Debsconeag Lake

Photo above taken by Susan Porter Bruce on a hill above Fourth Debsconeag Lake in Maine in July, 2007.

This page is more for family and personal information. See also my professional bio.

I live with my wife Susan Bruce in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, where we were married in 1982. We have two children, Emily and Stephen. We enjoy a great natural and cultural environment here–hiking in the forests or along beaches, canoeing, observing wildlife, gardening, arts and music, film, and literate life. We’re active with the conservation trust, the library, and other community organizations.

Following retirement from university teaching in Information Science twelve years ago, I’ve continued to write, teach, and travel, including multi-month trips to work in Nepal. My most recent book is Beyond the classroom walls: Imagining the future of education, from community schools to communiversities.

Susan and I do many outdoor activities, including canoeing, hiking, beachcombing, sailing, and bird watching. We’ve worked on various nature projects, such as counting endangered river herring, CoastSweep, the Food Forest Initiative, and beach plant phenology. I’ve served on the boards of the local library and also the conservation trust, managing its website and making trails.

I enjoy many kinds of music. For many years I’ve found myself somewhere in the broad range of intermediate piano, with special interests in classical, jazz, and country-western music.

We spend our best times with our children. Emily is an assistant professor of history at the U. of Minnesota, Morris. Stephen is a PhD student in Slavic Languages and Literature at Columbia. They’re both deeply engaged in music and community, and give us hope for saving a world our generation hasn’t served so well.

Here’s a personal and family history.

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ambigram by Punya Mishra

3 thoughts on “Personal

  1. Hello, I am completing my Masters of Education at a university in Canada, and have cited one of your articles in my final paper. I was wondering if I could get in touch with you regarding permission to use a figure that you and Bishop developed (Cycle of Inquiry). If you are able to contact me by email I would greatly appreciate it.
    Thank you very much for your time.
    Craig Cooper


  2. Hey Chip,

    Great blog. I love to read about your, and your family’s, adventure. When I was in CA I would show the kids’ blogs to friends but had not seen yours. When you are in town next please help me with my site. I want to replace the animals at the top of the page with photos of my ppets. I hope you will be able to help me. I cannot make the pics small enough. I hope we see y’all soon.



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