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. 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.  


Selected Publications

Bonito, J. A., Ervin, J. N., & Staggs, S. M. (In press.) Estimation and application of the latent group model. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice.

Ervin, J. N., Bonito, J. A., & Keyton, J.  (In press.) Functional aspects of group communication in product design teams: Individual- and group-level trends. Communication Monographs.

Bonito, J. A., Keyton, J., & Ervin, J. N.  (2015.)  Role-related participation in product design teams: Individual- and group-level trends.  Communication Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0093650215618759.

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 Monographs, 81, 179-207.

Bonito, J.A., Ruppel, E. K., Saul, J. E., & Leischow, S. J. (2013.) Assessing the preconditions for communication influence on decision making: The North American Quitline Consortium. Health Communication, 28, 248-259.

Bonito, J. A., Ruppel, E. K., & Keyton, J. (2012.) Reliability estimates for outcome variables in multilevel designs: Illustration and application to group data. Small Group Research, 43, 443-467.

Bonito, J. A. & Meyers, R. A. (2011.) Examining functional communication as egocentric or group-centric: Application of a latent group model. Communication Monographs, 78, 463-485.


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Joseph Bonito
Telephone: (520) 621-1366
Fax: (520) 621-5504
Office: Communication 224

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