I am the mother of two children (a son. Lance, 35 and a daughter, Lindsay, 31) and our family includes three dogs: my daughter's dog: Skyy (top left), my son, daughter-in-laws' (Jess) and granddaughter's dog Luna (top right) and, finally, my dog, Kaiah (center bottom). My husband, Al, has no dogs; it's his only fault :). I enjoy reading fantasy novels (David Eddings, R.A. Salvatore, J.R.R. Tolkein, Mercedes Lackey, Terry Brooks, Anne Rice), constructing dollhouses and watching NFL football (Cowboys, Colts and Raiders)!
COM 597 Introduction to Theories of Communication - Summer, 2014
2007 It's not what you say, it's that you say it! (pdf version)
1993 PhD., Communication Research, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
1983 MA English Education, Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, MO
1979 BSE English, Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, MO
July 2017 - present
Professor of Communication and Associate Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN
July 2015 - June, 2017
Associate Professor of Communication and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN
January 2006 - May 2015
Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Communication at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN.
September 2002 - August 2006
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Communication at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN.
May, 2000 - May, 2003
Associate Professor of the Department of Communication and Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN.
May, 2000 - December, 2002
Associate Professor of the Department of Communication and Director of the Communication Basic Course at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN.
Aug 1993 - May, 2000
Assistant Professor (Associate Professor as of July 1, 1998) and Basic Course Director. Department of Communication, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN.
Undergraduate courses taught: : Fundamentals of Speech Communication, Group Communication, Organizational Communication, Interpersonal Communication; Family Communication; Communicating Peace, Gender Roles and Communication, Freshman seminar: Critical Thinking and Communication
Graduate/Undergraduate courses taught: Nonverbal Communication, Theories of Interpersonal Communication, Theories of Small Group Communication, Communication in Personal Relationships; Communication in the Classroom, Experimental and Observational Communication Research Methods, Inequlity seminar.
Aug 1991 - Aug 1993
Graduate instructor. Communication Studies Dept, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
Undergraduate courses taught: Interpersonal Communication, Business and Professional Speaking, Advertising; Graduate/Undergraduate courses taught: Family Communication, Methods of Communication.
University supervisor of Communication student teachers.
Aug 1989 - 1991
Graduate instructor. Rhetoric Department, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
Undergradute courses taught: Rhetoric (oral and written communication skills course).
Aug 1983 - Aug 1989
Part-time Communication Instructor. Language and Literature Division, Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, MO. Undergraduate courses taught: Speech Communication, Public Relations, Advertising.
Aug 1979 - May 1982
Instructor. Knox County R-I High School, Edina, MO. Courses taught: English, Speech and Drama.
2017 Dixson, M.D. Greenwell, M.G., Weister, T., Rogers-Stacy, C. & Lauer, S. Nonverbal immediacy behaviors and online student engagement: Bringing past research into the present virtual classroom. Communication Education, 66(1), 37-53. doi: 10.1080/03634523.2106.1209222
2015 Measuring Student Engagement In The Online Course: The Online Student Engagement Scale (OSE). Online Learning Journal, 19(4).
2015 Samm, J. & Dixson, M.D. “Comparmentalizing, prioritizing, personalizing: Balancing competing demands” in Quick Hits: Teaching tips for adjunct faculty and lecturers. IU Press
2015 Introduction to “Enhancing professional development”chapter in Quick Hits: Teaching tips for adjunct faculty and lecturers with Julie Saam IU Press
2015 Kern, B., Mettetal, G., Dixson, M.D., & Morgan, R. The role of SoTL in the academy: Upon the 25th anniversary of Boyer’s scholarship reconsidered. Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 15(3), pp. 1-14
2014 An Instrument to Investigate Expectations about and Experiences of the Parent-Child Relationship: The Parent-Child Relationship Schema Scale. Social Sciences, 3(1), 84-114; doi:10.3390/socsci3010084 with Emily Bermes and Suze Fair.
2012 Grading Discussion Forums in the Online Environment. Quick Hits: Teaching with Technology. IU Press: FACET.
2012 Using Team-Based Learning to Engage Students in Online Courses. Quick Hits: Teaching with Technology. IU Press: FACET
2011 Book Review of Engaging the Online Learner: Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction in Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
2010 Creating effective student engagement in online courses: What do students find engaging? Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 10(2), pp. 1-13.
2010 “Distance Makes the Heart Grow Anxious: Managing Long-Distance and Commuter Relationship” for Casing Interpersonal Communication: Case Studies in Personal and Social Relationships. Braithwaite, D. & Wood, J.T. (Eds.). Kendall Hunt.
2006, July Teaching Family Communication Concepts through Family Stories: An Analysis of Stories and Rituals in David Bradley's Harvest Home. Communication Teacher
2006 Creating effective online discussions: Instructor and student roles. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 10 (3) with Michelle Kuhlhorst, MA and Amber Reiff, MA
2001 Teaching Social Construction in the Basic Course: Opening Minds
and Integrating Contexts in Basic Course Annual, 13, pp. 151-173
1999 Distance makes the heart grow fonder: Managing long-distance and commuter relationships. In Braithwaite, D.O. & Wood, J.T. (Eds.) Case studies in interpersonal communication: Process and problems. ITP/Wadsworth Publishing.
1996 "The social construction of marital reality: A lesson plan" Personal Relationships Issues, 3(2), pp. 15-16.
1996 Directing associate faculty: A rich
resource for the basic course Journal of the Association for Communication
Administration, 3, pp. 187-204.
1995 Book review of Stepfamilies - Who benefits? Who does not? Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 13(1), pp. 153-154.
1995 Models and perspectives of parent-child communication. In Socha, T.J. & Stamp, G.(Eds.). Parents, children and communication: Frontiers of theory and research (pp. 43-62). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
1993 with Steve Duck. Understanding relationship processes: Uncovering the human search for meaning. In Duck, S. (Ed.) Individuals in relationships. Vol. 1. London: Sage.
1993 Single mothers and their sons: Everyday communication as a foundation for relationships and children's coping with divorce. Iowa Journal of Speech Communication, 26(1), pp. 45-59.
RECENT AWARDS AND HONORS
2016 PA Mack Award, FACET (Demonstrated excellence and distinguished service to teaching)
2015 Top Panel Paper, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Division, National Communication Association Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV. with Kern, B., Mettetal, G., and Morgan, R
2014 Top Panel Paper, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Division, National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL. with Mackenzie Greenwell, Sara Lauer, Christie Rogers-Stacy, and Tyson Weister
2014-2015 Bender Fellow to create SoTL website
2012 Invited as one of four experts in scholarship of teaching and learning for first MACK Center videoconference “SoTL 101”
2011 Invited Speaker for 3rd Annual Robin Hass Birky Lecture at the 16th Annual Associate Faculty and Lecturers' Conference, October 14th.
2009 Top Panel Paper, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Division, National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.
2008 Phi Kappa Phi
2007 MACK Fellowship
2007 IPFW Friends of the University Outstanding Teacher
2006 FACET Membership
RECENT CONVENTION PRESENTATIONS
2018 Creating a sustainable learning environment within and beyond the classroom. Lilly Conference on Advancing Teaching and Learning, Traverse City, MI, October with Reinhardt-Saam, J.
Sustaining Excellent Teaching. Lilly Conference on Advancing Teaching and Learning, Traverse City, MI, October with Reinhardt-Saam, J.