matthew heinz appointed Vice-Provost

July 12, 2017
Vice-Provost matthew heinz

Royal Roads University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. matthew heinz to the newly created position of vice-provost (research and interdisciplinary studies), effective July 1, 2017. The founding dean of the College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads, heinz brings more than 25 years of research and teaching experience to the role.

The vice-provost will be responsible for ensuring academic excellence in both teaching and research in the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration across the university and ensuring rigorous support structures are in place for graduate studies and research university-wide.  

heinz joined Royal Roads in 2005 as an associate professor and director of the School of Communication and Culture. He became dean of the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences in 2011 and founding dean of the College of Interdisciplinary Studies in 2016. 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.

“Dr. heinz is an exceptional scholar, teacher and administrator. We are delighted he has accepted this new role and the opportunities it provides to deepen the impact of the research we do here at Royal Roads,” says Vice-President Academic and Provost (Acting), Dr. Pedro Márquez. “I know his thoughtful approach and careful guidance will bring tremendous benefits to our researchers and students.”

heinz (who uses the lower case for his name) earned his PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and his Master of Science in Communication Studies from Fort Hays State University. He 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.

“Research conducted by faculty and students at Royal Roads is inherently interdisciplinary and typically aims to facilitate change and build community capacity,” says Vice-Provost heinz. “I’m looking forward to helping the university profile our interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex social problems.”

The appointment to vice-provost is for a five-year term, with an opportunity for renewal.

As vice-provost, heinz will continue to act as dean of the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, with the two roles intersecting in his work. He will be responsible for planning and executing the college’s strategic plan, as well as enhancing the quality and integrity of research throughout the university and overseeing the offices of Research Ethics and Research Services.