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​​​​​ The Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence is committed to all aspects of faculty success, at all career stages. As a comprehensive faculty development center, CAFÉ provides Queens' faculty with expert consultation and programming that spans the breadth of faculty work and career development issues. CAFÉ offers a variety of professional development programs, training, and activities to help faculty explore and exploit opportunities and resources to enhance teaching and learning, research, and other aspects of academic life. CAFÉ partners with campus colleagues to support major initiatives including Queens' student success-oriented Title III Grant and general education curriculum.
Key areas of programming and resources include:

  • ​Fundamentals of effective teaching
  • Active learning 
  • Course design
  • Instructional technology
  • Research and writing
  • Mentoring
  • Peer observation of instruction
  • Goal setting

CAFÉ offers and organizes this support in a wide range of formats to serve both full-time and adjunct faculty at Queens. Our support includes:
  • ​Consultations
  • Collegial conversations
  • Workshops
  • Faculty presentations
  • Faculty work groups or learning communities
  • Facilitation of department or team projects
  • Online resources for self-study
  • Orientation and onboarding to new roles​​​​​​

If you are interested in a topic that is not currently included in our online resources or programming schedule, please contact CAFÉ to request a service .


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. A musicologist and ethnomusicologist, she has authored two books: Umm Kulthum: Artistic Agency and the Shaping of an Arab Legend, 1967-2007​ (Wesleyan University Press) and Hail Columbia! American Music and Politics in the Early Nation​ (​Oxford University Press). 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 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. The committee includes 4 faculty members chosen from the faculty at large, an instructional design representative, a member of the library staff, and the center's director:
  • Brad Brooks, Business
  • Andrea Costner, Nursing
  • Jason Garvey, Instructional Designer, Hayworth Center for Online Learning
  • Aaron Houck, Political Science
  • Nancy Johnson, Psychology, Committee Co-Chair
  • Laura Lohman, Director, CAFÉ, and Associate Professor of Music, Committee Co-Chair
  • Sherrill Shiraz, Research & Outreach Librarian, Everett Library


Laura Lohman, PhD, SHRM-CP, PMP

Director, Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence

Professor of Music

(704) 337-2547