John Dowd, Ph.D.
Position: Associate Professor
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
Select Representative Works:
Dowd, J. (2017). Moments that matter: Educational entanglements and ecologies of action. Review of Communication, 17(1), 3-17. http://doi.org/10.1080/15358593.2016.1260761
Dowd, J. (2016). Educational Ecologies: Toward a Symbolic-Material Understanding of Discourse, Technology, and Education. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.