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Royal Roads University faculty members have valuable insights and opinions from their fields of study to share. They speak a language your audience can relate to through real-world experiences and practical knowledge.

If you’d like to talk with one of our experts for your story, please contact Doug Ozeroff in Communications and Advancement.

Business

  • Assoc. Prof. Geoff Archer is an expert on entrepreneurship, experiential learning, microbusiness and microfinance. Director of the Eric C. Douglass Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies and the president of the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Archer has published a number of works including his 2016 book, #WriteIn16: A Field Guide to the 100 Most Presidential Americans.

  • Prof. Charles Krusekopf is an expert in international business, cross-border innovation collaborations between Canada and Asia and economic and political affairs in Mongolia. Krusekopf has worked on topics in the field of environment and sustainability, including global carbon policies, community-based social marketing and decision making with regard to energy efficiency improvements.

  • Prof. Pedro Márquez is an expert in business ethical dilemmas and teaching entrepreneurship, with a research focus on corporate accountability, Latin American politics and business, Mexico’s business environment and the North America Free Trade Agreement. He is an active director on the board of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce.

  • Prof. Terry Power has expertise in strategic and advanced international studies. Power sits on a number of national boards, including the Knowledge Management Institute of Canada, the Comprehensive Security Studies Group and the Academic Board of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies.

  • Prof. Caroline Rekar Munro’s expertise includes change management, organizational renewal, performance management, leadership development, labour relations, collective bargaining, succession planning and team building. She has published work on bridging multi-generational differences, developing and sustaining high performing teams, ROI from training initiatives, leadership models for transitioning teams to interdependence, wellness management of HR practitioners and mentoring Generation Y.

  • Prof. Mike Thompson has more than 20 year’s banking and management consulting experience, with interest and expertise in business succession planning. Thompson is currently a trustee representing CMC Canada in the International Council for Management Consulting Institutes. He is the co-author of Business Diagnostics, which introduces business owners through a pragmatic and effective “size up” process. Thompson is actively involved in the Victoria technology community.

  • Assist. Prof. Amy Zidulka is the school’s intellectual lead in the areas of communication, critical thinking, creativity and innovation. Her expertise is in mid-level managers as change agents and workplace creativity.      

Communication and Culture

  • Assoc. Prof. David Black is a communication theorist and historian with expertise in media and cultural theory, interpersonal communication, communication history, social marketing, technology criticism and political communication. Black is interested in various practical forms of media production, especially as they relate to using media to teach theory and in the support of social justice issues. He is frequently called upon to comment in the media on various communication topics.

  • Assist. Prof. Juana Du’s professional experience includes cross-cultural adaptation, corporate communication, performance management and innovation. Du’s expertise includes intercultural communication in a globalized world, expatriate training and relocation, organizational diversity and culture, organizational learning and knowledge management and subsidiaries of multinational enterprises and innovation.

  • Prof. matthew heinz focuses on the intersections of language, gender identity, sexual orientation and culture. He led a community-guided transgender needs assessment for Vancouver Island that provided a set of recommendations stressing the need for an island-based information and resourcing center. In his 2016 book, Entering Transmasculinity: The Inevitability of Discourse, heinz examines how transmasculine people self-identify and are represented in images and texts. His current research project examines interpersonal communication needs and expectations of transgender individuals.

  • Assist. Prof. Jaigris Hodson’s specializes in using computer-assisted discourse and content analysis of large multimodal online and digital texts in her research. She is currently researching the importance of soft skills for students and Canadian social media use during elections. Hodson maintains an active role as a social media consultant, working with the Canadian Country Music Association on the social media strategy for the internationally broadcast Canadian Country Music Awards.

  • Assoc. Prof. Julia Jahansoozi is a public relations academic with more than 12 years of teaching experience. Her expertise revolves around organization-community relationships, stakeholder engagement and collaboration, corporate social responsibility and development communication.

  • Assoc. Prof. Zhenyi Li is dedicated to promoting intercultural understanding, cross-cultural adaptation and multiculturalism. His areas of expertise include intercultural branding and marketing and the connection between intercultural communication and health-related knowledge, attitude and beliefs. Li has published a book, several book chapters, dozens of journal articles and thousands of blogs on intercultural communication.

  • Assoc. Prof. Virginia McKendry has expertise in Indigenous relations, the cultural impact of family values metaphors embedded in political discourses, courageous leadership and the history of women in public relations.

  • Assist. Prof. Chaseten Remillard has expertise in visual and professional communications. Remillard’s research includes topics as varied as homelessness, Canadian artist Bill Reid, hockey art, the Alberta Oil Sands, and shark films. Despite this eclecticism, he consistently interrogates how images gain and transmit meaning and how these meanings serve to reinforce particular “ways of seeing” ourselves and the world around us.

  • Assoc. Prof. Geo Takach focuses his expertise on on environmental communication and related issues about democracy. His extensive work as a professional communicator, writer and documentary filmmaker spans hundreds of publications in speeches, print (books, magazines, newspapers, corporate fare,) film, radio, television and video. Takach has two new books due to be published in 2016, Tar Wars (University of Alberta Press) and Scripting the Environment (Palgrave Macmillan).

  • Prof. Phillip Vannini is an ethnographer, filmmaker and author who has conducted research on BC Ferries, off-grid living, small island cultures and communities, wildness and wilderness, everyday life, the cultural aspects of the human senses, food and culture, and sense of place. Currently he is researching the cultural dimensions of UNESCO World Heritage natural sites, across both Canada and the world. Recently Vannini published Off the Grid: Re-Assembling Domestic Lifethe culmination of three years of research into the lives of people across Canada who live off the grid, a project that led to the production of the film Life off-grid.
  • Prof. Jennifer Walinga was a member of Canada’s Commonwealth, World and Olympic gold medal rowing teams from 1983 to 1992. Her expertise includes organizational communication, team dynamics, creative insight, social innovation, workplace health, sport education and high performance.

Conflict Management

  • Assist. Prof. Eva Malisius’ recent research has built her expertise in conflict competence in leadership and teams, human rights related to early stages of human life and the integration of video assignments in learning and teaching. She often writes and speaks about conflict in all of its aspects from the interpersonal to the community level, the national to the international level, encouraging all of us to consider conflict as a fact of life and how to engage with conflict more constructively.

Disaster and Emergency Management

  • Prof. Robin Cox is an expert in the psychosocial dimensions of disasters, disaster resilience and traumatic stress and coping. Cox is the principal investigator and co-founder of the Youth Creating Disaster Recovery and Resilience (YCDR) project.  She is an experienced provider of psychological first aid, critical incident stress management and a range of counselling interventions with traumatic stress and anxiety disorders.

  • Assoc. Prof. Jean Slick has significant experience leading disaster recovery activities in both domestic and international contexts. Much of her disaster management experience has focused on issues related to sheltering. Slick held a range of leadership positions with the Canadian Red Cross in 28 years with the organization, including director of disaster management and international services for Western Canada.

Education

  • Prof. Doug Hamilton is an expert on problem-based learning, integrative learning, online course facilitation, school improvement and transformative change processes. He has extensive experience in both domestic and international program development.

  • Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Childs is an expert in educational technology, instructional design, adult education and online learning, each inspiring research including the changing face of distance education, models for online synchronous problem based learning, creation of online communities and digital habitats, the use of social media in problem based learning environments and models for professional development. 

  • Assoc. Prof. Tamara Leary’s areas of expertise and research interests include student services, student development, adult education, program development and assessment, student recruitment and retention, higher education administration and leadership, strategic enrolment management and international student supports.

Environment and Sustainability

  • Prof. Ann Dale has received national and international recognition for her research of sustainable community development, serving as the Royal Roads’ Canada research chair from 2004 to 2014. She is an environmental activist and innovator with expertise in Canadian governance, public policy, climate change, innovation and community vitality.

  • Prof. Matt Dodd is an expert in environmental analytical chemistry. He has conducted research and served as project scientist for numerous environmental projects in Canada and China. He has also supervised or provided scientific advice on environmental remediation of contaminated sites in the Canadian Arctic, including the DEW Line. Dodd is a member of Bioaccessibility Research Canada, a board member of the Vancouver Island Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association, member of the CRD Air Quality Working Group.

  • Assoc. Prof. Richard Kool’s wide-ranging expertise includes environmental education and communication, dinosaurs, Northwest coast native whaling, marine invertebrates and museum exhibit design. Kool is active in the Victoria Holocaust Remembrance and Education Society.

  • Assoc. Prof. Chris Ling has expertise in planning and landscape in human environments. His main areas of research are sustainable community development, landscape planning, quality of life, urban and post-industrial landscapes and sustainability. Ling has also been involved in the Solar Colwood project, a local municipal green energy incentive program and research into understanding impact of the spread of agriburban regions.

Humanitarian Studies

  • Prof. Marnie Jull is a specialist in interpersonal, workplace and organizational conflict with particular expertise in decision-making, values-based action, and communication. She has experience with a variety of sectors including not-for-profit, university, religious organizations, business and government. Jull is one of a group of scholar-practitioners developing an innovative insight approach to conflict mediation.

  • Assist. Prof. Eva Malisius’ recent research has built her expertise in conflict competence in leadership and teams, human rights related to early stages of human life and the integration of video assignments in learning and teaching. She often writes and speaks about conflict in all of its aspects from the interpersonal to the community level, the national to the international level, encouraging all of us to consider conflict as a fact of life and how to engage with conflict more constructively.

Human Security and Peacebuilding

  • Prof. Kenneth Christie is head of the Human Security and Peacebuilding program. He is an expert on peace, development, democracy, human rights and human security. He is currently building his expertise on issues of religion, ethnic and state formation/ failure in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

  • Assist. Prof. Eva Malisius’ recent research has built her expertise in conflict competence in leadership and teams, human rights related to early stages of human life and the integration of video assignments in learning and teaching. She often writes and speaks about conflict in all of its aspects from the interpersonal to the community level, the national to the international level, encouraging all of us to consider conflict as a fact of life and how to engage with conflict more constructively.

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Prof. Brian Belcher is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair and professor for the College of Interdisciplinary Studies. He is an expert in the role and potential of natural resources to sustainably contribute to rural development and on research effectiveness. He is also a senior associate scientist with the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Consortium Research Program of Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. Belcher is an avid cyclist and president of the Greater Victoria Velodrome Association.

  • Assist. Prof. Jaigris Hodson’s specializes in using computer-assisted discourse and content analysis of large multimodal online and digital texts in her research. She is currently researching the importance of soft skills for students and Canadian social media use during elections. Hodson maintains an active role as a social media consultant, working with the Canadian Country Music Association on the social media strategy for the internationally broadcast Canadian Country Music Awards.

  • Assoc. Prof. Siomonn Pulla’s expertise includes participatory and collaborative research, corporate-Indigenous relations and Indigenous learning systems. His specific research interests include the history of Indigenous-settler relations in the Commonwealth, northern issues and Métis political resurgence and representation in Canada. He blogs at www.siomonnpulla.com.

  • Prof. Bernard Schissel’s areas of expertise include youth crime and justice, the sociology and marginalization of children and youth, socio-legal studies and Indigenous studies. He is currently working on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded project focusing on mentorship and political and civic engagement of students in China and Canada.

Leadership

  • Assoc. Prof. Kathy Bishop has expertise in creative and collaborative leadership, health and wellness, reflexivity and ethics and utilizing artistic and action research for positive organizational change.

  • Assoc. Prof. Catherine Etmanski is an expert in areas related to social and environmental justice, teaching participatory research, and the use of art-based methods in promoting dialogue and democracy.

  • Brigitte Harris is the acting dean for the Faculty of Applied and Social Sciences. She has expertise in narrative inquiry and arts-based research, learning and teaching in higher education, workplace and professional education and leadership in healthcare settings. Harris has also worked with the B.C. government, in research, evaluation, stakeholder consultation and engagement strategies for organizational transformation.

  • Prof. Elizabeth Hartney is an expert on healthcare policy in British Columbia, specifically in the areas of mental health and substance use and interconnections with primary care. She has authored numerous publications related to stress, mental health, addictions and domestic violence, including two books. Hartney is a Registered Psychologist in B.C. with areas of focus including the treatment of addiction, trauma and chronic pain.

  • Assist. Prof. Cheryl Heykoop’s expertise focuses on participatory action research, resilience, nature-based leadership, creative storytelling, child rights, child and youth engagement in truth commissions, and the lived experiences of young people with disasters, conflict, and chronic illness (e.g. cancer).

  • Assist. Prof. Wanda Krause’s expertise is in women’s leadership, gender, organizational development, civil society and the Middle East.

  • Prof. Wendy Rowe has expertise in strategic partnerships, community engagement, action research, stress transformation, leadership thriving and women’s leadership. Rowe has produced more than 100 studies across the juvenile justice, law enforcement, substance abuse, mental health, education and social services sectors.

  • Prof. Marilyn Taylor is an expert in emergent learning, organizational culture change and innovation, values-based leadership, wisdom in leadership and graduate leadership education.

Tourism and Hospitality

  • Assoc. Prof. Geoffrey Bird is an expert in war heritage, remembrance tourism, community development, poverty alleviation, sustainable tourism, cultural landscapes, tourism human resource development policy and practice and the visitor experience.

  • Assist. Prof. and Program Head Theresa MacKay is an expert in Scottish culture, heritage, history, events and tourism, appearing on both the CBC and BBC for her work in the museum sector and women’s history.

  • Assoc. Prof. Eugene Thomlinson is an expert in tourism market research and management. He is well travelled, has taught tourism and hospitality in Canada and Australia and has previously worked for the Canadian Tourism Commission and Parks Canada.

  • Prof. Brian White is an expert in heritage and cultural tourism, ecotourism, First Nations tourism planning and destination development. White is a passionate horticulturalist and naturalist and represents Royal Roads University as a member of the BC Garden Tourism Coalition.

  • Assist. Prof. Rebecca Wilson-Mah has expertise in case studies of performance management, internal brand management, progressive discipline and housekeeping operations. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, she has travelled overseas extensively living in Zambia, Western Samoa and Japan. Wilson-Mah has previously worked in human resources for the Fairmont Empress hotel Tourism British Columbia.