SMU Faculty Experts

Maria Dixon Hall

Chief Diversity Officer at SMU
Associate Professor, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs


Maria Dixon Hall’s primary research interests are organizational strategy and planning, as well as, the intersection of power, identity, and culture in corporate, non-profit, and religious organizations.

She has taught Introduction to Communication Theory; Management Communication; Communication in Civil Society Organizations; Communication in Organizational Contexts; Ethnicity, Gender, and Culture: and Introduction to Critical Studies in Communication

As Chief Diversity Officer at SMU, she is a senior-level resource and a strategic partner who collaborates with SMU faculty, students, administrators and staff – both initiating and reporting the outcome of diversity initiatives, policies and programs. Dixon Hall works to align the University’s efforts to recruit, retain, support and promote diverse faculty, staff and students, and will convene a University Diversity Council to connect the missions of the diversity officers of each school and administrative unit.

Her research and professional consulting is focused on the implications of identity, power, and organizational culture on the strategic communication of religious and non-profit organizations. 

Can Discuss:

  • Management Communications
  • Communication in Civil Society Organizations
  • Diversity, Equity and Access

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