[Banner photo above taken by Susan Porter Bruce on a hill above Fourth Debsconeag Lake in Maine in July, 2007.]
This pages is more for family and personal information. See also my professional bio.
My full name is Bertram Camp Bruce, Jr. My father was Bertram Camp Bruce and his father was Bertram Carr Bruce. My father started calling himself Bert Bruce, Jr. to distinguish himself from his father. So, there I was, a real junior, who’s own father called himself junior. All of this was before I was aware of much at all. to avoid confusion, my parents chose a nickname. First, it was Chipper, which many old friends still use. Then later, it became Chip.
I now live in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, too far from family and friends still in Texas! After attending Paschal High School, I went to Rice University for a BA in Biology and then The University of Texas at Austin for a PhD in Computer Sciences. I taught at Rutgers, worked Bolt Beranek and Newman in Cambridge, Mass, and then became a Professor at the University of Illinois, first in Education and now in Library and Information Science.
My work has focused on inquiry-based learning, community inquiry, and the information and communication practices that help people in communities learn and work together.
I’m married to Susan Porter Bruce and have two children. Susan was active with UC Books to Prisoners, a project providing books to Illinois inmates by mail and operating libraries in our two local county jails, and now works with the Wellfleet Public Library.
Emily graduated from Williams College in 2007 and is now enrolled in a PhD program in European History at the University of Minnesota. She’s focusing on children’s literature in 19th century Germany. Stephen spent a student exchange year in Marche-en-Famenne, Belgium, before enrolling at Yale, then worked for a year with Americorps as a patient navigator for a Russian language community, and is now in a PhD program in Russian History at the University of Illinois.
We now have dolphins, sharks, whales, turtles, and other sea creatures nearby. On land there are turkeys, deer, rabbits, raccoons, ospreys, foxes, and other friends. See personal posts and special pages in the sub menu under the “About” tab above.