Maria Dixon Hall

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Associate Professor and Director of Mustang Consulting, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs, Senior Advisor to the Provost




Dr. Dixon’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. Her work appears in top communication journals including Management Communication Quarterly, Southern Journal of Communication, Liturgy, and the Journal of Communication and Religion. An active organizational consultant, Dr. Dixon founded mustangconsulting, the in-house communication-consulting firm comprised of top students in Comm Studies. mustangconsulting’s clients include Southwest Airlines, Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Ugandan American Partnership Organization and the United Methodist Church.

Recognized throughout her SMU career by students and peers alike for her passion for teaching/research, Dr. Dixon has received the 2005-2006 Willis M. Tate award for service to Student Body; the 2009 Golden Mustang for outstanding teaching and research by junior faculty; the 2010 Rotunda Award for Outstanding Teaching; and the 2011 “M” Award, SMU’s highest award for outstanding service to the university.


Ph.D. in Organizational Communication, University of Missouri-Columbia
Th.M. in Homiletics, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
M.Div., Candler School of Theology, Emory University
B.S. in Marketing, the Culverhouse School of Business, University of Alabama

Recent Work

Professional Experience

Sales Specialist-Dow Chemical North America/Atlanta District (1989-1993); Sales Supervisor- Diamond Exteriors- Atlanta District


Dixon, M. A. & McPhail, M.L. (2009). Radical Dialogue: Ella Baker, bell hooks, and a renewed rhetoric of spiritually inspired militancy. Philosophy and the Black Experience, 8, 4-12.

Dixon, M.A. (2008). The Words Get in the Way: The Paradox of Reconciliation. Liturgy.

Dixon, M.A. (2007).Transforming Power: Rethinking our inheritance of Michel Foucault in Organizational Communication. Management Communication Quarterly, 20, 283-290.

Kramer, M., Benoit, P., Dixon, M., & Benoit, J. (2007). Group processes in a teaching renewal retreat. Southern Journal of Communication, 72, 145-169.

Armfield, G., Dixon, M., & Dougherty, D. (2006) The role of religion in voluntary anticipatory socialization. Journal of Religion and Communication, 29, 421-444.

Holbert, R.L., Tschida, D., Dixon, M.A., Airne, D., Cherry, K. (2005). “The West Wing” and Depictions of the American presidency: Expanding the domains of framing in political communication. Communication Quarterly,53, 505-522

Dixon, M.A.(2004). Silencing of the lambs: The Catholic Church’s response to the 2002 sexual abuse scandal. Journal of Religion and Communication, 27, 63-86

Course list

Introduction to Communication Theory   
Management Communication; Communication in Civil Society Organizations   
Communication in Organizational Contexts  
Ethnicity, Gender, and Culture  
Introduction to Critical Studies in Communication  
The Construction of Social Identity and Critical Theory in Post Colonial Settings  
Philanthropy and Donor Communication  


Maria Dixon Hall