Nicholls CAFÉ

Center for Advancing Faculty Engagement

CAFE’ is committed to providing our faculty and staff with professional development opportunities that enhance their work both in and out of the classroom.  We present topics covering almost all areas in higher education including academic advising, best practices in the classroom, student life, assessment, general education, special student populations, retention, student success, and many more.

Have an idea for a workshop or speaker in the coming academic year? Want to propose a session of your own? Please submit your proposal for a CAFE or SAM workshop by clicking here.

Your comments and feedback are welcome, please e-mail cafe@nicholls.edu.

CAFE/SAM contact number: 985-448-4113

Spring 2020 Workshop Offerings:

Check out our offerings for the spring 2020 semester.  Workshops that count towards SAM Advisor Certification are designated with .  Workshops that cover topics related to General Education are designated with

Please check this page frequently as workshops are always being added.  Once a workshop is available for registration, we will post a link to the sign-up form.


GradesFirst Quick Start

Tuesday, January 28th at 10:30; Tuesday, February, 4th at 9:00; and Friday, and February 7th at 1:30

Amy Hebert will present a brief introduction to GradesFirst and demonstrate how to look up student information and record advising visit records.  Time will be reserved for questions and other demonstrations based on attendee requests.  This workshop is good for anyone needing a quick refresher in GradesFirst and is also suitable for a first-time user.

All workshops to be held in 209 Elkins Hall.

Click here to register for the January 28th workshop.

Click here to register for the February 4th workshop.

Click here to register for the February 7th workshop.


Ideas and Tips from the Lilly Austin Conference on Evaluation-Based Teaching and Learning
Wednesday February 5th at 2:00 pm and Thursday, February 6th at 12:00 pm, and

Faculty panel will share ideas from the conference for using best practices in your classroom.

February 5th location: Bollinger Suite, Student Union

February 6th location: Bollinger Suite, Student Union

Click here to register for the February 5th workshop.

Click here to register for the February 6th workshop.


Managing Your Time Effectively: Work-Life Balance Strategies for Junior Faculty
Wednesday, March 4th, at 1:00 pm and Tuesday, March 10th, 2:00 pm.

Dr. Shaniece Bickham of the MACO Department is a 2019 Fellow with the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication. As part of the fellowship, she attended the Association of Education in Mass Communication and Journalism’s annual conference where she learned strategies for effectively managing work and personal responsibilities. Nicholls faculty can apply these strategies to ensure that they remain on top of their work and other obligations.

March 4th location: To be announced.

March 10th location: To be announced.

Click here to register for the March 4th workshop.

Click here to register for the March 10th workshop.


Ideas and Tips from AAC&U General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment Conference
Wednesday, March 4th at 2:00 pm, and Thursday, March 5th at 1:30 pm.

Faculty panel will share what learned at the AAC&U (American Association of Colleges and Universities) conference.  Please join us if you are interested in learning about best practices in teaching and assessment.

March 4th location: To be announced.

March 5th location: To be announced.

Click here to register for the March 4th workshop.

Click here to register for the March 5th workshop.


Oral Communication Competency
Thursday, March 12th at 1:00 pm and Friday, April 24th at 1:00 pm.

This workshop is designed to help faculty who are teaching general education classes and have to assess oral communication as part of their general education competencies.  If you are a non-communication discipline faculty member and want to learn about assessing oral communication, this workshop is for you.  Ms. Barbara Blake, Mass Communication faculty member will address strategies to assess the competency of students as they make oral presentations.

March 12th location: To be announced.

April 24th location: To be announced.

Click here to register for the March 12th workshop.

Click here to register for the April 24th workshop.


Nicholls Core Curriculum – Information and Technology Literacy Competency (general education)
Tuesday, February 18th at 3:00 pm.

Discussion of the General Education Information and Technology Literacy Competency rubric with ideas for teaching tools, including Credo Instruct offered through the Library, and assessments.

Workshop location: 110 Powell Hall.

Click here to register for the February 18th workshop.


How to advise students who can’t be or don’t want to be in your major anymore.  Date and time to be announced. 

Do you find it difficult to advise a student who is no longer eligible for progression in your major?  Do you know how to advise a student who tells you that they no longer want to be in your major?  Before you let a student leave your office with this difficult decision, take some time to help guide them in a direction that is best for them.  Join our panel of faculty and advisors as we discuss ways to help students through this difficult process.  We will all share our experiences and best advice for fellow faculty and advisors.


Nuts and Bolts: The essential elements of informational advising.  Date and time to be announced.

This workshop will focus on some essential information all advisors need to know to help students with the following topics: course substitutions, course waivers, evaluating transfer credit, CLEP credit, and advanced placement (AP) credit.  There will be time for questions and discussions and a demonstration of Banner screens to use in registration advising.