Savitri Dixon-Saxon

Vice Provost
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
No Specific Program Affiliation

Dr. Savitri Dixon-Saxon is the Vice Provost for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. With a 27 year career in higher education, Savitri Dixon-Saxon has been an administrator at Walden since 2005. She started her career at Walden as the program director for the M.S. in Mental Health Counseling and most recently served as the dean of the School of Counseling and the Barbara Solomon School of Social Work and Human Services. In her time at Walden, she has provided oversight for the establishment of two schools; the establishment of eleven academic programs; and accreditation for five counseling programs by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational programs (CACREP), accreditation of the Master of Social Work program and candidacy for accreditation for the Bachelor of Social Work program through the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE). Dr. Dixon-Saxon primary areas of interest are the psychosocial identity of African American women; intergenerational workplace dynamics; and leadership and mentoring in distance education. As a single and custodial parent herself, Dr. Dixon-Saxon has focused her research on the issues of African-American single mothers, especially those who are in poverty and those who are trying to achieve and maintain middle-class status as single parents. In 2013, Savitri was named a Woman Worth Watching by the Diversity Journal. Since January 2016, Savitri has served as the chair of Walden’s Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. A trained counselor educator, Savitri is a licensed professional counselor in North Carolina and national certified counselor. She is also a graduate of Walden’s Master of Business Administration program.


PhD, N.C. State University

MBA, Walden University

MEd, University of South Carolina

BS, University of South Carolina

Awards / Honors

Women Worth Watching Award Winner, Diversity Journal, 2013

Research Dissemination Support Grant, , 2009

Laureate Higher Education Group Award Winner, Laureate Educate, Inc., 2008

Top Education Graduate Academic Achievement Award, NC State University, 2002

Best of Conference Programming Award, NC Housing Officers and College Personnel Association, 1999


Coker, J. K., Dixon-Saxon, S. V. (2018). Curriculum development.

Coker, J. K., Dixon-Saxon, S. V. (2017). Counseling in clinical mental health and private practice settings.

Dixon-Saxon, S. V., Coker, J. K. (2014). Stress and trauma: Coping in today's society.

Dixon-Saxon, S. V. (2009). Diversity and distance education: Cultural competence for on-line instructors.

Reicherzer, S. L., Dixon-Saxon, S. V., Trippany, R. (2009). Quality counselor training in a distance environment. Counseling Today

Dixon-Saxon, S. V. (2008). Spending a quarter like a penny: Internalized oppression and its impact on Black women's overall wellness. Network Magazine

Dixon-Saxon, S. V. (2008). Working ourselves to death: The cost of participating in middle-class America for single African American mothers. Portland Family

Dixon-Saxon, S. V., Bresciani, M. (2003). Assessment of Assessment Plan Reviews: Strengths and Weaknesses. Office of Undergraduate Assessment, Undergraduate Affairs, North Carolina State University.

Bresciani, M., Dixon-Saxon, S. V. (2003). Assessment of Common Outcomes. Office of Undergraduate Assessment, Undergraduate Affairs, North Carolina State University


Dixon-Saxon, S. V., Trippany-Simmons, R., Haight, M. G. (2018). More than a day on the hill: Flipping the script for advocacy. Southern Associatio of Counselor Education and Supervision

Fraser, J., Walsh, M. L., Bever, S. W., Dixon-Saxon, S. V. (2018). Curriculum Development Considerations for Diversity and Inclusion. Walden University

Dixon-Saxon, S. V., McCollum, W., Bever, S. W., Walsh, M. L., Winkelman, K. K., Nabors, N. A. (2017). Courageous Conversations: Diversity and Inclusion Inside and Outside Academia. Walden University

Banks, S. L., Ford, S. J., Rush-Wilson, T. C., Griffin, M. A., Crable, A. R., Harris, S. M., Dixon-Saxon, S. V. (2017). When and Where I Enter: An affinity and peer mentoring group in an on-line university. Walden University

Barkley, W., Bass, J., Saunders, J., Johnson, L., Walsh, M. L., Dixon, S., Swetnam, K. G. (2017). In It Together. Walden University

Dixon-Saxon, S. V., Coker, J. K. (2017). Cultural humility vs. cultural competence. North Carolina Counseling Association

Dixon-Saxon, S. V., Buckley, M., Haight, M. (2011). The practice of gatekeeping in a virtual environment: Lessons learned from an accredited online counselor education program. Association of Counselor Education and Supervision

Dixon-Saxon, S. V. (2006). Honoring Diversity in the Distance Learning Environment. National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, and Kennesaw State University

Dixon-Saxon, S. V., Newsome, G. (2005). Counselors as leaders: Advocates for social change. North Carolina Central University

Dixon-Saxon, S. V., Tyler, R. E. (2005). Understanding our clients, ourselves: Religion, counseling, and sexual orientation. North Carolina Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development