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Dr. Kenneth Meadwell

Former Faculty Member, UWinnipeg Donor, Professor Emeritus, Francophone Scholar

Dr. Kenneth Meadwell

Dr. Kenneth Meadwell, photo submitted

Promoting excellence in French Studies

Dr. Kenneth Meadwell is an internationally known specialist in Canadian francophone literature, with over 100 articles and three books to his credit.

He has been an ardent supporter of the study of literature, culture, language, and Canadian Studies; and was instrumental in spearheading the development of The University of Winnipeg’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. In 2009, he was awarded the Robin H. Farquhar Award for Excellence in Contributing to Self-Governance, after serving 13 years as department chair.

Meadwell taught courses in French literature of Canada, literary theory, terminology and translation for 30 years. His impact on his students is underscored by being named 'Popular Prof' in Maclean's Magazine’s "Guide to Canadian Universities" for five consecutive years (2002-2006).

In 2002, he created the Meadwell Scholarship Endowment, which awards — in perpetuity — an annual scholarship to a student studying French at UWinnipeg.

Meadwell has been Director for the Alliance française du Manitoba, a frequent reviser of curriculum materials for Manitoba’s Bureau de l’Éducation française, Adjunct Professor with the Programme de maîtrise en études canadiennes at the Université de Saint-Boniface, and Vice-President of Les Éditions du Blé — the oldest francophone publishing firm in Western Canada.

In 2013, he was named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques de la République française for his remarkable and longstanding contribution to the promotion of French literature, language and culture.

In 2014, UWinnipeg named him Professor Emeritus of French Studies in recognition of his exceptional service to the University and community-at-large.

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