Meet the Coordinator

Meet the Coordinator

Commander Joseph G. Fitzgerald is the coordinator of the Health Administration track within the Health Studies major. He started at Siena College in 2002 and has taught as a Lecturer of Marketing and Management in the School of Business, as well as for four years, the interdisciplinary year-long course required for all Siena Freshmen. Currently, he serves as Assistant Dean of Business, with responsibility for coordinating the Major in Business.

In May 2010, he was honored by Siena College as the recipient of The James Knust Award for Excellence in Administration for Academic Year 2009 – 2010.


M.P.A., University of Memphis

B.S., American Political Systems, U.S. Naval Academy

Current Research

Investigatory Methods related to Whistleblowing / Reprisal in the Workplace; Public Policy; Ethics in Public Service

Teaching Philosophy

To teach is a privilege….

My teaching philosophy is focused on motivating students to not only learn course material, but also to become excited by knowledge and thus be confident in its use. Additionally, the importance of values in decision-making is most important in my view in the education of Leaders and is woven by me throughout my teaching. In essence, I attempt to have students assess the ‘whys’, as well as the ‘what’ of any business situation.

Having been fortunate to have had great teachers, coaches, and mentors throughout my education and career, I attempt to emulate their gifts to me of enthusiasm, love of learning, and dedication to student-centered education, in my work at Siena.

Professional Experience

Lecturer in Management, Siena College, 2016 - 2016

Interim Associate Dean, School of Business Siena College, 2015 - 2015

Lecturer in Management, Siena College, 2015 - 2015

Lecturer in Management, Siena College, 2013 - 2013

Lecturer, First Year Seminar Siena College, 2011 - 2013

Lecturer in Foundations, Siena College, 2009 - 2011

Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs (Operations), Siena College, 2007 - 2014

Director of Academic Programs, Siena College, 2006 - 2007

Lecturer in Marketing and Management, Siena College, 2005 - 2009

Visiting Instructor of Marketing and Management, Siena College, 2002 - 2005

Commander / Surface Warfare Officer / Qualified for Command at Sea, U.S. Navy, 1978 - 2001