Val Hiebert, Ph.D.
Address 10 College Crescent, Otterburne, MB, R0A 1G0
Office 3A16
Phone 1-431-815-4309

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Fax 204-433-7158

Val Hiebert, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Val completed a Theatre and Sociology BA at Providence, a Sociology and Anthropology MA at the University of Manitoba, and is near completion of her PhD in Social Sciences (Sociology & Anthropology) at Western Sydney University. Her academic specialties are gender, children & violence, language & culture, cultural anthropology, and marriage & family. Living on the hobby farm near Mitchell where she and her husband enjoyed their married life (Jacob Friesen 1960-2017), she is an active member of her faithing community, and invests considerable energy into community education and advocacy. She is an avid gardener with a pantry annually full of organic plenty, as well as a life-long runner and now cyclist. To her delight, she has also recently become a grandma!! Whether in the garden, the classroom, or the public commons, Val feels awed by the privilege and wonder of planting and watching things grow.

  • 152.32 Social Scientific Approaches to the Old Testament
  • 221.31 Social Science and Christianity
  • 223.11 Introduction to Sociology I: People and Culture
  • 223.12 Introduction to Sociology II: People in Society
  • 223.22 Men, Women, and Society
  • 223.24 Marriage and Family
  • 223.27 Language and Culture
  • 223.28 Consumer Culture and Simpler Living
  • 223.39 Service Learning in Sociology
  • 224.21 Cultural Anthropology II
  • 225.21 Children and Violence

University of Western Sydney (AU)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) (Cand.)

University of Manitoba (MB)

Master’s Degree (M.A.)

University of Manitoba (MB)

Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.), Honours

Providence College (MB)

Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.)



  • Providence University College, Faculty

Professional Associations

  • Association of Christians Teaching Sociology (ACTS)
  • University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (2005)
  • Manitoba Graduate Scholarship (Minister of Advanced Education and Training) (2005)
  • “Company of Players” theatre troupe, Producer/Director (2004-2010)
  • “Heritage Players” theatre troupe, Producer/Director (2000-2004)

Book Reviews

  • 2004 Book Review of Giles, Kevin. (2002). The Trinity and Subordinationism: The Doctrine of God and the Contemporary Gender Debate. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. In Didaskalia 16, 1, 63 – 66.

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • 2015 “Intersex persons and the church: Unknown, unwelcomed, unwanted neighbours”. Journal for the Sociological Integration of Religion and Society. vol. 5, no.2:31-44. Valerie Hiebert, Dennis W. Hiebert.
  • 2011 ‘Media Violence: A Cross-national Comparison of Canadian and Swedish Youth’ in Essays on Social Themes, ed. Gregory Papanikos. Athens: Athens Institute for Education and Research.

Workshops & Presentations

  • 2017: Chicken or Egg? Social Change, Language Change and the Divine Feminine
  • 2015: Too Sexy Too Soon: The Commercialization and Sexualization of Childhood
  • 2014: Intersex Realities and the Church: The Unwelcomed, Unwanted Neighbour
  • 2015 “The Embodied Self, Part II – Case Study: Intersex Realities and the Church,” presented at ACTS annual conference, Eastern University, Philadelphia, 2015.
  • 2009 ‘Voluntary Simplicity’. A paper presented at the annual ACTS conference, Iowa, United States.
  • 2005 ‘The Acts Concepts Project’, A research project presented at the Association for Christians Teaching Sociology, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. Dennis Hiebert, Val Hiebert
  • May 2009 ‘Media Violence Effects: A Cross-National Comparison of Canadian and Swedish Youth’ A paper presented at the “Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences”, Ottawa, Canada.
  • May 2009 ‘Media Violence: A Cross-National Comparison of Canadian and Swedish Youth’ A paper presented at the “3rd International Conference on Sociology”, Atiner Research Institute, Athens, Greece.
  • June 2007 ‘Female Genital Removal in Africa – The Semantic Tug-of-War’ A paper presented at “Association for Christians Teaching Sociology”, Campbellsville University, Kentucky, USA.
  • May 2006 ‘Social Science, Faith & Hermeneutics: Sample Pedagogical Dialogues’ A paper presented at “Faith, Learning and Living; Integration in Christian Higher Education”, Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dennis Hiebert, Cameron McKenzie, Val Hiebert
  • May 2005 ‘The Acts Concepts Project’, A research project presented at “Association for Christians Teaching Sociology”, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. Dennis Hiebert, Val Hiebert
  • May 2004 ‘The Old Testament and Sociology: A Pedagogical Proposal’, A Paper presented at “Scripture and the Disciplines”, Wheaton College, Wheaton Illinois. Cameron McKenzie, Val Hiebert