Dr. Bond is an award-winning instructor who teaches courses on research methods, communication theory, and the media at the University of San Diego. His media courses cover the history, economics, and effects of both traditional screen media and social media technologies. Dr. Bond’s teaching philosophy rests on three pedagogical tenets: enthusiasm, respect, and application. He believes that every class he teaches assists him in becoming the instructor he want to be; that is, the instructor from whom he as a student would want to learn.

Dr. Bond won the 2015 Innovation in Experiential Education Award from University of San Diego for developing a community-engagement component of his Children & Media class in which students volunteer at a local after-school program for at-risk youth. The students' final project in the course is to create a media literacy program that they implement into the curriculum of the after-school program. He also won the 2020 Teaching Excellence Award from the Mass Communication Division of the National Communication Association for his exemplary teacher-scholar approach, working with over 30 undergraduate students as research assistants in his 10 years at the University of San Diego.

Research methods

This course serves as an introduction to communication research methodologies. Students are exposed to the prevailing paradigms of qualitative and quantitative research. The interpretive, descriptive, and explanatory foundations of research methodologies will be examined. Content analysis, surveys, experiments, interviews, and focus groups are the methods detailed in the course. Ethical principles governing the process of research are also be explored.

Children & media

This course is an overview of the relevant research on the role of electronic media in the lives of children. Topics include media violence, sex role stereotypes, advertising and materialism, media and the family, and new technology in the lives of children. Students will also explore the positive influence of media on child development, including media use for pro-social and educational purposes. This course include a community-engagement component that brings students into the community and the community into the classroom to help students experience media in the lives of the 21st century American child.

Media & the marginalized

This course was conceived of, developed, and implemented by Dr. Bond. Media and the Marginalized utilizes theories, concepts, and empirical social scientific research to highlight how and why media depict social groups in particular ways, and the effects of those messages on audiences’ perceptions of their identities and their understanding of outgroup others. The course focuses on racial minorities, gender, gender identity, sexual identity, religious minorities, and disability within a U.S. media context.