Donna D. McIntosh

Professor of Social Work

Phone: (518) 783‑4261

Donna D. McIntosh


M.S.W. University at Albany, State University of NewYork
BSW Buffalo State College
A.A. Jefferson County Community College


I knew I wanted to be a social worker from the time I was 15 years of age and have never looked back. I received my BSW from Buffalo State College and my MSW from SUNY Albany. I have worked in a variety of settings both as a BSW and MSW practitioner including substance abuse treatment, domestic violence, homeless services, youth and adolescent services, elder care, women’s health, day care, and mental health. As I grew and changed as a social worker my focus became systems change, policy advocacy, grant writing, program development and administration, and higher education.

What I love about Siena:

Teaching in a small undergraduate school in one’s home community is the best deal there is! I love the age group of the students, the smallness of the college which allows for relationship building with students and alumni. When people ask me what I do, I am proud to claim an affiliation to Siena and its reputation, Franciscan Tradition, and mission.

My Favorite courses to teach are:

I love social work….still after all these years. Teaching social work classes is my social work practice and the scholarship and service that I do on and off campus enriches what I bring to the classroom. I have taught all but one of the required social work courses. But it is clear from the students’ labeling me as the "macro queen" that the courses in community organizing and policy advocacy (which are considered macro focused social work) are teaching to my passions, strengths, and interests. I also have had the privilege of teaching an elective on troubled teens and juvenile justice and a course in advocacy and activism.

Professional Experience:

Department Chair Siena College 2016 - Now
Department Chair/Program Director Siena College 2015 - 2015
Coordinator of Field Educadtion Siena College Social Work Program 2013 - 2015
Professor Siena College 2006 - Now
Department Chair Siena College Social Work Program 2002 - 2010
Associate Professor Siena College 2001 - 2001
Tenured Siena College 2001 - 2001
Coordinator of Field Education Siena College Social Work Program 1997 - 2001
Weekend Resident Relief Manager Watertown Council on Alcoholism 1997 - 1979
Assistant Professor of Social Work Siena College 1996 - 1996
Visiting Instructor - Social Work Siena College 1995 - 1995
Summer Youth Jobs Trainer Hudson Valley Comm. College 1995 - 1995
Adjunct Instructor- Social Work Graduate School of Social Welfare State University at Albany 1992 - 1992
Executive Director Mental Health Association in Fulton/Montgomery Counties 1992 - 1995
Adjunct Instructor Hudson Valley Community College 1990 - 2000
Associate Executive Director Equinox, Inc. 1985 - 1992
Program Director Jones Boarding Home 1983 - 1984
Teacher Assistant Stony Brook Day Care Center 1983 - 1983
Social Work Assistant Presbyterian Homes of Western New York 1981 - 1982
Counselor, BSW Intern Erie Medical Center 1980 - 1982
Medical Secretary Dr. John Wadsworth, Private Psychiatric Practice 1979 - 1982

Why I chose Siena:

Being among the friars and the working presence of Franciscan values, which are so closely aligned with my professional social work values, reminds me every day to reach for higher ground as a human being. I am stronger spiritually for being here at Siena and that in turn makes me a better teacher and social worker.

My teaching philosophy:

I try to be a role model. How? I stay grounded in the real world of my profession, stay contemporary and on top of my game, ignite passion, am involved, set high standards but allow for human fallibility, am creative and challenging, laugh often, and encourage thinking outside the box!

This was a first and only advocacy leadership award given by the NYS Social Work Education Association in recognition of more than 15 years of organizing and leading an annual legislative advocacy day for BSW and MSW students and faculty from across the state.
category: Service-Professional
NYS Social Work Education Association, 2015
ºSocial Work Educator of the Year, Fall 2008, NYS Social Work Education Association.
category: Teaching
NYS Social Work Education Association, 2008
The New Social Worker
Career Reflections of Social Work Educators
Lycem Books
The New Social Worker
Quick Hits for Service-Learning: Successful Strategies from Award-Winning Educators
Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: A Social Work Practice Casebook
Columbia Press
Certified Social Worker (CSW)
Teaching about Differences from Social Work college courses
ACE initiative with Troy Middle School to promote college bound students for the future, Loudonville, New York
Runaway and Homeless Youth Panel
April, 2016
HUD Regional Summit on Housing and Community Development, Saratoga Springs, New York
Advocacy Strategies for Helping Those Who Are Not Seen or Heard
March, 2016
Tips for Working With Adolescents
January, 2015
ACE trailblazer and girl scout leaders training, Albany, New York
Policy Advocacy for Homeless Youth
Annual NYS Social Work Education Association Conference, Albany, New York
Seeking inspiration for higher ground from within and with others
November, 2015
Annual Conference for the New York State Social Work Education Association, Saratoga Springs, New York
Catching Fire! Helping Students Find Their Voices and Commitment to Policy Advocacy
May, 2014
Policy Conference 2.0, Austin, Texas
Are BSW and MSW Students Learning Essentially the Same Thing in their Policy Courses or are they learning on a policy continuum?
May, 2014
Policy Conference 2.0, Austin, Texas
Lunch Time Panel- How to help youth today
March, 2014
Community Forum 2.0 sponsored by ACE, Albany, New York
Keynote Speaker - 50 Shades of Gray in Politics
October, 2013
Annual NYS Social Work Education Association Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York
Preparing Students for Successful Legislative Action
October, 2012
Annual NYS Social Work Education Association Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York
Tips for Working with Adolescents
June, 2012
ACE trailblazer and girl scout leaders training, Albany, New York
Catholic Social Teaching in the Classroom
Event of the Siena College Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy, Albany, New York
Social Work Students Can Make A Difference in Politics
October, 2010
NYS Social Work Education Association, Saratoga Springs, New York
What is Social Responsibility
February, 2010
Social Responsibility/Social Investing sponsored by Siena FMA, Albany, New York
What does a Wiki have to do with homeless youth?
June, 2009
Siena College Service Learning Conference, Albany, New York
'Are Our Alumni Engaged in Policy Advocacy?'
Annual Baccalaureate Program Directors Conference, Destin, Florida
When our Neighbors Come to live with US
October, 2007
Global Studies Presentation to the Siena campus, Albany, New York
Case to Cause Advocacy: it's about change for the Individual AND change in the systems
September, 2007
Annual conference of the Empire State Coalition for Youth and Family Services, Catskills, New York
An open forum on Gun Violence
Siena College Forum on gun violence, Albany, New York
Putting a Face on Runaway and Homeless Youth in Albany County
Albany County Youth Bureau - Youth Summit, Albany, New York