Distinguished Researchers - 2004
The Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes a faculty member's contribution to scholarship through the creation, expansion, and critique of knowledge. W.A. (Bill) Waiser, Professor of History, College of Arts and Science, is the recipient of the Spring 2004 award.
Professor Waiser earned a Bachelor of Arts, Honours from Trent University in 1975. He did his graduate work at the University of Saskatchewan, earning a Master's degree (with the support of a Queen's Fellowship from the Canada Council) in 1976 and his Ph.D. in 1983. He joined the Department of History in 1984 and served as head from 1995-98.
Waiser is one of Canada's leading historians, specializing in the western and northern Prairies. e has written eight books and is currently working on his ninth, a history of Saskatchewan commissioned by the U of S and supported by the government of Saskatchewan as well as the federal department of Canadian Heritage for the provincial centennial. His latest book, All Hell Can't Stop Us: The On-to-Ottawa Trek and Regina Riot, won a 2003 Saskatchewan Book Award for non-fiction.
An earlier work, Loyal till Death: Indians and the North West Rebellion was co-authored with Professor Blair Stonechild, head of Indigenous Studies at the First Nations University of Canada. The book was praised for its sensitivity in telling the stories of Indians during this turbulent time. It won a 1997 Saskatchewan Book Award for First Peoples Publishing and was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for non-fiction.
Waiser's award-winning efforts also include the broadcast medium. Working with CBC producer Paul Dederick, he hosted and co-produced Looking Back, a series of nearly 50 six-minute segments aired on CBC TV's Saskatchewan Now early evening news from 1998 to 2001.
Looking Back was praised for its approach of telling historical stories from the perspective of people who were there. Looking Back was short listed for the Pierre Berton Award and received an honourable mention at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival. Material from the program has been adapted into the 2003 book Looking Back: True Tales from Saskatchewan's Past.
Waiser is adept at satisfying the rigorous demands of scholarly work. He has published 13 refereed articles and served as chair of the advisory board of the scholarly journal Canadian Historical Review from 2000 to 2003. He is an active member of local and regional historical societies, and has served on the board of Canada's National History Society since 2001.
He brings his enthusiasm for our shared history to the lecture hall and to his mentorship of numerous graduate students. He received the College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award in 2002 for these efforts.
Waiser has sought to share the knowledge and understanding gained from his extensive scholarship to develop public policy and public awareness of the context of current issues, in particular public access to historical census materials. He has contributed greatly to this institution's commitment to its sense of place, while increasing national appreciation for the richness and diversity of the history of Canada's West.
College of Education
The Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes a faculty member's
contribution to scholarship through the creation, expansion, and critique
of knowledge. Dr. Marie Battiste, Professor in the College of Education,
is the recipient of the Fall 2004 award.
Professor Battiste is one of Canada's most influential researchers in the field of indigenous and First Nations education, and a technical expert to the United Nations on issues surrounding the education of indigenous peoples.
A Mi'kmaq educator originally from the Potlo'tek First Nations in Nova Scotia, Battiste is a full professor in the U of S College of Education and coordinator of the Indian and Northern Education Program within Educational Foundations. She is also the academic director of the new Aboriginal Education Research Centre and co-director of the Humanities Research Unit at the U of S.
Battiste's writings have focused on topics that include cognitive imperialism, linguistic and cultural integrity, and the decolonization of Aboriginal education. Her research interests are in initiating institutional change in the decolonization of education, language and social justice policy and power, and educational approaches that recognize and affirm the political and cultural diversity of Canada and the ethical protection of indigenous knowledge.
These interests reflect a rich academic background, which includes graduate studies at Harvard University and later Stanford University, where she earned her doctorate in curriculum and teacher education. Battiste's academic credentials also include a B.S. in Elementary and Junior High Education (1971) from the University of Maine, Farmington; she was also presented with an honorary degree from that institution and another from St. Mary's University.
Battiste's background also includes actively working with First Nations schools and communities as an administrator, teacher, consultant and curriculum developer. Her efforts have helped to advance Aboriginal epistemology, languages, pedagogy and research.
Battiste has published numerous articles and scholarly papers in books, journals and documents, and remains involved in research on Aboriginal education, languages, teachers and teacher education. She is co-author of Protecting Indigenous Knowledge: a Global Challenge, (Saskatoon, SK: Purich Press, 2000), editor of Reclaiming Indigenous Voice and Vision, (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2000) and co-editor of First Nations Education in Canada: The Circle Unfolds (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1995). She received the 2000 First Peoples Publishing Award for Protecting Indigenous Knowledge and Heritage: A Global Challenge, from the Saskatchewan Book Awards.
Battiste is a board member of the International Research Institute for Maori and Indigenous Education (University of Auckland, New Zealand). She is also a member of the founding board of the Canadian Council on Learning, and a member of the Circle of Experts for the Aboriginal Language Task Force for Heritage Canada.
She has previously sat on the board of governors for the University College of Cape Breton and Dalhousie University, and the board of directors of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).