John Dowd, Ph.D.


Position: Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-372-4575 Fax: 419-372-0202
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

Courses Taught: Rhetorical Criticism; Organizational Communication

Education: Ph.D. Purdue University