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matt heinz

matthew heinz


Vice-Provost, Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies


Interdisciplinary Studies


matthew heinz is vice-provost of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies, dean of the College of Interdisciplinary Studies and a professor in the School of Communication and Culture. His scholarly work focuses on the intersections of language, gender identity 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. heinz’s work has appeared in The Journal of Pragmatics, MultilinguaCommunication TeacherCommunication EducationThe Journal of International CommunicationCommunication Studies, the Journal of Cognition and Communication and other peer-reviewed journals and books. He published Entering Transmasculinity:  The Inevitability of Discourse (Intellect Press, UK) in 2016.


heinz joined Royal Roads as an associate professor and director of the School of Communication and Culture in 2005. He served as associate dean (appointed 2008) and dean of the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences (appointed 2011) and founding dean of the College of Interdisciplinary Studies (appointed 2016). Prior to Royal Roads, heinz taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bowling Green State University and the University of North Dakota.


heinz holds a PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1998) and a Master of Science in Communication Studies from Fort Hays State University (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. He graduated from Treviris Gymnasium Trier (Germany) in 1984.