Rev. Dr. Maria Dixon Hall
Dr. Maria Dixon is currently the Senior Advisor to the Provost and Associate Professor of Organizational Communication, Director of Communication Studies, and adjunct associate professor of Homiletics at Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas.
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.
She is the author of the “View from Dixon Hall”, the highly rated blog on the Progressive Christian Channel of Patheos.com. A regular contributor to the United Methodist Reporter and The Religious News Service, Dr. Dixon also writes for CNN and Time Magazine on issues of race and politics.
Dr. Dixon is an ordained Deacon in the North Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She serves as the Scholarship Chair for the North Texas Alumni Association of the University of Alabama, an advisory board member of the Perkins Theology Center for Preaching Excellence, Preaching Mentor for the Academy of Preachers, and on the Advisor’s Board for Project Transformation. Maria is an avid fan of University of Alabama Football and exhibits her ecumenical side by remaining happily married to Rev. Jeff Hall, Senior Pastor of Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church (and Duke Alum) and proud mother of elementary students, Carnell, Harmony, and Faith.
Dixon, M (2017). Warning Shots: Subcultural Demarcation and the Sermons of the 1979 SBC. Southern Communication Journal.
Dixon, M. (2017). Careers in Corporate Communication. In Laurie Lewis, Craig Scott, and Joann Keyton (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication. Sage Publications.
Dixon, M. (2013). The Exiled Native: Black Scholars and the Paradox of Voice in the work for justice. In Scholz, S. (Ed.), God Loves Diversity: Progressive Theologians Speak Out. Lexington Press:Rowan and Littlefield.
Dixon, M., Armfield, G. G. (2013). Not in my sandbox: Organizational Culture, Identity, and Interfaith Conflict. In Brown, D. (Ed.), Interfaith Dialogue: Listening to Communication Thoery. Maryland: Lexington:Rowman and Littlefield.
Dixon, M. (2011). In M. Medhurst (Ed.), With Words: Doxtader's New Beginnings in Reconciliation (3rd ed., vol. 14, pp. 562-565). Rhetoric and Public Affairs.
Dixon, M., Dougherty, D. S. (2010). Managing Multiple meanings of organizational culture. Journal of Business Communication, 47, 3-19.
Dixon, M., McPhail, M. (2009). Radical dialogue: Ella Baker, bell hooks, and a renewal rhetoric of spiritually inspired militancy. Philosophy and the Black Experience..
Dixon, M. (2008). The Words get in the way: The Paradox of reconciliation. Liturgy, 23(4), 3-9.
Dixon, M. (2007). Exiled: Voices of the Southern Baptist Holy War (pp. 549-551). Rhetoric and Public Affairs.
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Akola Project, Uganda/Dallas
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