Nicholls Professor Named 2020 Outstanding Educator

THIBODAUX, La. — The Association for Business Communication–Southwest U.S. named Nicholls State University Professor Laura Valenti its 2020 Outstanding Educator. 

The assistant professor of marketing joined the College of Business Administration faculty in 2010. 

“When I read the congratulatory email from the association president, I teared up,” Valenti said. “I genuinely care about the impact I make on my students and their careers. I am honored to be recognized by an association that I hold in such high regard.” 

Valenti served on the association’s board from 2013-2019, including serving as president and past-president. She received the association’s best paper award in 2012. 

Besides her teaching role, Valenti advises the college’s competitive sales and social media teams. She led the social media team to a top-three finish and Most Creative Award at a 2018 competition at Ball State University. 

In 2019, the Association of College Marketing Educators named Valenti a finalist in their teaching innovation competition. She also organizes the Bayou Sales Challenge, which brings teams from all over the Southeast to the Nicholls campus every spring. 

The nonprofit Federation of Business Disciplines is dedicated to the advancement of business education and research. Founded in 1973, the organization includes 10 associations and over 1,000 professors. Their annual spring meeting draws attendees from business schools worldwide. 

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