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Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence

Welcome to CAFE --your faculty development center!

Mission, Goals and Services
The Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence is committed to all aspects of faculty success, at all career stages. To this end, CAFÉ provides Queens' faculty with expert consultation and programming to support diverse teaching and learning strategies; offers training in innovative pedagogical techniques, experiential learning, and active learning strategies; supports and assists faculty in designing, developing, and deploying successful research programs including the scholarship of teaching, learning, and engagement; and fosters the development and documentation of assessable outcomes for faculty. The Center is committed to scholarly teaching and advocacy of a teacher-scholar-service model. As such, the Center is actively engaged in the development and dissemination of evidence-based and high-impact pedagogical practices, inventive and innovative applications of educational technology in the classroom and the curriculum, mentoring, peer observation of instruction, and major campus initiatives including, but not limited to, Queens' student success-oriented Title III Grant, Civic Engagement, and General Education. Throughout the year, a number of engaging workshops and events will be held to address topics that matter to you, the faculty. Our goal is to be inclusive, collaborative, dynamic, and responsive; to foster a sense of community among the faculty and to enhance excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship, and service.   

In order to accomplish these goals, we need your help. Using the links to the left (in development), please help us identify what you need to succeed, what you would like to learn more about, and how you can contribute an idea. CAFE strives for inclusion --inclusion of ideas and individuals-- so please help us become the dynamic, responsive, and high-impact Center you deserve!

Workshops and Events, Spring 2017


Printable Version of Spring Agenda: CAFE_Spring_Sch17_v5sprup.jpg

Fall 2016 Workshop and Events Flyer! CAFE_Fall16_Schedule.pdf

Faculty First Fridays Flyer! Faculty First Fridays Flyer.pdf


Announcements, Events, and Accomplishments

Welcome new colleagues!

Queens University of Charlotte is pleased to welcome eleven new full-time faculty members to our academic community this semester. To help our new colleagues begin a successful and enriching career, the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFÉ) will host its annual Welcome and Orientation for New Faculty on Monday, August 22, 2016, from 8:15 am until 5:00 pm.

The event will begin with a formal welcome from President Davies, followed by a series of engaging informational sessions led by faculty, students, and staff, and conclude with a reception for new faculty in the Faculty Club. Please consult the NFO Agenda, below, for a complete description of all events.

New Faculty Orientation Resources:

New Full Time Faculty Orientation Agenda: NFO 2016 Agenda.pdf

New Adjunct Faculty Orientation Agenda: Adjunct Orientation 2016.docx

Practical Pedagogy: resources for starting your first semester at Queens and (potentially) in higher education:

Program and Unit Resources:

Our New Colleagues:

  1. Dr. Dixie Abernathy, Assistant Professor of Education
  2. Ms. Debbie Bloom, Instructor of Accounting
  3. Mr. William Furman, Assistant Professor of Design
  4. Ms. Leigh Hartman, Instructor of Business Administration
  5. Dr. Angie Hatley, Assistant Professor of Nursing
  6. Dr. Jung Kim, Instructor of Information Systems
  7. Dr. Dana Mangum, Assistant Professor of Nursing
  8. Dr. Marco Scipioni, Assistant Professor of Physics
  9. Ms. Bonnie Shishko, Lecturer in English
  10. Dr. Aaron Socha, Visiting Associate Professor of Chemistry and Sustainability
  11. Ms. Judith Schindler-Wallach, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies


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2016 New Faculty Orientation in Action!

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Near Peer Session featuring members of the 2015-16 cohort: Reed Roig, Brandon Brooks, Sally Hyatt, Lauren DiMaio, Scott Weir, and Janet Bartholow.

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Faculty Voices Conversation featuring Professors Mowrey, Braswell, Frederick, Penn, and Wills.

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Teaching, Scholarship, and Service: A Balanced Approach to a Successful Career Session led by Greg Pillar.

Teaching, Learning, and Assessing Creativity: The Launch of a New Series


Dr. Michele Parker, UNC-Wilmington, leading a session on Creativity for Queens Faculty.

2015-16 Highlights: Coming Full Circle: A Year That Began and Ended on the Topic of Engagement


Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, Organizer of the Lilly International Conferences on Evidence Based Learning and co-author of The New Science of Learning, leading our first campus conversation on student engagement.


Professor Morrie Creech, one of several Queens faculty members participating in QueensX 2016

Dr. Clark Maddux, Appalachian State University, closing out the year with a campus conversation on Being an Engaged Campus.

2015-16 New Faculty Cohort

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Brian Smentkowski, Ph.D.                  
Director, CAFE