Joseph Bowman: From Campus D.J. to Professor and State Regent
As a student at UAlbany, Bowman had a passion for telecommunications. He quickly found avenues and people to help him put his passion into practice.
Bowman joined UAlbany radio station WSUA and started “The Maiden Voyage” jazz show in 1971. Radio led to TV, where he learned production from experienced industry pros who had retired from local WRGB Channel 6 to teach in UAlbany’s Educational Communications Center.
"These were people who really wanted to teach you the field of TV," said Bowman, who now teaches educational television production, multi-media design, and seminars on instructional technology as an associate professor in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Theory and Practice.
He is also director of the UAlbany’s Center for Urban Youth and Technology (CUYT), makes time Thursday evenings to host “The Maiden Voyage” on the campus radio station, and since 2001 has been a Regent of the University of the State of New York, recently reappointed to a new 5-year term.
From left, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Joseph Bowman, Jr., and Assemblyman John J. McEneny, upon Bowman’s reappointment to the New York State Board of Regents.
Bowman earned his bachelor’s degree in 1972, a master’s degree in library science in 1974 and a master's in education in 1975, all from UAlbany. He went on to earn a doctorate in 1991 from Columbia University, where he created CUYT, moving the Center to Albany when he returned to campus as a teacher in 1994. Through CUYT, his teaching, and his advocacy, Bowman aims to make sure other students share in the opportunities he enjoyed.
"Everything that I do – from preparing our UAlbany students to be at ease using technology in the classroom, to providing urban and rural elementary schools students access to technology so they compete on a level playing field, to my work with the Board of Regents — is about giving young people and adults the skills they need for success," Bowman said.
He is also now part of a UAlbany legacy family. His wife Etwin directs the campus’s Science and Technology Entry Program, daughter Amber enters her senior year, and daughter Alicia becomes a freshman this fall.
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