Monika Alesnik

Assistant Director of Operations
University Staff
DTPHX Campus


Monika Alesnik, PhD, MS, CHSE serves as the assistant director of operations for the Grace Center for Innovation and Nursing Education at the Edson College of Nursing.  Dr. Alesnik, works directly with the Center Director to manage more than a million-dollar budget and manages the administration side of the center.    She came from Holland & Knight, an international law firm. Prior to joining the firm, Dr. Alesnik was the Associate Director of Development for the University of South Florida Diabetes Center, where she directly worked with the top funded NHI researcher in Type 1 Diabetes.  During her time at USF she led the team to advocate on myriad public policy issues on behalf of Center and was instrumental in advancing the Center in being a State recognized Institute. 

She has more than 10 years of experience in high education, curriculum development, fund-development and public policy.  Dr. Alesnik earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a specialty in higher education from the University of South Florida where she also earned a graduate certificate in college teaching during her doctoral studies.  Her research interests include experiential education, adult learning, evaluation and curriculum development to inspire transformative learning.  She also holds a Master’s degree from Springfield College in Organizational Management and Leadership and a Bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary social sciences.

When not working, Monika enjoys spending time with her husband, two teenage girls and their dogs.  She is avid fan of performing arts and loves Hockey.


PhD in Curriculum and Instruction 

Research Interests

Experiential Education, Healthcare Simulation, Public Policy and Adult Learning Theory.