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.

Dr. Burns also hosts a weekly nationally syndicated radio show, Rock School, which has, to date; won 9 International Communicator awards over more than 500 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, journalism and organizational communication courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She researches mass media effects and is the editor of Viewpoints on Media Effects: Pseudo Reality and Its Influence on Media Consumers Famous: How Celebrity Lives Affect Our Own and Star Power: The Media Effects of America's Celebrity Culture.

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 

 At Southeastern, Dr. McCalman has taught Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Interviewing Techniques, Family Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Gender Communication, and Health Communication. At the graduate level she teaches Advanced Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, and Organizational Culture and Diversity.  She served as a former graduate coordinator to our master's program in Organizational Communication. 

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, international education, the external environment of organizations, and more recently, immigration. She weekly facilitates the engagement of international students on our campus."  She is an associate professor.


Dr. Joseph Mirando
B.A., St. Bonaventure University;
M.A. University of Alabama;
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
Office: DVIC Room 225
P.O. Box 10719, 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 36 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. 
Dr. Mirando is coordinator of undergraduate studies in Languages and Communication, the campus representative for the United Federation of College Teachers organization, chair of the Language and Communication Department's Tenure and Promotion Committee, Hiring Committee, Curriculum Committee and is a current member of the University Planning Council, the University Student Conduct Hearing Board, the University Faculty Grievance Committee, the University Tenure & Promotion Committee and the University Faculty Grievance Committee. 
Dr. Mirando is the recipient of the Society for Collegiate Journalists' Medal of Merit for contributions to college journalism (1985), the first recipient ever of the Southeast Journalism Conference's David Sloan/Byron St. Dizier Award for the Outstanding Journalism Educator in the South (1992), completed the American Press Institute's national Journalism Educators Seminar (1992), winner of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Southeast Colloquium Best Faculty Paper Prize (1996), attained the national academic rank of Master Journalism Educator (MJE, 2008) and was awarded the Elizabeth Weeks Jones Endowed Professorship for the Humanities (2012-15). He is a former two-term chair of the University Curriculum Council, a former seven-year chair of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum Committee, a former five-year curriculum chair of the Graduate Council, a former seven-year president of the Southeastern chapter of the American Association of University Professors, former vice president and executive council member at-large of the Faculty Senate and a former graduate program coordinator of communication studies. Dr. Mirando has designed and created 29 courses and 13 majors, minors or concentrations now in the university catalog, and he has founded four current campus student organizations and two student publications. He is a former president, vice president and secretary-treasurer of the Southeast Journalism Conference, 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). 
Prior to coming to Southeastern Dr. Mirando worked as a news reporter and copy editor for four 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. 


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 262 and Student Union Suite 1305  
P.O. Box 10451, Hammond, LA 70402 

Claire Procopio is a Professor of Communication and Honors Director for the university.  She has over 20 years’ experience in higher education teaching and administration having served in various posts including accreditation steering committee director, undergraduate coordinator, major field assessment chairperson, and institutional effectiveness director.  She currently teaches organizational communication and has won numerous awards and recognitions including the Elizabeth Weeks Jones Endowed Professor in the Humanities, the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence at Southeastern Louisiana University and Baton Rouge Community College’s Best of the Best award.  She is a past president of the Louisiana Communication Association and an active member of the National Communication Association serving on special committees for program review and learning outcome assessment standards.  Her recent publications appear in Communication Education and Academic Leadership.