Department of Kinesiology
Island Hall 357
Dr. Bonnette received his Ed.D. in Kinesiology with a specialization in pedagogy from Texas A&M University - College Station (TAMU). Prior to coming to TAMUCC he worked for Texas A&M University - Kingsville for two years as an assistant professor. Other teaching stints include New Mexico State University (1996-1998) and TAMU (1988-1996). Dr. Bonnette currently serves as the Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Kinesiology and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses.
Prior to becoming a university professor, Dr. Bonnette taught in the public school system in Louisiana for ten years (1978-1988). During that time Dr. Bonnette served as a high school English and physical education teacher as well as a coach. His coaching experiences include football, basketball, track & field, baseball and golf.
After retiring from the public school system in Louisiana and beginning his career as a collegiate/university professor (1988) Dr. Bonnette spent his summers directing sports camps for children and continues in that vein at TAMUCC as the project administrator for the Summer Sports and Wellness Program (SSWP). SSWP has been hosted on the TAMUCC campus since 1998 and is a summer sports program for financially disadvantaged boys and girls.
Dr. Bonnette was a two-sport athlete in college at Northwestern State University (football and track - javelin) and since is an avid sport fan. He enjoys tennis, golf, swimming, surfing and exercising. He is an incredible fan and supporter of high school sports as well. Currently, he volunteers at Flour Bluff High School, where he videotapes athletes performances (football, track, golf, baseball/softball), biomechanically analyzes their movement and then shares that information with the athletes so they may improve. Dr. Bonnette has also served as the coach of the varsity football team's summer 7 on 7 touch football team.
The major area of emphasis of Dr. Bonnette's research interest is in the area of sports performance. Current and past research projects include investigating the relationship between visual skills, grip strength and torso power in relation to tennis performance of Division I tennis athletes; visual skills and batting performance of professional baseball players (Cincinnati Reds); and visual skills and batting performance of NCAA Division I baseball players (TAMUCC). Other lines of research include retention of collegiate freshmen at TAMUCC, and physiological attributes of high school and adolescent quarterbacks.
Bonnette, R. (1996). The Effect of Indirect and Direct Teaching Styles on Critical Thinking and Self Concept of At-Risk 10-13 Year Old Boys in a Physical Education Setting. (Doctoral dissertation.) Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.