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Michael Weinrath

The Robin H. Farquhar Award for Excellence in Contributing to Self-Governance


Michael Weinrath

MA, PhD

Dr. Michael Weinrath has made significant and lasting contributions to The University of Winnipeg over the course of twenty years — most notably building the Criminal Justice program and serving at its helm as Chair for 13 years. He helped create a department that is collegial and well-respected across the criminology and criminal justice community in Canada, and he was instrumental in promoting the program nationally at the Western Regional Criminology Articulation Committee.

Criminal Justice is a program valued by students and is one of the most heavily subscribed majors on campus. Most recently, Weinrath played an important role in developing the new Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, a degree offering that is unique on the Prairies and which will include the option to take courses in the Indigenous Governance and the Public Administration graduate programs.

Weinrath’s deep commitment to service and university self-governance extends well beyond his department. During his tenure as Acting Dean of graduate studies, he successfully shepherded two graduate programs through Senate. He has also served on the Board of Regents, Senate Executive, and the Teaching Committee — among many other University committees. He quietly takes on numerous complex and onerous tasks, mentors junior colleagues, and inspires others to become more involved in the governance of UWinnipeg.

Weinrath’s contributions demonstrate a dedication to an ethic of self-governance guided by values of transparency, accountability, and credibility. He is known as a talented and effective administrator and program builder. His long and substantive service to self- governance can be measured not only in the number of important developments he has been involved with, but also in the number of students, faculty, and staff that he has motivated to do likewise.

The University of Winnipeg proudly presents Dr. Michael Weinrath with the Robin H. Farquhar Award for Excellence for Contributing to Self-Governance.