his peculiar name the honest way: he earned it, as everyone
could, while becoming the increasingly large and troublesome bump in
his mom’s belly. His family has never called him by the name Scott,
which his parents have admitted was a last-minute default inspired by
the brand of tissues in the hospital nursery. Nice.
his childhood in Hollidaysburg, PA where he enjoyed writing and being
as noisy as possible. Upon graduating from Penn State University in
1987 he moved to Hollywood where he grew his hair very long, wrote
songs, and yelled into microphones. In L.A., he was fortunate to spend
many long hours recording music: a process of composing that continues
to inform his present work. He returned to Pennsylvania in 1994, and
his interest in non-musical composition was rekindled when he was asked
to write a weekly editorial column, "The Way I See It," for a local
newspaper in State
In the summer of 1998, Bump entered graduate school at
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he earned an M.A. in English.
The following year he relocated to the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill to study rhetoric, composition, and linguistics. At
Carolina, he was fortunate to teach in Erika Lindemann’s writing
program and to study under the direction of his mentor, Todd
Taylor. Bump became Dr. Bump in 2004. Upon graduation, he spent two
years teaching in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, under the
direction of Andrea Lunsford, at Stanford University. In the fall of 2006, Bump returned to his Big Ten roots when he became a
faculty member in the department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American
Cultures at Michigan State University.
Bump loves his work as a
teacher and scholar. His research examines integrated-media writing
pedagogy, documentary writing/production, literacy studies, and
which allow him, happily, to
continue being quite noisy.
Bump met Julie in a research
methodology class at I.U.P. Five months later, having thoroughly
investigated (and appropriately cited) their sources, they married
while visiting Julie’s mom in Santa Barbara, CA during spring break.
Their son, Sawyer, made his official debut to the world in April of
2003. He immediately ruled their universe. However, realizing
that ruling could make a guy tired, he asked for some help, which
arrived in the form of his sister, Bennett, in August of 2005.
Their parents have refused all subsequent requests to expand the
management team; however, in late April of 2010, Sawyer and Bennett
pulled a fast one by talking their
parents into welcoming a
tiny goldendoodle puppy into the family. 90 pounds later, Spencer,
has matched Bennett's and Sawyer's ravenous appetite for books.
Trouble is, Spencer's is not metaphoric.
Bennie and Spencer
enjoy living in the woods, catching (and releasing!) frogs &
swimming, hiking, biking, kayaking, reading and doing
together. They are
thrilled to be at MSU and living in this wonderful part of the country.