• PhD, Speech Communication University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2007
  • MA, Communication Studies Ball State University 1998
  • BS, English; Minor: Communication Studies; Summa Cum Laude, Honors College Undergraduate Fellow Ball State University 1997

Academic interests

Communication about health in interpersonal relationships, public discourse about women's health, qualitative research methods


I teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in interpersonal communication, health communication and gender and communication


SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS Central States Communication Association Federation Prize, 2016 Trustees Teaching Award, School of Liberal Arts, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 2015 Featured in the National Communication Association’s Comm365 Project, an initiative of the NCA Centennial Committee, celebrating the association’s centennial, September 2014 Bill Eadie Distinguished Award for a Scholarly Article, Applied Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2013 Top Four Paper Award, Interpersonal Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Communication Studies, Ball State University, 2013 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, Presented by GradCo, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University, 2009


Recent publications: Bute, J. J., & Brann, M. (2015). Co-ownership of private information in the miscarriage context. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 43, 23-43. Bute, J.J., Comer, K., Lauten, K.M., Sanematsu, H.Y., Moore, Courtney, Lynch, D., & Chumbler, N.R. (2014). Implementation of a journal prototype for pregnant and parenting adolescents. Evaluation and Program Planning, 46, 122-130. Bute, J.J., Petronio, S., & Torke, A.M. (2014).The unique case of surrogate decision makers: Challenges of privacy management in health care decision making. Health Communication, 30, 1-11. Bute, J.J. (2013). Discursive dynamics of privacy and disclosure: Evidence from a study of infertility. Western Journal of Communication, 77, 164-185. Quinlan, M. M., & Bute, J. J. (2013). “Where are all the men?” A post-structural feminist analysis of a university’s sexual health seminar. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning. 13, 54-67. Bute, J.J, & Russell, L.D. (2012). Public discourses about teenage pregnancy: Disruption, restoration, and ideology. Health Communication, 27, 712-722. Goldsmith, D.J., Bute, J.J., & Lindholm, K. (2012). Couples’ strategies for talking about lifestyle change following a cardiac event. Journal of Applied Communication Research. 40, 65-86.

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