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Jenny Dixon

Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Communication and Media Arts

Dr. Jenny Dixon (Ph.D., University of Missouri) is featured in Journal of Applied Communication Research, Communication Quarterly, and The Electronic Journal of Communication. Jenny’s research explores work-family balance at the intersection of workplace diversity. Specifically, her research examines how single, child-free, and/or LGBTQ working adults represent and advocate for their work/family balance needs through everyday communication, in the workplace. Jenny’s research also explores work-family balance for working adults belonging to family of choice. All of Jenny’s research occurs with a critical eye, considering lingering gendered distributions of labor, both at home and in the workplace. Her current research seeks to prompt solutions for eliminating work/family balance inequalities.  

Dr. Dixon’s new book, Communication, Advocacy, and Work-Family Balance (Routledge, 2017), is available on Amazon, and Routledge

Title/Position

Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Communication and Media Arts

Department

Communication and Media Arts

Email

jdixon@mmm.edu

Phone

212-774-4861

Degree(s)

PhD., University of Missouri

M.A., Kansas State University

B.A.E.D., Northeastern State University 

Recent Work

Published Articles

Dixon, J. (2017). Queer approaches. In C. R. Scott, L. Lewis, J. R. Barker, J. Keyton, T. Kuhn, P. K. Turner (Eds.), The international encyclopedia of organizational communication (pp. 2023-2030). New York, NY: Wiley-Blackwell. 

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.

Research

Interested in participating in a study about work/life balance? Email Dr. Dixon for details. (For ethical reasons, current students may not participate.)

Teaching

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

Office Hours

Fall 2017: Tuesday, 10:00am-11:20am; Wednesdays, 10:00am-11:21am; by appointment

Location

Nugent Hall 551