- Lieber Memorial Teaching Associate Award (1998)
Students give Winnick's courses (especially Sociological Aspects of Mental Illness, which she developed) overwhelmingly positive feedback. She organizes several trips each semester for her class to visit Madison State Hospital, a home for the mentally ill. Spending a day living with these people constitutes genuine understanding of the matters discussed in the classroom. Winnick's concern is evident in the many e-mail messages that she sends out to individual students -- reminding them about upcoming events, prodding for overdue assignments -- and in the electronic conversations that result. Her ability to nurture these connections with her students has earned official recognition in the form of the Department of Sociology's Edwin H. Sutherland Award for Excellence in and Commitment to Teaching, presented to her in 1996.