Dr. Aurea K. Osgood

Dr. Osgood has been teaching at Winona State University since 2007. She teaches courses primarily in family sociology ("Sociology of Families" and "Advanced Topics in Family Sociology"), social research methods ("Introduction to Social Research" and "Intermediate Social Research"), and demography (“Population Analysis”).

Dr. Osgood’s research interests include single-father families and fatherhood, poverty and welfare reform, and food insecurity. Dr. Osgood also does research within the Winona community.

Recent Publications

Rahoi-Gilchrest, Rita L & Aurea K. Osgood. (forthcoming 2022). “Fatherhood Is a Sh*T Show”: Narrative, Intertextuality, And Meaning-Making in a Course on Fatherhood. In Communicating Fatherhood: New Directions in Theory, Research, and Education. Vincent Waldron and Thomas Socha (Eds).

Osgood, Aurea K. (2019). Family Demography. In Macmillan Encyclopedia of Intimate and Family Relationships: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Gale.

Osgood, Aurea K. (2017) “Lessons learned from students’ surveys in a Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) program.” Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 10(3): 261-266.

Eaton, Charissa K., Aurea K. Osgood, Dawnette Cigrand, and Ann-Marie Dunbar. (2015). “Faculty Perception of Support to do Their Job Well.” InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching 10, 35-41.

Awards & Community Engagement

In 2015, Dr. Osgood earned the President's Civic Engagement Steward Award.

Dr. Osgood serves as the faculty advisor for Warriors For Kids’ Health, a student club dedicated to raising awareness and funding for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. More than $50,000 has been raised for local children and families. The club was recognized by the Upper Mississippi Valley Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals in 2017 as Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy.

In 2020, WarriorThon received recognition as the Outstanding Engagement Program at WSU.

Dr. Osgood has been nominated multiple times for the Outstanding Organization Advisor Award at WSU.

Dr. Osgood also serves on the Board of Directors for Bluff Country Co-op, Engage Winona, and the Winona State University Alumni Advisory Board, and volunteers with Winona Volunteer Services at the Supplemental Food Shelf.

Dr. Osgood enjoys cooking and baking, reading, gardening, and doing crafts.


MS - Leadership Education, Winona State University, 2016

PhD - Family Sociology and Demography, Bowling Green State University, 2008

MA - Sociology, Bowling Green State University, 2003

BA - Sociology, Winona State University, 2000