Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Bump Halbritter
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Bump Halbritter

Associate Professor

Director of First Year Writing

Graduate Faculty

Email: drbump@msu.edu

Research Areas

audio-visual media in research, audio-visual rhetoric, literacy, writing pedagogy


Bump’s book, Mics, Cameras, Symbolic Action: Audio-Visual Rhetoric for Writing Teachers, situates audio-visual writing within the practical and theoretical space of writing instruction. His award-winning scholarly work with colleague Julie Lindquist, LiteracyCorps Michigan, theorizes and employs audio-visual writing as means for both conducting and sharing research on literacy sponsorship. His advanced multimedia writing students have gained national and international attention for documentary video work completed in his courses: most notably, “For the 25,” has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times around the world and has been covered in The New York Times and USA Today.

Representative Work

Halbritter, Bump. Mics, Cameras, Symbolic Action: Audio-Visual Rhetoric for Writing Teachers. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press. 2012.http://www.parlorpress.com/halbritter

Halbritter, Bump, and Julie Lindquist. “Time, Lives, and Videotape: Operationalizing Discovery in Scenes of Literacy Sponsorship,”College English. Volume 75, Number 2. November 2012. 171-198. Awarded the Richard Ohmann Outstanding Article in College English Award for 2013. http://www.ncte.org/college/awards/ohmann

Halbritter, Bump. Respondent. “Master Hands, A Video Mashup Round Table.” Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. Ed. James J. Brown, Jr. and Richard Marback. 11: n. pag. Web. 17 October 2011. http://www.enculturation.net/11

Halbritter, Bump, Noah Blon, and Caron Creighton. “Big Questions, Small Works, Lots of Layers: Documentary Video Production and the Teaching of Academic Research and Writing.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. 16.1: n. pag. Web. 15 August 2011.http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/16.1/praxis/halbritter/index.php