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Michael Collins McIntyre

Michael Collins McIntyre


Previously named Dean Emeritus for his fundamental contributions as Dean of Arts and Sciences to UWinnipeg during a most formative era, Dr. Michael Collins McIntyre is honoured this year with Fellowship in United College for his many varied contributions across a wider scale of activities.   

McIntyre served as Dean of Arts and Science from 1982 to 1992 and Assistant Dean from 1978 to 1982, when the faculty was essentially the soul of the institution. He impressed his colleagues with his ability to not only balance his many responsibilities — which included oversight of the University’s academic programs and its faculty, teaching, and his own research program — but to maintain an active role as a leader. Remarkably, in addition to performing duties that today are shared among several different positions, McIntyre gained national attention for the establishment of UWinnipeg’s Centre for Academic Writing and developed an accessibility program for those with physical disabilities.

McIntyre also boosted the arts presence on campus by fostering the evolution of Theatre from a program to a department, and by establishing In-Residence programs for writers, directors and playwrights. Working collegially with the departments, he was able to foster research capacity in the sciences. 

In addition to being a highly accomplished administrator, he also managed to make his mark in research and as a favoured professor, earning the Clifford J. Robson Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005. In 2014, McIntyre retired, and in the same year he was recognized with the Robin H. Farquhar Award for Excellence in Contributing to Self-Governance.  

McIntyre joined The University of Winnipeg’s psychology department in 1975 after earning his PhD in neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota and completing his post-doctoral fellowship at Cornell University, New York. After his final term as Dean, he returned to the Department of Psychology.  

McIntyre is currently Research Program leader with the Compassion Project at the St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre. His impressive legacy of research includes more than 40 refereed journal articles and 55 conference presentations and informal publications. He has also served as an Affiliated Scientist and Program Leader of the Functional Neuroimaging Program at the National Research Council of Canada, and has supervised doctoral and post-doctoral students.  His research has been supported by the Bronfman Foundation, the Manitoba Health Sciences Foundation, the Health Sciences Centre Research Foundation, and most significantly and substantially by the National Research Council of Canada.

In addition to his commitment to academia, McIntyre has generously created two Scholarships in the names of his friends and peers who have passed away: the Dr. Donald Kydon Prize and the Don Kerr Scholarship. He also honoured his late mother by creating The Eleanor Collins Wenners Collection fund, which supports library acquisitions in art history at UWinnipeg. In a true testament to his character, his colleagues created the Michael Collins McIntyre Rhetoric, Writing and Communications Scholarship, awarded to a student in the Rhetoric, Writing and Communications program.

The University of Winnipeg honours Dr. Michael Collins McIntyre with Fellowship in United College.

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