Dr. Dixon is the program director for the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) and the co-director of the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) at Purdue University. She focuses on the recruitment, retention, and enrichment of underrepresented graduate students and provides support for postdocs seeking positions in academia. Dr. Dixon received her BA degree in psychology and her PhD in educational psychology with a concentration in human development from Indiana University. Prior to joining AGEP, Dr. Dixon served as the program director for a Lilly endowment grant at Ancilla College, where she taught psychology and developed recruitment, transition, retention, and diversity programs to support nontraditional and underrepresented college students. Dr. Dixon also worked as a visiting professor at Indiana University Southeast, where she taught courses in human development, education, and psychology. She is committed to increasing and supporting diversity in higher education. Her research interest is based on a multidisciplinary developmental approach to understanding the belief systems and academic achievement of minority college students.