Growing up in Minnesota I learned to appreciate all 4 seasons - especially the fall and first snowfall. As a child, I spent a lot of time outdoors and up north near Brainerd, MN. I was introduced to sports at a young age and played volleyball and golf in high school. 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. I met my husband, René, at the UofA while he was completing his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering. René currently works at Boeing as an Aerodynamics Engineer. We have one son and one daughter.
After graduate school I started working in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas researching the intersection of family of origin, communication processes, mental health, and relationship quality in 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 = A-leash-a
Woszidlo = Vo-seed-lo