Dr. Linda Berdayes, associate professor of communication and director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MLS) program, earned a BS, MA, and PhD from the Ohio State University. Dr. Berdayes specializes in bringing an interdisciplinary understanding to contemporary uses of communication technologies. She teaches courses on research methods, critical issues in mass communication, communication and new media, as well as mass media law. She has published in the Journal of Communication, presented her work at numerous national and international conferences, and has been an invited reviewer for the journal Communication, Culture, and Critique. Her most recent work focuses on the forming of community through all-night talk radio and the ways in which mobile devices influence daily communication practices.
Office: 313H Lehman Hall
Dr. Lawrence Byrne teaches courses in composition, 19th century British literature, critical theory, film, and in the honors program. Dr. Byrne earned his BA from Loyola University, Chicago, and an MA and PhD from Boston University.
Office: 323 Lehman
Dr. Karen A. Callaghan, professor of sociology and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, earned a BA from La Salle College, and an MA and PhD from the Ohio State University. Dr. Callaghan teaches courses on sociological theory, social justice movements, service-learning, and sociology of race, class, and gender. She has edited a collection of essays on women and beauty, and co-authored a book on the cultural politics of race, violence, and democracy, in addition to publishing several articles on the contemporary family, adolescence, social theory, symbolic violence and images of racial-ethnic identity, and workplace organization and computerization. Her most recent work focuses on education and globalization.
Office: 313 Lehman Hall
Dr. Kathryn Comer is Assistant Professor of English and Director of First-Year Writing at Barry University. Her scholarship revolves around composition pedagogy, narrative rhetoric, and multimodal literacy, and her teaching balances critical theory and practical application. During her graduate work at OSU, she participated in the launch of the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives, a project that continues to inspire her; the co-authored "The Pedagogy of the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives: A Survey" appears in Computers and Composition: An International Journal. She is a founding editor of Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion, a digital journal about everyday rhetoric designed to bridge the gap between academic and public discourses; this work has led to publications in - "Something's Fishy Here" - and about - "Language and Limitations: Toward a New Praxis of Public Intellectualism" in Global Academe: Engaging Intellectual Discourse - Harlot.
As Director of FYW, Comer works with the Barry University community to develop a curriculum dedicated to critical perspectives and transferable skills. She is currently working on a research project examining the potential for student involvement in assessing and improving the FYW experience for future Barry students.
Director of First-Year Writing
Assistant Professor of English
Dr. Gary L. Grizzle, associate professor of sociology, earned a BS from Florida International University, an MS from Florida State University, and a PhD from Northwestern University. Grizzle teaches courses on marriage and the family, social psychology, the sociology of art, the sociology of religion, and ethical issues in social science. He has published works on remarriage in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage; served as a book reviewer for the Western Journal of Black Studies; and served as a manuscript reviewer for Sociological Spectrum. Grizzle currently serves as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Marriage and Family, Sociological Quarterly, and Sociology of Religion. His latest research interest is anarchist theory.
Office: 33A Lehman Hall
Dr. Michael McKeon earned a BA in Philosophy from Nyack College, an MA in Philosophy from Temple University, and a PhD in Philosophy from Syracuse University. Prior to joining the faculty at Barry, he was an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at St. Gregory's University (OK). His main professional interests are in social philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of religion.
Office: O'Laughlin 215
Dr. Elsie M. Miranda, is associate professor of theology at Barry University where she serves as Director of the Master of Arts in Practical Theology as well as Director of Ministerial Formation. Her academic and research interests are in the areas of practical theology, liberating theology (feminist, queer, Latin American theology), inter-culturality and ministerial formation. She has contributed to the edited volume Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Present and Future, (Convivuum Press, 2010) and was co-editor and contributor in Calling for Justice Throughout the World, Catholic Women Theologians on the HIV AIDS Pandemic, (Continuum Press, 2009). Dr. Miranda is an active member of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA), a Board member of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the US (ACHTUS), as well as an active member of the Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry (AGPIM).
Office: O'Laughlin 233