Dr. Jenny Dixon (Ph.D., University of Missouri) is an assistant professor and chair of the Communication & Media Arts Department. Dr. Dixon is featured in Journal of Applied Communication Research, Communication Quarterly, and The Electronic Journal of Communication. Jenny’s research explores workplace diversity through consideration of family structure. Specifically, her current research considers how working adults represent and advocate for their work/family balance needs through everyday communication, in the workplace. Jenny’s dissertation research illuminated the ways in which employees belonging to non-traditional family structures (e.g. single, child free, LGBT) yield to the needs of their traditionally-familied counterparts (i.e. opposite sex spouse and children). Her current research seeks to craft solutions to eliminate work/family balance inequalities.
Department of Communication and Media Arts
PhD., University of Missouri
M.A., Kansas State University
B.A.E.D., Northeastern State University
Dixon, J., & Liberman, C. J. (2016). Shedding light on dark structures constraining work/family balance: A structurational approach. In E. S. Gilchrist-Petty & S. D. Long (Eds.), Contexts of the Dark Side of Communication (pp. 281-292). New York, NY: Peter Lang.
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. (2015, November). The familial is political: Understanding family as a fulcrum of workplace diversity. Presented at the Organizational Communication Interest Group at NCA annual conference, Las Vegas, NV.
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.
Interested in participating in a study about work/life balance? Email Dr. Dixon for details. (For ethical reasons, current students may not participate.)
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
COMM 450: Senior Capstone
GSS: 250: Sexuality Studies
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