Joe Bonito, PhD

Professor, University of Arizona

Phone Number: 
(520) 626-1025
Short Bio: 

Joseph A. Bonito is Associate Professor of Communication. His research interest is the nature and organization of small decision-making groups.

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Prevention and Control
Member Status: 
Affiliate Member
Year of Membership Acceptance: 
University of Arizona
Department of Communication
Summary of Research Activity: 

 Joe continues to study participation and is in the process of submitting articles culled from his disseration to major communication journals. One article has already appeared in Communication Yearbook this year, and others, based on additional information gathered for his disseration and co-written with Barbara O'Keefe, should be appearing shortly.

Selected Publications: 
  • Bonito, J. A. (in press). An information-processing approach to participation in small groups. Communication Research
  • Bonito, J. A. (2000). The Effect of contributing substantively assessments of participation. Small Group Research, 31(4), 528-553.
  • Bonito, J. A. (1999). Collecting free-response data via computers: Effects of technology on responses to hypothetical scenarios. Computers in Human Behavior, 15, 195-211.
  • Bonito, J. A., & Hollingshead, A. B. (1997). Participation in small groups. In B. R. Burleson (Ed.), Communication Yearbook 20 (pp. 227-261). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
  • Burgoon, J. K., Bonito, J. A., Bengtsson, B., Cederberg, C., Lundeberg, M., & Allspach, L. (2000). Interactivity in Human-Computer Interaction: A Study of Credibility, Understanding, and Influence. Computers in Human Behavior, 16, 553-574.
  • Burgoon, J. K., Bonito, J. A., Bengtsson, B., Ramirez, A., & Dunbar, N. (2000). Testing the interactivity model: Communication processes, partner assessments, and the quality of collaborative work. Journal of Management and Information Systems, 16, 33-56.
  • Burgoon, J. K., Bonito, J. A., Ramirez, A., Jr., Dunbar, N. E., Kam, K., & Fischer, J. (In press). Testing the Interactivity Principle: Effects of Mediation, Verbal and Nonverbal Modalities, and Propinquity in Decision-Making Interactions. Journal of Communication.


Collaborative Research: 
  • Investigator on 3 funded research projects. I was an investigator ontwo contracts from the U.S. Army Research Institute (Interactivity, Communication, and Trust: Implications for Leadership in the Electronic Age; $ .9 mil)
  • Co-PI on a grant proposal to NIH that investigates information flow and decision-making processes in smoking cessation quitlines.
  • Quality of research has been recognized by the National Communication Association’s Group Communication Division.

Professional Information

Professional Affiliations: 
  •  Member, Speech Communication Association.
  • Member, International Communication Association.
  • Reviewer, Research on Language and Social Interaction (R.E. Sanders, editor).
  • Reviewer, Text and Society
  • Reviewer, Journal of Management Information Systems
  •  Recipient of the Karl R. Wallace award for distinguished scholarship among graduate students; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1996.
  • Listed among Instructors Rated as Excellent (top 10% of instructors campus-wide); Office of Instructional Resources, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Outstanding Departmental Scholar, Central Connecticut State University, 1989. Award given annually to outstanding senior in communication studies.

Academic Information

Master's Degree: 
State University of New York at Albany
Undergraduate School: 
Central Connecticut State University