Dr. Dede Johnston

Professor of Communication
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Dr. Deirdre Johnston is professor of communication at Hope, where she integrates administrative service, teaching and research roles. While at Hope, Deirdre has served as chair of the communication department and also as faculty moderator.

Deirdre's current research is in the area of global communication and studies of cross-cultural happiness. Her recent sabbatical involved the study of Spanish, happiness, tango and vinology in South America.

Professional Experience

Deirdre led the development of a new peace and justice studies minor, and was involved in curriculum development for women’s studies and American ethnic studies. She also worked with the National Communication Association Presidential Task Force on Program Review.

Deirdre leads study-abroad courses in Japan, Northern Ireland, Scotland and South Africa, and recently secured grant funding to develop a conjoined course with students in the United States, Slovakia and Lebanon to study peace and conflict narratives in post-apartheid South Africa.

Deirdre served as campus facilitator for the Great Lakes College Association's $4-million New Directions Initiative Grant, as well as director of assessment and chair of the Hope College Institutional Human Research Board.

Areas of Expertise

Deirdre co-created and is now co-leading a faculty development program to provide faculty training in diversity education and intergroup dialogue, leading to 130 new or revised global learning-flagged courses for the general education curriculum. Deirdre also provides organizational and corporate trainings in gender equity, inter-cultural communication, diversity education and intergroup dialogue.


  • Ph.D., communication, University of Iowa
  • M.A., journalism, University of Texas

Selected Publications

  • The Art & Science of Persuasion
  • Research Methods for Everyday Life

Honors and Awards

  • Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award (Boston College, Center for Family Research)



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Dr. Dede Johnston

Phone Number616.395.7594

Martha Miller Center-Room 127 257 Columbia Avenue Holland, MI 49423-3615
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