Diane Filion Center for
Advancing Faculty Excellence

About Us

The Diane Filion Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) works with pillar leaders and faculty fellows to develop comprehensive resources and support under the four pillars — teaching and learning, research and creativity, service and engagement and faculty life and leadership.


Meet Our Team

Alexis Petri

Email: petria@umkc.edu
Phone Number: 816-235-5872

Alexis Petri, EdD, is the Director of the Diane Filion Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence. In her role, Dr. Petri collaborates with the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs to orchestrate a broad array of faculty development initiatives. Her responsibilities include facilitating, designing, coordinating, promoting, implementing, evaluating, and documenting the outcomes of UMKC’s faculty support programs.

Central to her role, Dr. Petri ensures that the Center’s activities align with the ongoing needs of UMKC faculty while advancing the university’s mission. This includes delivering evidence-based professional learning and resources that enhance teaching effectiveness, research and creative success, career development, and impactful service, engagement, and leadership.

With over two decades of experience in faculty support and professional learning, Dr. Petri has been a pivotal member of the CAFE leadership team for the last three years. She initially joined as a pillar lead at CAFE's inception in the summer of 2021 and more recently took on the additional role of Director of the Office of Research Development. Additionally, Dr. Petri holds an appointment as Associate Research Professor in the Division of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Foundations at the School of Education.


Lorie Holt

Pillar Lead, Faculty Life and Leadership and Associate Professor (Division of Dental Hygiene), School of Dentistry
Email: holtla@umkc.edu

CAFÉ lead for faculty life and leadership serves to develop and coordinate programming and resources for faculty at all stages of their academic career. Faculty development opportunities include a year long New Faculty Development Series, an early career Art of Teaching faculty learning community, as well as microcredentialing opportunities focused on Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning.

Jaime Braden

Jaime Braden, CAFE Program Coordinator, is responsible for overseeing a wide range of meetings, events, and activities sponsored by CAFE and the Faculty Commons. This role includes managing communications with faculty and stakeholders across campus, as well as coordinating the scheduling and logistics for faculty events. Looking ahead, the CAFE coordinator will also play a key role in developing the website, producing the Faculty Affairs Newsletter, and continuing to create dynamic marketing projects and initiatives tailored to specific events.

Faculty Affairs Newsletter (FAN) Archive, volumes 1 and 2

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