Dr. Jenny Dixon (Ph.D., University of Missouri) is an assistant professor in the Communication Arts Department. Dr. Dixon is featured in Journal of Applied Communication Research, Communication Quarterly, and the SAGE Handbook of Sexuality & Communication. Jenny’s research focuses on the navigation of public and private identities communicated in workplace settings. Specifically, her current research focuses on work and family balance for employees of non-traditional family structures (LGBTQ, polyamorous, non married, etc). As a secondary emphasis, Dr. Dixon examines technology as an agenda-setting aspect of public school curricula.
Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Arts
Advisor for the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society
PhD., University of Missouri
M.A., Kansas State University
B.A.E.D., Northeastern State University
Dixon, J. (2015). The workplace socialization of gender identity: A phenomenological exploration of being transgender at work. In J. C. Capuzza & L. G. Spencer (Eds.) Transgender communication studies: History, trends and trajectories. Rowan & Littlefield, Inc.
Dixon, J. (2015). Familyarizing: Work/life balance for single, childfree and chosen family. The Electronic Journal of Communication, 25(1-2).
Dixon, J., & Dougherty, D. S. (2014). A language convergence/meaning divergence analysis exploring how LGBTQ and single employees manage traditional family expectations in the workplace. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 42, 1-19. doi: 10.1080/00909882.2013.847275
Dixon, J. (2013). Uneasy recreation: Workplace social events as problematic sites for communicating sexual orientation. Florida Communication Journal.
Dixon, J. (2012). Communicating (st)ageism: Exploring stereotypes of age and sexuality in the workplace. Research on Aging, 34, 654-669. doi: 10.1177/0164027512450036
Scott, D. K., Chanslor, M., & Dixon, J. (2010). Assessing the ‘alternative’ in alternative media: Democracy Now! vs. the PBS News Hour. Communication Quarterly, 58, 319-340. Doi: 10.1080/01463373.2010.503165
Competitively Selected Conference Presentations
Dixon, J. (2013, April). Uneasy recreation: Workplace social events as problematic sites for communicating sexual orientation. Presented at the Organizational Communication Interest Group at the CSCAannual conference , Kansas City, MO.
Dixon, J., & Dougherty, D. (2012, November). The family hegemony: Exploring how LGBTQ and single employees work around traditional family expectations. Presented at the Organizational Communication Interest Group at NCA annual conference, Orlando, FL. Top Paper Panel.
Scott, D. K., Chanslor, M., & Dixon, J. (2012, November). Revisiting Channel One News: A comparative assessment of news quality. Presented at the Media Studies Interest Group at the NCA annual conference, Orlando, FL.
Dixon, J. (2011, November). Discerning sexuality by sustaining ambiguity: Maintaining workplace sexualities through ironic and strategic meaning-making. Presented at the Organizational Communication Interest Group at NCA annual conference, New Orleans, LA.
Dixon, J. (2010, November). Gendered words for docile bodies: Twenty-five years of presidential AIDS rhetoric. Scholar to Scholar presentation at NCA annual conference San Francisco, CA.
Dixon, J. (2010, November). Queering org comm.: Building bridges between organizational communication and queer theory. Presented at the Organizational Communication Interest Group at NCA annual conference, San Francisco, CA.
Dixon, J. (2009, November). Coping with ‘normal:’ GLBT identity in the workplace. Presented at the LGBTQ Communication Interest Group at NCA annual conference, Chicago, IL.
COMM 104: Interpersonal Communication
COMM 107: Principles and Theories of Communication
COMM 236: Public Speaking in the Digital Age
COMM 250: Organizational Communication
COMM 308: Special Topics: Gender and Communication
GSS: 250: Sexuality Studies
Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30pm