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  • BW Baldwin Wallace College

Faculty Spotlights

Joe Tarantowski

  1. Department

    Communication Arts & Sciences

  2. Hometown

    Willis, MI

  3. Biography

    BS - Technical Theatre and Radio-TV-Film from Eastern Michigan University

    MFA - Lighting Design from University of Wisconsin - also studied Film Production and History as well as Art and Art History. My thesis topic was concerned with the use of projections in Theatre.

    I'm in my 14th year at BW. I recently presented at a national conference on the future of college radio.

Questions and answers

Why did you choose to teach at BW?

I came to BW because I wanted to work at a smaller comprehensive institution. I enjoy the community at BW and am very thankful for the opportunity to make a real difference in students' lives.

What characteristics distinguish BW from other colleges/universities?

A smaller institution with the ability to provide significant opportunities to students; because of our distinctive programs as well as our proximity with the businesses and organizations in the Cleveland Metropolitan Market.

How do you mentor students?

Mostly at the college radio station - WBW 88.3 "Cleveland's Modern Rock Alternative." (www.wBW.com), But I also work with students on Internships, Capstone Projects, in the Carmel Living Learning Center, as well as Independent Studies, Study Abroad opportunities, and Academic Advising.

What do students like best about your class?

I try to make the material relevant and useful. I value various points of view.

If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?

Keeping bees, fishing guide, and/or farming.