John Stewart Profile


John Stewart serves as Special Assistant to the President at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa.

John Stewart

He was Vice President for Academic Affairs at UD from 2001-2010, and on the Communication faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1969-2001. He also taught full-time at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and filled visiting professor/ lecturer positions at a number of institutions, including the University of Hawaii-Manoa, Texas A&M, Gonzaga, California State University-Fresno, Wake Forest, Hebrew University, and the Universities of Tel Aviv and Haifa.

John’s primary research interests have been the philosophy of language, the philosophy and practice of dialogue, and the philosophy and practice of interpretive research. He articulated a relational view of language in Language as Articulate Contact: Toward a Post-Semiotic Philosophy of Communication (1995) and the edited volume, Beyond the Symbol Model: Reflections on the Representational Nature of Language (1996), both published by SUNY Press. His approach to dialogue has been developed in several articles and chapters, including “Foundations of Dialogic Communication,” Quarterly Journal of Speech, 65 (1978), 183-201; “Dialogue as Tensional, Ethical Practice,” with Karen Zediker, Southern Communication Journal, 65 (2000), 224-242; and “Relationships Among Philosophies of dialogue,” with K. E. Zediker and L. L. Black, in Dialogic Approaches to Communication, R. Anderson, L. A. Baxter, & K. N. Cissna (Eds.) (Sage, 2003).

John’s edited textbook, Bridges Not Walls: A Book About Interpersonal Communication is currently in its 11th edition with McGraw Hill, and his co-authored Together: Communicating Interpersonally is in its 6th edition with Oxford.

He is currently focused on revising his communication self-help book, U&ME: Communicating in Moments that Matter (Taos Institute Publications, 2013), which is available in print and e-book versions. Excerpts from, and news about U&ME are available on its Facebook site, and John’s biography, interpersonal communication blog, and information about his other publications are can be found at

Work for CID:
John Stewart wrote KC14: Dialogue.

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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