I was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. At a young age I was introduced to sports and fell in love with volleyball. Upon graduating from Cretin-Derham Hall High School, I received a scholarship to play college volleyball at Northern Michigan University in the Upper Peninsula in Marquette, Michigan. After NMU, I ventured to the Southwest and started graduate school at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, where I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication.
After graduate school, I started working in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas researching the intersection of communication processes, mental health, family functioning, and relationship quality within the context of family relationships (i.e., marital dyads, parent-child dyads and triads). I was promoted to associate professor with tenure in Spring 2015.
I am also the academic director and a member of the core faculty for the Kansas Women's Leadership Institute (KWLI). The KWLI is a uniquely funded program supported by both the U.S. Department of State’s Study of US Institute’s (SUSI) programs on Women’s Leadership and donor gifts to the KU Endowment Association. It is a 6-week academic program for undergraduate leaders which takes place every summer that develops leadership competencies, cultivates a spirit of collaboration, and elevates the power of women’s voices. This is by far the highlight of my summer each year.
How to pronounce my name:
Alesia = Ah-leash-ah
Woszidlo = Vo-seed-lo