Chair of the Community Organization and Social
Director of Continuing Education
School of Social Work
Dr. Soska has also co-directed the University’s Community Outreach Partnership Center - since 2000 - and has coordinated the Social Work-sponsored Civic Engagement Living-Learning Community since 2006. His is on the advisory board of the new Pitt Serves Office for student community engagement and service learning, He received the Chancellor’s Faculty Public Service Award in 2000, as well as the University Senate’s Service Award in 2008. In addition to serving as a past national chair of the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration, he has served as an Editor of its Journal of Community Practice since 2008. He is co-editor of the book, University-Community Partnership: Universities in Civic Engagement and has written and presented extensively on community engagement and service learning. Prior to joining the faculty in 1993, Soska was a nonprofit executive for over 15 years leading such initiatives as the Westinghouse Valley Human Services Center and the Mon Valley Providers Council during Pittsburgh’s industrial decline, the Urban League of Pittsburgh’s Youth Employment System and Ex-Offender Programs, and the Pittsburgh Neighborhood Alliance and its city-wide crime prevention program. Soska has served in many community leadership roles and boards, including the Collegiate YMCA, the Allegheny County Homeless Advisory Board, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Jefferson Awards Committee. A graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s first class, he has led LP’s annual community session for nearly 30 years.