Dr. Terry Royce, the Director of Forlingua, returned to Australia in 2009 after more than two decades living and working in Japan. In Japan he served as Associate Professor [FT adjunct] and Program Director for the Teachers College, Columbia University (New York) Graduate Program (external campus), and concurrently as a Company Director for TC Educational Services Pty Ltd [Kyou-iku Services Y.K. for Teachers College, Columbia University]. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the specialist Graduate Research School (GRS) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), where he teaches PhD students and their supervisors research and rhetorical literacies. He supervises doctoral students in applied linguistics (forensic linguistics) and language education, and is an invited external examiner for doctoral dissertations in these areas for a range of Australian and overseas universities.

His research interests and publications focus on forensic linguistics, forensic communications, multimodal text analysis,and discourse and cohesion analysis across disciplines. His consultancy and research work is in forensic discourse analysis and forensic stylistics, where he has carried out questioned authorship analyses and forensic stylistic analyses for various private individuals, government departments, and non-governmental organisations.

He has delivered professional development workshops for the Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics (CT&ST) Command in the NSW Police Service, focussing on research skills for the CT Strategy Unit, spoken communication in critical incident policing for senior members of Negotiators Unit (State Protection Group), and issues in written communication in the preparation of ‘Godfrey’ reports with the Security Management Unit (SMU). He has also been an external doctoral research supervisor for two NSW Police researchers at the Dept. of Security Studies and  Criminology at Macquarie University, and is a consultant for the UNSW Unisearch Expert Opinion Services.

Dr. Royce uses the theoretical knowledge and practical insights gained from his professional expertise in forensic linguistics and forensic discourse analysis to provide expert advice to those who have questions about how language is structured, organized, and used in written, verbal or electronic documents in legal contexts such as crime and policing, judicial procedures, disputes in law, counter terrorism and security investigations.

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  • Ph.D. in Linguistic Science, 1999, University of Reading (UK).
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Studies (Multicultural Education), 1986, University of New England.
  • Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (With Merit), 1985, University of Sydney.
  • Bachelor of Arts (Economics), and Diploma of Education (Dip. Ed), 1978, Macquarie University.

Professional Development Training

  • Applied research skills
  • Actor network theory (ANT) and application
  • Seminar or workshop planning
  • Seminar or workshop presentation skills
  • Critical reading and writing
  • Multimodal communication skills (language, gesture, and image etc)
  • Conversational skills (effective active listening)
  • Academic literacy skills (achieving excellence in reading and writing)
  • Public speaking skills (achieving excellence in speaking)

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Text and Discourse Analysis
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Multiliteracies and Media Discourse
  • Genre Analysis
  • Rhetorical Analysis
  • Pragmatics
  • Sociolinguistics

Professional Experience

Manuscript reviewer/referee for various related journals:

  • The Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology
  • The Journal of Policing, Intelligence, and Counter Terrorism (JPICT)
  • Discourse, Context and Media Journal
  • Applied Linguistics 
  • Linguistics and the Human Sciences Journal
  • Visual Communication Journal
  • Studies in Continuing Education
  • TESOL Quarterly
  • Journal of Pragmatics
  • The Asian ESP Journal
  • The Linguistics Journal
  • The Journal of Systemic Functional Linguistics. Published by the Japan Association of Systemic Functional Linguistics, (JASFL)
  • Studies in Language Sciences, No. 9, published by the Japanese Society for Languages Sciences.

Pre-Publication Reviewer for publishers:

  • Cambridge University Press (CUP). Cambridge, UK.
  • Routledge. Taylor & Francis Group, New York, NY, USA