John Dowd, Ph.D.


Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-4575
Address: 316 Kuhlin Center


My broader interests in communication are in the ways that language mediates between us and the world. As others have noted, we don't simply live in a world of things but rather, in a world of the meaning of things. And communication is central, not peripheral, to making and managing meaning. Thus, our study of communication helps us to better understand the complex problems within our world, as well as enables (or constrains) our ability to create more meaningful, ethical, and worthwhile organizations and lives.

More specifically, much of my work draws upon media ecology and rhetoric & social theory to explore the symbolic-material aspects of discourse, education, and technology


Ph.D. Purdue University

Courses Taught:

Rhetorical Criticism
Organizational Communication

Select Representative Works:

Dowd, J. (2017). Moments that matter: Educational entanglements and ecologies of action. Review of Communication, 17(1), 3-17.

Dowd, J. (2016). Educational Ecologies: Toward a Symbolic-Material Understanding of Discourse, Technology, and Education. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

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