotte. She is an experienced faculty member and faculty developer, as well as a certified Project Management Professional, Human Resources Senior Certified Professional, Certified Affirmative Action Professional, and Quality Matters Master Reviewer. As a musicologist and ethnomusicologist, she has authored Umm Kulthum: Artistic Agency and the Shaping of an Arab Legend, 1967-2007​ (Wesleyan University Press, 2010) and Hail Columbia! American Music and Politics in the Early Nation (​O​xford University Press, 2020) and edited Researching Secular Music and Dance in the Early United States: Extending the Legacy of Kate VanWinkle Keller​ (Routledge, 2021). Her articles on music have appeared or are forthcoming in Popular Music and SocietyMUSICulturesJournal of the Society for American Music, and several edited collections​. 

Lohman's published scholarship in faculty development, faculty affairs, and instructional design has appeared in Educational Technology Research and Development, TechTrends, Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, Studies in Educational Evaluation, Currents in Teaching and Learning, and the Journal of Literacy and Technology. Her publications include “Significant, Backwards, and Systematic: An Integrated Approach to Course Design​;“ “The LEAPS Framework for Selecting Digital Technologies in Online, Hybrid, and Face-to-Face Course Design​,” “Using Soft Systems Thinking to Craft Instructional Design and Technology Interventions,” ​​​“Strategic Hiring: Using Job Analysis to Effectively Select Online Faculty,” "Evaluation of University Teaching as Sound Performance Appraisal​, "Leveraging Sociomaterial Practices to Build eLearning Literacy in 'Suddenly Online' Professional Development," and “Build, Buy, or Rent? A Systems View of Faculty Design Work in the Digital Learning Era.”  ​

Prior to joining Queens in July 2018, she was a faculty member at DePauw University and California State University Fullerton, where she directed its Faculty Development Center. She also served as Assistant Director in the Office of Faculty Affairs at Georgia State University. Her approach to faculty development is responsive to both individual faculty needs and strategic university and unit goals. She draws on an unusually broad base of experience and knowledge spanning faculty development, faculty affairs, human resources, instructional design, and project management. Her approach to faculty development is shaped by systems thinking and performance improvement principles as well as extensive experience in shared governance. Her scholarship and faculty development work have been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Musicological Society, the National Education Association, and Bringing Theory to Practice.


​Steering Committee

The Steering Committee for the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence is a team of creative and engaged members of the academic community who assist the director in the center's operation:

  • Greg Berka

  • Julie Funderburk

  • Saundra Penn

  • Jennifer Samson

  • Justin S​mith

  • Megan Koransky​

  • Laura Lohman 

  • Sherrill Shiraz


Laura Lohman, PhD, SHRM-SCP, CAAP, PMP

Director, Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence

Professor of Music

(704) 337-2547