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.

U Dubuque job ad

The University of Dubuque invites applications for a full-time faculty position in communication, with an emphasis in intercultural communication, beginning August, 2012.  Preferred qualifications include an earned doctorate in communication, teaching experience, and interest in teaching in the master’s degree program in Organizational Communication and Leadership. Secondary specialization in visual-digital rhetoric, Integrated Communication, or market- or media-related communication is desirable. Primary responsibilities include teaching 24 credit hours per year, advising students, maintaining a scholarship agenda, and participating in the broader life of the University.

The University of Dubuque (UD) was founded in 1852 and maintains its historic ties to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Since the late 1990s, UD has transformed itself into a mission-driven, learning-centered Christian university serving approximately 1600 traditional undergraduate students and 400 graduate, non-traditional, and seminary students.  Eighty full-time faculty members are committed to serving an undergraduate student population that includes over 25% students of color and over 50% students categorized as first generation and/or low income.  In 2011, Washington Monthly recognized UD’s commitment to its mission by ranking it #13 nationally in the baccalaureate category for contribution to the public good.  A $30 million Performing Arts, Campus, and Worship Center, scheduled to open in 2013, will add to over $100 million in new facilities built since 2000.  More information about the University of Dubuque and its mission can be found at http://www.dbq.ed/UDMissionVisionAction2010.pdf.

Dubuque, Iowa, is a city of 60,000 perched on the bluffs of the Mississippi River.  It serves as the cultural and economic center for 250,000 residents in the Iowa/Wisconsin/Illinois tri-state area. A growing economy, vibrant cultural life, and setting of natural beauty contribute to a high qualify of life.  Dubuque has been named one of America’s greenest cities and one the most livable small cities in America.  More information can be found at

To apply, please send the following application materials electronically to
1) UD application (available online at,
2) A letter of introduction summarizing your interest in and qualifications for the position,
3) A current resume/vitae,
4) An official transcript for the highest degree held,
5) A statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness, and
6) Contact information for three professional references.

Applications will be reviewed as received and accepted until the position is filled. The University of Dubuque is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and persons of color.