matthew heinz is Professor and Vice-Provost, Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies, and Dean of the College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Royal Roads University is located on the traditional lands of the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lekwungen (Songhees) families, who continue to share their knowledge about the history of the lands and their cultural practices.
His work focuses on the intersections of language, gender, identity, communication and culture. He examines intercultural and international communication via performative writing, qualitative studies and discourse analysis. His book Entering Transmasculinity: The Inevitability of Discourse was published by Intellect Press (UK) in 2016. Applied, community-oriented research projects include a transgender needs assessment for Vancouver Island (2010-2013) and a survey of interpersonal transgender communication needs and expectations in five Canadian provinces (2016).
heinz’s work has appeared in journals such as 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 University in 2005 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. He became Founding Dean of the College of Interdisciplinary Studies in 2016 and was appointed to the role of Vice-Provost in 2017. 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, communication specialist, and non-profit coordinator in Nebraska and Montana. His journalistic work in the U.S. was recognized by more than 20 first- and second-place awards in national and regional competitions.
heinz earned his PhD in communication studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his MS in communication studies from Fort Hays (Kan.) State University, where his thesis was selected the university’s outstanding thesis of 1989. heinz won the Central States Communication Association Outstanding New Teacher Award in 2001.
Ph.D. (1998, May). Communication Studies. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Emphasis in interpersonal communication/language and culture. Outside area: psycholinguistics. Dissertation: Backchannel responses as conversational strategies in bilingual speakers’ conversations.
M.S. (1989, Summa Cum Laude). Communication Studies. Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. Thesis: The female character as role model: The image of women in selected plays by Megan Terry.
B.A. (1987, Summa Cum Laude). Communication Studies; minor in French. Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas.
A.A. (1986, Top Graduate of Class). Liberal Arts. Cowley County Community College, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Abitur (1984, Top Graduate of Class). Treviris-Gymnasium Trier, Germany. Foreign languages studied: English, Latin, and French.