Wadland Graduate Scholarship Established at Trent University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Endowment for Canadian Studies Graduate Students Recognizes the Contribution of Professor John Wadland
Friday, November 4, 2005
(Peterborough) -- The establishment of the John Wadland Graduate Scholarship, funded through an endowed gift of $250,000, was announced today at a meeting of Canadian Studies Program Administrators who are gathered at Trent University from across the country.
"Our generous donors, who wish to remain anonymous, wanted to honour Prof. Wadland's outstanding career and acknowledge his role as a leader in the field of Canadian Studies," said Susan Mackle, vice-president Advancement. "They also see this as a way to develop the next generation of scholars in what remains a relatively young field."
In 2006, an initial scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to a highly qualified student in their first year of the PhD program in Canadian Studies. This scholarship may then be renewed for a second year of study.
"This represents one of the largest endowments for graduate-level Canadian Studies in the country," added Vice-President Mackle. "Combined with an Ontario Graduate Scholarship or a Teaching Assistantship, this scholarship will secure $30,000 over two years for students of the highest calibre."
Dr. John Wadland, a professor with the Canadian Studies Department at Trent, is well-known and much-loved for his enthusiasm in the classroom. He has won numerous awards and accolades including Trent's Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching (1977), the City of Peterborough Award for Merit (1981), a provincial award from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (1993), the National Award of Merit from the Association for Canadian Studies (1992), the Secretary of State Award for Excellence in Teaching of Canadian Studies (1986) and the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Teaching Excellence (1993).
Prof. Wadland joined Trent University in 1972, the year the undergraduate Canadian Studies Program was created at Trent. He was editor of the Journal of Canadian Studies from 1980-84 and served as Chair of the Canadian Studies Program from 1984-93. From 1996-2000 he was Director of the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Native Studies, during which time he was involved, with his colleagues at Trent and Carleton, in the creation of a joint interdisciplinary PhD program in Canadian Studies within which the scholarship will be awarded. Currently, Prof. Wadland teaches and conducts his research in the interdisciplinary fields of environmental history and visual culture.
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For more information, contact Susan Mackle, vice-president (Advancement) at (705) 748-1011 ext. 1207.