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CAFE Leadership

The Center is run by a Director for the Center for Advancement of Faculty Excellence, who serves a three-year, eleven month term in the role. The Director works alongside an advisory board to oversee the Center's mission, guiding principles, and activities. The CAFE Director reports to the the Senior Vice Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.


Melissa Kates Ι Director of the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence
Melissa Kates has been with Austin Peay State University since 2003 and currently serves as Associate Professor of Health and Human Performance in the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences. She began her three year, eleven month appointment as Director of the CAFE on June 15, 2021.


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