Graduate Faculty

Appointment to the Graduate Faculty is recognition of outstanding achievement and not an honor bestowed simply because of position or service. Formal appointment to the Graduate Faculty is made by the President at the request of the Graduate Council.

Membership on the Graduate Faculty is determined by the Graduate Council on the basis of an individual’s duties and qualifications after recommendation of the appropriate coordinator of graduate studies and academic dean. Standards of the College Delegate Assembly of  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges require that Graduate Faculty members be productive, creative scholars. Productive scholarship requires devotion to the discovery, development, and refinement of knowledge and techniques in one’s field of expertise. Recommendations for appointment further are restricted to persons who are, or will be, actively providing graduate academic services and/or graduate instruction for the University.

Graduate Faculty Members Listed by College

College of Science & Technology

Regular Membership

Theodore Alivio

Scott Beslin

Christopher Bonvillain

Ramaraj B. Boopathy

Timothy Clay

Solomon David

Yusheng Dou

John P. Doucet

Allyse M. Ferrara

Quenton Fontenot

Matthew R. Gamel

Xiaoxu Jiang

Gary J. LaFleur 

Glenn V. Lo

Matthew Marlow

Giovanna McClenachan

Rajkumar Nathaniel

DesLey Plaisance

Himanshu Shekhar Raje

Brigett Scott

Sara Shields-Menard

Darcey Wayment

Justine Whitaker

Jonathan Willis

Cong-Cong Xing

Chadwick H. Young

Kaisa Young

Enmin Zou

Senior Associate

Sherry Foret

Heather C. Gamel

Associate Membership

Allison Bergeron

Ashley Gary

Brian Kenneth Heck

Ramachandran, Balaji

Robichaux, Susan

West, Ianna H.

Professional Affiliate Membership

Marshall Wayne Bowles

William Budnick

Richard Johnson

Bryan Piazza

Guillaume Rieucau

College of Liberal Arts

Regular Membership

Scott Banville

Todd Kennedy

Erick Piller

Bryant Smith

Shana Walton

Robin White

Paul Wilson

Associate

Edith Ellen Barker

Michele D. Theriot

College of Business Administration

Regular Membership

Kevin Breaux

Luke Cashen

Ann-Marie Castille

Christopher Castille

Ken Chadwick

Xiaoyan Chu

Laura Coogan

Ronnie Fanguy

Krisandra Guidry

John Lajaunie

Shari Lawrence

Xun Li

Martin Meder

Stephanie Merrell

Associate Membership

Marilyn Macik-Frey

Ray Peters

Laura Valenti

College of Education & Behavioral Sciences

Regular Membership

Jessica Fanguy Cortez

Dennis Guillot

Anthony Kunkel

Rodney D. Soignier

Alyson Theriot

Chantrelle Varnado-Johnson

Cynthia B. Vavasseur

Ke Wang

Senior Associate

Aimee Hollander

Associate

Elizabeth Benchea Block

Mary Breaud

Carmen D. Broussard

Laura Darcy

Sara Dempster

Eugene A. Dial Jr.

Grant Gautreaux

Angelle Hebert

Amanda Johns

Mary L. Junot

Brian Knight

Tiffany Galliano Papa

Leah Peterson

Kenneth Chris Rachal

Derek Shanman

Betsy Kiff St. Pierre

Stephen S. Triche

Adjunct Membership

Nicole Bourgeois

Kelli Henson

Dolleen-Day Keohane

Corrie DeLorge Minges

Sarah Knight Roussel

Jennifer Weber

College of Nursing

Regular Membership

Angelique Allemand

Angele Davis

Raquel Engolio

Bridget Price

Senior Associate

Travis Lewis

Charlene Smith

Associate

Callie Baskett

Melissa Clay

Meryn Olivier

Helena Richard

M’Lea Talbot

Adjunct

Celina Hargenrader

Michael Landry

Malana Sutherland

Angelique Torres

MEMBERSHIP DESCRIPTIONS

Regular Membership

A Regular Member of the Graduate Faculty is appointed for five years and is authorized to perform functions appropriate to graduate education including teaching graduate courses within their area of expertise and serving as major professor for graduate students.  Minimum qualifications for appointment are the highest terminal earned degree or the clear equivalent in the field, the rank of Assistant Professor or higher, avowed interest in graduate instruction, experience in teaching advanced subjects, and a minimum of two peer-reviewed research publications within the five years prior to appointment along with evidence of continued scholarly activity during that time period.  Faculty who have earned their terminal degree within two years of application for membership may apply for regular membership. Regular Members are evaluated for reappointment every five years.

Senior Associate Membership

A Senior Associate Member is appointed for three years to teach specifically designated courses, the content of which lies within the area of specialization of the faculty member.  Minimum qualifications for appointment are completion of a terminal degree, the rank of Assistant Professor or higher, possession of unique qualifications for teaching specialized courses, avowed interest in graduate instruction, and evidence of scholarly activity within the three years prior to appointment.  A Senior Associate Member is not authorized to serve as major professor for graduate students.  Senior Associate Members whose services are required for longer than three years must be re-submitted for approval and should be exploring appropriate scholarly activity for appointment to Regular Member.

Associate Membership

An Associate Member is appointed for two years to teach specifically designated courses, the content of which lies within the area of specialization of the faculty member.  Minimum qualifications for appointment are completion of a master’s degree and possession of unique qualifications for teaching the specialized courses to which the individual would be assigned.  An Associate Member is not authorized to serve as major professor for graduate students.  Associate Members whose services are required for longer than two years must be re-submitted for approval.

Professional Affiliate Membership

A Professional Affiliate (PA) is appointed for two years based on evidence of expertise or knowledge directly relevant and applicable to the professional program in which the individual will be involved.  PAs may engage in instructional activities at the master’s level and may serve as a member of thesis committees but may not normally chair except by permission of the Director of University Graduate Studies.  Expertise is defined in terms of recent activities recognized by the focal area as indicative of excellence. Appropriate indicators may include: terminal degrees in focal or relevant areas; professional certification; licensure, diplomas, or record of professional practice; and demonstrated professional excellence through performances, exhibitions, presentations, professional publications, or national awards.  Individuals whose professional activities are a function of their Nicholls employment are ineligible for professional affiliate status.  Professional Affiliate Members whose services are required for longer than two years must be re-submitted for approval.

Adjunct Membership

An Adjunct Member of the graduate faculty is a visiting member of the faculty who meets all criteria for appointment either as a Regular Member, Senior Associate Member, or as an Associate Member, but who is not a permanent employee of the University.  Appointment as an Adjunct Member is for two years to teach specifically designated courses, the content of which lies within the area of specialization of the faculty member. Adjunct Members whose services are required for longer than two years must be re-submitted for approval.