- Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching (1976-77)
- Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (1993)
- Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Teaching Award (1992)
Dr. John Wadland’s remarkable teaching career in Trent’s Canadian Studies Department spanned more than 35 years. His signature course, “Canada: the Land” became one of the best known and most influential courses in the humanities and his Culture and Communications in Canada, Bioregionalism and Canadian Images courses helped define new interdisciplinary models and ways of understanding Canada for generations of Trent students.
The inaugural winner of the Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching, Prof. Wadland continued to receive recognition for his outstanding teaching throughout his teaching career as the winner of two external teaching awards. At Trent he served as the chair of the Canadian Studies Program and director of the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies.
Prof. Wadland retired from Trent University in 2008. He holds a B.A. from McMaster University, an M.A. from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. from York University.