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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 and ​a Human Resources Senior Certified Professional. As 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). Her ongoing scholarly work in faculty development and instructional design includes “Significant, Backwards, and Systematic: An Integrated Approach to Course Design​.“ Her ongoing musical scholarship includes editing the research methods and case studies volume Researching Secular Music and Dance in the Early United States: Extending the Legacy of Kate Van Winkle Keller (Routledge)

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. 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

  • Julie Funderburk, English​

  • Jason Garvey, Instructional Designer, Hayworth Center for Online Learning

  • ​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-SCP, PMP

Director, Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence

Professor of Music

(704) 337-2547