Nicholls Presents 10 Academic Awards During University Convocation

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University presented 10 academic awards to its faculty and staff during the fall 2022 University Convocation on Wednesday, Aug. 10. The event featured opening remarks by Nicholls State University President, Dr. Jay Clune.
Below is a list of awards and recipients from the event:

  • Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence – Eugene Gouaux, Associate Professor of Business Law
  • Wayne Patten #1 Endowed Professorship in Business – Dr. Adrien Maught, Instructor of Marketing
  • Buquet Dyslexia Endowed Professorship in Education – Jason Talbot, Director/Coordinator of Assessments & Research
  • Maxine Giardina Endowed Professorship in Education – Carole Boos, Assessment Coordinator 
  • John Brady Jr. Endowed Professorship in Liberal Arts – Dr. Andrew Simoncelli, Director of Distance Education, Associate Professor of Journalism
  • Belle & Leonard Toups – Writing Endowed Professorship in Liberal Arts – Dr. Katherine Connor, Associate Professor of English 
  • Belle & Leonard Toups – Literary Studies Endowed Professorship in Liberal Arts – Dr. Michael Martin, Associate Professor of English
  • Belle & Leonard Toups – Language Studies Endowed Professorship in Liberal Arts – Dr. Robin White, Associate Professor of English and French
  • Belle & Leonard Toups – Cultural Studies Endowed Professorship in Liberal Arts – Dr. Shana Walton, Professor of English 
  • Academic Affairs Award for Teaching Excellence 
    • Terry Evans, Instructor of Business Administration and CIS, College of Business Administration
    • Dr. Alyson Theriot, Associate Professor and Department Head of Teacher Education, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
    • Jared Wells, Instructor of History, College of Liberal Arts
    • Dianne Richoux, Assistant Professor of Nursing, College of Nursing
    • Dr. Chad Young, Professor of Physical Sciences, College of Sciences and Technology

Professorships, which are awarded through generous private donations, help Nicholls retain high-quality faculty by providing supplemental funds for teaching, research or other professional endeavors. To learn more about fall 2022 campus events, visit  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 23, 2022

MEDIA CONTACT: Jerad David, Director of Communications, 985.448.4303 or

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