Born and grew up in Louisiana in large Cajun family (of French-Canadian ancestry). Attended McNeese State University (B. A. in 1978, M. Ed. in 1980) and University of Southern Mississippi (Ph.D. in 1986). Taught high school in Louisiana before moving to Texas to teach at Sam Houston State, since 1987. Primary interest areas: interpersonal communication, classroom communication and culture. Co-authored the historical novel "Catherine's Cadeau" published in 2008 chronicling the story of a contemporary Cajun character who time-travels back to 1755 to live through the expulsion of her ancestors from what is now Nova Scotia. Previously served as academic associate dean and interim dean of college. Now Professor of Communication Studies.