Graduate Faculty

Dr. Joe Burns
B.A., Westminster College;
M.A., Shippensburg University;
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University;
Office: DVIC Room 227 
SLU Box 10451, Hammond, LA 70402
Phone: (985) 549-3694
Web page:


Dr. Joe Burns is a full professor and worked as a DJ and radio programmer for 11 years before earning his doctorate and entering academic life. He is also the Graduate Coordinator of our Masters of Arts program in Organizational Communication as well as a computer programmer and web designer who has written four books on web design. Dr. Burns joined the Southeastern faculty in 1999 and was promoted to full professor with tenure in 2010. Dr. Burns is active in campus politics serving as Faculty Senate president from 2009 through 2011.


He will serve as President Ameritis on the Senate Executive Committee for two years, 2011 through 2013, following his term. Dr. Burns also hosts a weekly nationally syndicated radio show, Rock School, which has, to date; won four International Communicator awards over more than 260 shows.



Dr. Carol Madere

B.A., M.A., Louisiana State University
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
Office: DVIC Room 260
P.O. Box 10451, Hammond, LA 70402
Phone: (985) 549-5681


Carol M. Madere, Ph.D. is a native of Louisiana. She earned a bachelor's degree from LSU in broadcast journalism, a master's degree from LSU in public relations and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi in communication. She is an associate professor who worked as both a print and broadcast reporter, a public relations practitioner and a technical writer. Dr. Madere joined the faculty at Southeastern in 2000.


She teaches public speaking, public relations and organizational communication courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She researches generational communication within organizations, and is the co-author of a book entitled From Boredroom to Boardroom: How to Communicate with the Millennial Generation to Enhance Organizational Effectiveness. Dr. Madere is also the coordinator for internships in the field of communication.



Dr. Claudia McCalman
B.A., Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
M.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Office: DVIC room 254 
P.O. Box 10451, Hammond, LA 70402
Phone: (985) 549-2899 


Dr. McCalman received a B.A. from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; a M.A. degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; and a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. She is an associate professor.


At Southeastern she has taught Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Interviewing Techniques, Nonverbal Communication, Gender Communication, and Health Communication. At the graduate level she teaches Advanced Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, and Organizational Culture and Diversity.


She has extensive teaching and managerial experience both in Brazil and in the U.S. In the United States she has taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Portuguese language), at the University of Texas in Edinburg, at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne, and currently at Southeastern.


She has managerial experience both in profit and non-profit organizations. In Brazil she worked for the Ministry of Education, dealing with different programs for reducing illiteracy in non-metropolitan areas then, moved to the profit sector as a manager of a civil engineering company.


Her research experience includes conflict resolution and mediation among nations, more specifically she worked as a research assistant in the Conflict Resolution program at the Presidential Carter Center in Atlanta.


Her research interests have been focused on intercultural communication (Mexico, Brazil, and the U.S.), minority health communication, including AIDS prevention and adherence to prescribed medication, gender issues, internationalization of American classrooms, the external environment of organizations, and more recently, immigration.



Dr. Joseph Mirando
B.A., St. Bonaventure University;
M.A. University of Alabama;
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
Office: DVIC Room 262
P.O. Box 10451, Hammond, LA 70402
Phone: (985) 549-3286


Dr. Joe Mirando, Ph.D., MJE, is a full professor and has served on the faculty of Southeastern for 28 years. His main teaching and research interests are related to journalism history, media law, media writing, mass communication ethics and journalism teacher education. He is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and convention papers, serves on the national Teacher Certification Commission of the Journalism Education Association and is a member of the Student Press Law Center National Advisory Board. He is a former president of the Southeast Journalism Conference (1989), a former host coordinator of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Southeast Colloquium (1994) and a former host coordinator of the Society for Collegiate Journalists national convention (1998).


At Southeastern he is currently the president of the university's chapter of the American Association of University Professors and is a member of the university's Tenure & Promotion Committee and the Faculty Grievance Committee. He is a former two-term chair of the University Curriculum Council, a former graduate program coordinator of communication studies for five years and a former undergraduate program coordinator for four years. Dr. Mirando designed and created 26 courses and 9 majors, minors or concentrations now in the university catalog, and he founded four current campus student organizations and two student publications.


Prior to coming to Southeastern Dr. Mirando worked as a news reporter and copy editor for three daily newspapers and a weekly newspaper. While employed by the university he has been active as a free-lance feature and editorial writer, a part-time sports writer for a daily newspaper, an adjunct high school journalism teacher and publications adviser, an editorial consultant and a journalism contest judge. He has a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Southern Mississippi (1992), a master's in journalism from the University of Alabama (1979) and a bachelor's in journalism from St. Bonaventure University (1977). He has also attained the national academic rank of Master Journalism Educator (MJE, 2008) and completed the American Press Institute's national Journalism Educators Seminar (1992).



Dr. Amber J. Narro
B.A., Southeastern Louisiana University
M.A., Southeastern Louisiana University
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
Office: DVIC Room 253
P.O. Box 10451, Hammond, LA 70402
Phone: (985) 549-2148

Dr. Amber Narro is an associate professor of communication who obtained her doctorate of mass communication from the University of Southern Mississippi. She specializes in multi-platform journalism and researches political news coverage, journalism trends and communication for non-profit organizations. With over 10 years of professional experience in both journalism and public relations, she has practical knowledge to add to her courses in journalism, public relations and public communication.


Dr. Narro is the coordinator for the England study abroad program at Southeastern, and she has published articles in national and international journals. She has a bachelor's degree in mass communication and journalism and a master's degree in organizational communication, both of which she obtained from Southeastern Louisiana University.


Dr. Barbara Cook Overton
B.A., University of Charleston
M.F.A., University of New Orleans
Ph.D., Louisiana State University
DVIC, Room 264
P.O. Box 10451, Hammond, LA 70402
Phone: (985) 549-3374

In 1995, Barbara Cook Overton received a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia and in 1999, she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Film and Media Production from the University of New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Over the next decade while living first in Tennessee and then in California, Overton taught film production, documentary making, editing, cinematography, film history, horror and science fiction studies, screenwriting, television news reporting, and media criticism.  

Overton was also a filmmaker and made several documentaries about health and healthcare in the developing world.  She attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where she was awarded a Dissertation Year Fellowship in 2014 and earned a doctorate in Health Communication in 2015.  Her research interests include emergency room communication, electronic medical records systems, organizational change, communication and aging, ageism and health outcomes, persuasion, mass media, public health campaigns, pharmaceutical advertising, sexual health, patient education, and patient–provider interactions.



Dr. Claire H Procopio
B.A., Louisiana State University
M.A., Louisiana State University
Ph.D., Indiana University
Office: DVIC Room 226
P.O. Box 10451, Hammond, LA 70402


Dr. Claire Procopio is an associate professor at Southeastern as well as the managing partner in a Louisiana based consulting company that specializes in educational and organizational consulting. Her current research interests are external compliances accreditation and strategic planning. She is currently the Undergraduate Program Coordinator for the department.