Department Chair

  • Carla Sofka Ph.D.
    rofessor of Social Work
    Rosetti Hall 309
    (518) 786-5046

Joe Zoske


          Joe Zoske, MS, MSW

          Administrative Coordinator               

               Social Work Program
               Siena College
515 Loudon Rd
               Loudonville, NY 12211  

               Rosetti Hall

               518-783-4123 (office)     518-782-6499 (fax)



I joined the Department in 2001 bringing 30 years of clinical, managerial, and consulting social work experience. My primary field of practice is health care, having performed wide-ranging roles in diverse settings, including: community health, long term care, nursing homes, kidney dialysis & transplantation, rehabilitation, and hospice. Additionally, I have been a government health regulator, a health educator, and a private therapist with a holistic mind-body therapeutic approach. My area of scholarship is gender health, specializing in men’s health issues, and have published and spoken widely on this topic. I am also a published poet. In addition to my administrative functions, I teach:

  • SWRK 200   Social Work Practice Skills
  • SWRK 301   Internship in Social Work
  • SWRK 410 / 420  Field Education I & II
  • SWRK 454  Health Care Communication Skills (for pre-med students)
  • SWRK 466  Topics in Social Work: Men’s Health Issues



  • M.S. (Community Health Administration & Wellness Promotion) - California College of Health Sciences, June 1999
  • M.S.W. - State University of New York at Albany, May 1975
  • B.S.W. - State University of New York at Buffalo, May 1972
  • L.M.S.W. – New York State Licensed Social Worker (# 017506-1)
  • Project Adventure Challenge Course (“Ropes”) Facilitator, 2005
  • NCTMB (Massage Therapist, retired): National Certification in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, 1998
  • Certified Couples Communication Instructor; 1996; Littleton CO




SUNY Empire State College: Center for Distance Learning – adjunct instructor and course developer of Gender Health in the Nursing Program (2008-2010), and Case Management in the Community and Human Services Program (1999-2002). Saratoga Springs, NY.

Hudson Valley Community College – Workforce Development Instructor & Adjunct Instructor (1995-2000). Troy, NY.




  • Mind/Body Health
  • Buddhism & meditation
  • Canoeing & bicycling
  • Poetry