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Jonathan Bowman, PhD

Associate Dean
Professor, Communication Studies

Jonathan M. Bowman, PhD, was appointed associate dean for advising and curriculum in January 2014. He has been a member of the faculty since 2007 and is an associate professor of Communication Studies. Bowman has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, mentoring awards, and research awards from a variety of regional and national institutions and associations. At USD, he has been the recipient of a Keck Faculty Fellowship for his focus on undergraduate research, an Innovations in Experiential Education Award for his commitment to high-impact practices, and an 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.


PhD, Michigan State University, Interpersonal Communication MA, Michigan State University, Small Group Communication BA, University of California at Davis, Rhetoric and Communication

Scholarly and Creative Work

Bowman’s program of research investigates interpersonal and small group communication processes in a variety of contexts, with an emphasis on the revelation of unknown information (i.e., “self-disclosure” in the interpersonal literature; “discussion of unshared information” in the small group literature). His work has been published in scholarly journals including The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, The Journal of Men’s Studies, Small Group Research, Communication Research Reports, and multiple book chapters. In addition to his scholarly publications, Bowman has contributed his expertise to multiple national media outlets, including interviews published in national newspapers like The Boston Globe and on national and international radio and television news programs. A televised Good Morning America interview featured his expertise on why men are reticent to communicate strong negative emotions such as sadness.