My composite web site was included in a research study called “A Nomad faculty: English professors negotiate self-representation in university Web space” by M. Hess (Computers and Composition 19: 2, August 2002):171-189:
Like Broad's homepage, the homepage for Jerome Bump (2002) at the University of Texas reveals an attempt to connect personal and professional identities, or versions, within online representation. Although the graphic background of Bump’s homepage shows what might be a traditional academic office—a painting, and walls lined with tall bookshelves—Bump represents himself visually only through pictures of himself as a rancher. One graphic shows the professor on a horse another focuses on a smiling Bump wearing a baseball cap and carrying; two small birds. The homepages’ welcoming statement provides details about Bump’s life outside the university, offering links to pictures of cats, dogs, and steers from his ranch. The professor shows his institutional connection by including the official seal of the University of Texas at Austin in the top right corner and by telling the viewer that all large animals on his ranch “are burnt orange and white, the school colors” (online). He further connects his ranching life and academic work through a link to the Gerard Manley Hopkins’s “Pied Beauty,” the poem that inspired both Bump’s interest in nature writing and the naming of one of his horses. The graphics and textual content that both Broad and Bump chose to offset the professionalism of their homepage’s textual content work to humanize their spaces by including the personal alongside the professional.