MDH: The Scholar.

Senior Advisor to the Provost

Campus Cultural Intelligence Initiatives

Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor

Associate Professor, Organizational Communication

PhD. University of Missouri-Columbia (Organizational Communication and Religion)

As the senior advisor to the Provost, Dr. Dixon oversees CIQ@SMU, Southern Methodist University’s signature campus wide initiative addressing diversity and inclusion. Designing an initiative that will launch SMU into the role of preeminent thought leadership on the use of cultural intelligence in higher education to address issues of human difference, Dr. Dixon’s research on race, identity, and organizational practice is serving as a launching pad for the University’s overall efforts.


 After a BS in Marketing from the University of Alabama, Dr. Dixon completed a Masters of Divinity and Masters of Theology from Emory University, as well as a PhD in Organizational Communication and Religion from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Her research and professional consulting is focused on Strategic Communication for non-profit and religious organizations and the implications of identity, power, and organizational culture on strategic communication. Her work appears in the discipline’s top journals including: Management Communication Quarterly, The Journal of Communication and Religion, Business Communication Quarterly, and Southern Journal of Communication.


Recognized throughout her SMU career by students and peers alike for her passion for teaching/research, Dr. Dixon is the 2005-2006 Willis M. Tate award for service to Student Body; the 2009 Golden Mustang for outstanding teaching and research by junior faculty; 2010 Rotunda Award for Outstanding Teaching; and the 2011 of the “M” Award, SMU’s highest award for outstanding service to the University. In 2016, she was named an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Fellow, SMU’s highest guild for outstanding teaching.

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