Jonathan Bowman, PhD

Jonathan Bowman
Phone: (619) 260-6878
Fax: (619) 260-4205
Office: Camino Hall 121

Professor, Communication Studies

  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, Interpersonal Communication
  • M.A., Michigan State University, Small Group Communication
  • B.A., University of California Davis, Communication Studies
  • University Distinguished Fellow, Michigan State University

Jonathan M. Bowman, PhD, Professor of Communication Studies, teaches courses in human communication processes and the methods through which we obtain that knowledge about communication. Bowman’s research currently focuses on communication processes associated with intimacy and close relationships, with publications addressing male friendships and small group communication. He was the 2014-15 recipient of the National Communication Association Ecroyd Award for Outstanding Teaching in Higher Education, the highest teaching honor in the discipline internationally.  He was also the 2014 recipient of the national Western States Communication Association Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2012 recipient of the Keck Faculty Fellowship for his focus on undergraduate research, and Bowman also received the 2013 Innovations in Experiential Education Award for his commitment to high-impact practices and USD's 2012-2013 Outstanding Preceptor Award for excellence in teaching and advising. He serves as a mentor to undergraduates in multiple capacities, particularly those students involved in student government, greek life, academic honors, and/or campus faith-based organizations.

Areas of Expertise

Interpersonal Communication

Scholarly Work

Bowman, J. M. (2019). InterConnections: Foundations and Contexts in Interpersonal Communication. Wadsworth / Cengage Learning: Boston, MA.

Bowman, J. M. & Compton, B. L. (2014) Self-presentation, individual differences, and gendered evaluations of nonverbal greeting behaviors among close male friends. Journal of Men’s Studies, 22(3), 207-221.

Bowman, J. M. (2009). The influences of attribution, context, and heterosexual self-presentation on perceived appropriateness of self-disclosure in same-sex male friendships. Communication Research Reports, 26 (3), 215-227.

Bowman, J. M. (2008). Gender role orientation and relational closeness: Self-disclosive behavior in same-sex male friendships. The Journal of Men’s Studies, 16(3), 316-330.

Areas of Interest

An award-winning teacher, Bowman is best known for teaching a hands-on version of Communication Research Methods which emphasizes the completion of a quantitative research project which oftentimes benefits a local non-profit organization in the greater San Diego area. He also teaches seminar-style upper-division courses on nonverbal communication, interpersonal communication, and human communication theory. Bowman typically incorporates an experiential-learning approach in his classes, which helps students directly immerse themselves in course material both in and out of the classroom.