Joseph Bonito

About Joseph Bonito

Dr. Bonito earned his Ph.D. in 1997 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Speech Communication. His primary area of interest is small group communication processes, especially characteristics of participation. He is always interested in small group research methods, including multilevel measurement models, and applying machine learning to the study of small group interaction. His articles have appeared in Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Communication Yearbook, Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Small Group Research, and Health Communication. He is the 2003 and 2013 recipient of the Dennis Gouran Award, given to the author of the outstanding monograph in small group communication by the Group Communication Division of the National Communication Association. He also received several top paper awards from the NCA Group Communication Division. Dr. Bonito was a co-investigator on a large grant from the National Cancer Institutue that evaluated communication and decision-making practices of the North American of Quitline Consortium (NAQC). He has also received several smaller grants through the University of Arizona. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in small group communication, communication and cognition, and research methods. Dr. Bonito is a Magellan Circle Fellow in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and was the recipient the Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.  


Research Interests

Small group communication

Research methods related to the study of small groups

Machine learning applications to small group interaction


Selected Publications

Bonito, J. A., Keyton, J., & Ervin, J. N. (2017). Role-Related Participation in Product Design Teams: Individual- and Group-Level Trends. Communication Research, 44, 263–286. doi:10.1177/0093650215618759

Ervin, J. N., Bonito, J. A., & Keyton, J. (2017). Convergence of intrapersonal and interpersonal processes across group meetings. Communication Monographs84, 200–220. doi:10.1080/03637751.2016.1185136

Bonito, J. A., Ervin, J. N., & Staggs, S. M. (2016). Estimation and application of the latent group model. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice20, 126–143. doi:10.1037/gdn0000044

Bonito, J. A., Gastil, J., Ervin, J. N., & Meyers, R. A. (2014). At the convergence of input and process models of group discussion: A comparison of participation rates across time, persons, and groups. Communication Monographs81, 179–207. doi:10.1080/03637751.2014.883081

Bonito, J. A., Ruppel, E. K., & Keyton, J. (2012). Reliability estimates for multilevel designs in group research. Small Group Research43, 443–467. doi:10.1177/1046496412437614

Bonito, J. A., & Meyers, R. A. (2011). Examining functional communication as egocentric or group-centric: Application of a latent group model. Communication Monographs78, 463–485. doi:10.1080/03637751.2011.618138

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Contact Information

Joseph Bonito
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Office: Communication 224
Office Hours: Spring 2023 | Tues & Thurs 10:00-11:00am via zoom

Courses Taught

Communication 228: Introduction to Communication Research Methods

Communication 403: Theories of Small Group Communication

Communication 450: Communication and Cognition

Communication 571: Research Methodologies II

Communication 640: Research Methodologies III (Multilevel Modeling)

Communication 696r: Special Topics in Communication (Structural Equation Modeling)


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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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