Dixie has been teaching in Undergraduate program since 1985. She has developed a successful curriculum for personal trainers, providing both theoretical content and practical experiences in that Specialization. She is a spokesperson for ACE, and serves on the Editorial Board for the ACSM Health & Fitness Journal and GSSI Speakers Bureau. She has has been a fitness editor for Shape magazine and a 5-star presenter for IDEA, presenting extensively at both national and international conferences. Her research generally involves current fitness topics, but has been expanded to include strategic health communication, including her work with the award winning Gatorade Replay on Fox Sports. Dixie received the inaugural Departmental Teaching Excellence Award in 2011, was selected as a Provost's Teaching Fellow in 2015, and named as a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine in 2017.