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matthew heinz


Vice-Provost, Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies


Interdisciplinary Studies


matthew heinz is founding dean of the College of Interdisciplinary Studies and a professor in the School of Communication and Culture whose work focuses on the intersections of language, gender identity, sexual orientation and culture. He examines intercultural and international communication via performative writing, qualitative studies and discourse analysis. He led a community-guided transgender needs assessment for Vancouver Island, which started in 2010. heinz’s work has appeared in The Journal of Pragmatics, Multilingua, Communication Teacher, Journal of Homosexuality, Communication Education, The Journal of International Communication, Communication Studies and the Journal of Cognition and Communication. Originally from Germany, he has lived and worked in North America since the 1980s.


heinz joined Royal Roads in 2006, as an associate professor and director of the School of Communication and Culture. In 2008, he was appointed associate dean of the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences, before becoming dean in 2011. Prior to Royal Roads, heinz taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bowling Green State University and the University of North Dakota. He also worked as a print journalist in the United States.


heinz earned his PhD in communication studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his MSc in communication studies from Fort Hays State University, where his thesis was selected as most outstanding of 1989. heinz won the Central States Communication Association Outstanding New Teacher Award in 2001. His journalistic work in the U.S. was recognized by more than 20 first- and second-place awards in national and regional competitions.