Dr. Andrew Dix

Assistant Professor

Dr. Andrew Dix
615-898-4918
Room 309, Jones Hall (JH)
MTSU Box 200, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi (2012)
  • M.A., Southern Illinois University (2007)
  • B.A., Western Illinois University (2001)

Areas of Expertise

Communication in Sports

Humor during Social Interaction

Interpersonal Attraction

Biography

I currently serve as the coordinator of COMM 2200 (director of the basic course).

Publications

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Dix, A. C. (Accepted). "And 1" more piece of evidence of discrimination against black basketball players. Howard Journal of Communications. doi: 10.1080/10646175.2018.1491434 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10646175.2018.1491434

Dix, A. C. (2017). Perceptions of the on-field success and likeability of athletes after claims of int...

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Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Dix, A. C. (Accepted). "And 1" more piece of evidence of discrimination against black basketball players. Howard Journal of Communications. doi: 10.1080/10646175.2018.1491434 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10646175.2018.1491434

Dix, A. C. (2017). Perceptions of the on-field success and likeability of athletes after claims of interpersonal domestic violence. The Florida Communication Journal, 45, 67-80.

Dix, A. C. (2017). A decade of referee bias against college football programs from historically black colleges and universities. International Journal of Science Culture and Sport, 5, 197-212.

Dix, A. C. (2017). Comparing and contrasting the communication of dark-skinned and light-skinned African American basketball players. Journal of the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri, 47, 47-69.  

Dix, A. C. (2016). Allegations of performance-enhancing drug use and their affect on perceptions of athlete intellect. International Journal of Sport Studies, 6, 412-422.  

Dix, A. C. (2015). Ethos in sports: An Aristotelian examination focused on source credibility and the modern day athlete. Sport Science Review, 24, 267-284.

Dix, A. C. (2015). Sociocommunicative style in sport: A perceptual investigation focused on sexual orientation and communication in the game of football. The Florida Communication Journal, 43, 77-90.  

Dix, A. C. (2015). This is not an inside joke: Perceptible attributes influence the successful communication of humor. Ohio Communication Journal, 53, 11-27.  

Dix, A. C. (2014). Laughing all the way to the questionnaire bank: A mixed methods examination of humor appreciation after a brief communication. Israeli Journal of Humor Research: An International Journal, 5, 8-25.  

Dix, A. C. (2013). A new era of courtship: Let me contemplate our speed-date to determine the interconnectedness of conversation and physical attraction. Interpersona: An International Journal of Personal Relationships, 7, 246-259.  

Dix, A. C. (2013). Exploring intelligence and interpersonal communication: An analysis of intellectual perceptions in a real dating arena. Iowa Journal of Communication, 45, 135-154. 

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Awards

Selected Awards:

(2018) Top Faculty Paper in the Intercultural Communication Division of the Southern States Communication Association

(2016) Top Papers Session for the Communication and Sport Division of the National Communication Association

Research/Scholarly Activity

My research agenda focuses on the intersection of communication and sport. The most recent line of scholarship that I have explored within this purview has concentrated on exposing socio-cultural issues in the world of intercollegiate athletics. More specifically, I use statistical methods to uncover patterns of referee bias that have placed minority groups at a disadvantage on the field of play. My previous sports communication research looked at perceptions of athlete sexuality and the perc...

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My research agenda focuses on the intersection of communication and sport. The most recent line of scholarship that I have explored within this purview has concentrated on exposing socio-cultural issues in the world of intercollegiate athletics. More specifically, I use statistical methods to uncover patterns of referee bias that have placed minority groups at a disadvantage on the field of play. My previous sports communication research looked at perceptions of athlete sexuality and the perceptual effects of being linked to performance-enhancing drugs in sports. It was at the beginning of my academic career that my research investigated interpersonal attraction and the communication of humor.

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In the Media

1) The Daily Mail (UK):

http:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6095571/womens-basketball-players-historically-black-schools-whistled-SIGNIFICANTLY-higher-rate.html/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6095571/womens-basketball-players-historically-black-schools-whistled-SIGNIFICANTLY-higher-rate.html

2) College Basketball Today:

https://cbbtoday.com/now/study-finds-women-basketball-players-face-disproportionate-racial-bias/://cbbtoday.com/now/study-finds-women-basketball-players-face-disproportionate-racial-bias/

3) Current Newspapers (Washington, D.C.):

https://currentnewspapers.com/more-fouls-hbcu-women/

4) Blacks in Higher Education:

https://www.jbhecom/2018/09/study-finds-racial-bias-directed-against-women-basketball-players-at-hbcus/

5) HBCU Digest:

https://hbcudigest.com/study-suggests-bias-in-officiating-of-hbcu-womens-basketball-games/

6) It'sBiggerthanBasketball.com:

https://itsbiggerthantheball.com/2018/09/16/study-reveals-that-womens-basketball-players-at-historically-black-colleges-are-whistled-more/://itsbiggerthantheball.com/2018/09/16/study-reveals-that-womens-basketball-players-at-historically-black-colleges-are-whistled-more/

7) InsideHigherEd.com:

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2018/09/28/study-reveals-bias-against-womens-basketball-teams-historically-black-colleges

8) DiverseEducation.com:

https://diverseeducation.com/article/128341/

9) The Nashville Post:

https://www.nashvillepost.com/sports/sports-business/blog/21025582/mtsu-study-finds-bias-in-basketball-officiating

10) Nashville Public Radio:

http://www.nashvillepublicradio.org/post/mtsu-study-women-s-basketball-fouls-points-signs-possible-bias#stream/0://www.nashvillepublicradio.org/post/mtsu-study-women-s-basketball-fouls-points-signs-possible-bias#stream/0

11) AthleticManagement.com:

http://athleticmanagement.com/content/study-indicates-officiating-bias

12) GlobalSportsMatters.com:

https://globalsportmatters.com/youth/2018/11/19/study-shows-hbcu-teams-penalized-more-than-others/

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Courses

Selected Courses:

Communication and Sport

Research Methods

Interpersonal Communication

Strategic Communication in Organizations

Introduction to Organizational Communication

Small Group Communication

Business and Professional Speaking

Fundamentals of Communication