Bill Waiser has been a member of the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan since 1984. He has served as graduate director (1987-1990) and department head (1995-98).
Bill did his undergraduate studies at Trent University (B.A. Honours (History) 1975), followed by graduate work at Saskatchewan: M.A., 1976 (Queen's Fellowship, The Canada Council [one of three in Canada]); Ph.D., 1983 (Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities and Research Council of Canada, 1979-81). Prior to his Saskatchewan appointment, Bill served as Yukon historian, Parks Canada, Prairie and Northern Regional Office, 1983-84.
A specialist in western and northern Canadian history, Bill is an instructor at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Twenty-five graduate students (3 Ph.D.; 22 M.A.) have studied under Bill's supervision. In May 2002, Bill was awarded the College of Arts and Science Teaching Excellence Award for the Humanities and Fine Arts.
Bill is the author, co-author, or co-editor of ten books, including Park Prisoners: the Untold Story of Western Canada's National Parks and (with Blair Stonechild) Loyal Till Death: Indians and the North-West Rebellion, which was a 1997 finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. His most recent book, All Hell Can't Stop Us: The On-To-Ottawa Trek and Regina Riot, won the 2003 non-fiction prize at the Saskatchewan Books Awards. Bill was named Distinguished Researcher at the spring 2004 UofS convocation.
Bill has served on the council of the Canadian Historical Association Council (1997-2000), chaired the Advisory Board of the Canadian Historical Review (2000-03), and been a member of the Board of Directors of Canada's National History Society (2001-04), publisher of The Beaver magazine.
Between 1998-2002, Bill served as host of "Looking Back," a weekly Saskatchewan History column on the early evening news broadcast of CBC Saskatchewan. The series won an honourable mention at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival. It was also reproduced on DVD and distributed to Saskatchewan schools as a joint CBC/SaskLearning centennial project. He is at present a regular history commentator on CBC Radio Saskatchewan.
Bill has recently completed Saskatchewan: A New History for the 2005 provincial centennial. A special, pre-publication copy of the book was personally presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at a University of Saskatchewan ceremony on May 17, 2005. Copies of the book were also given to all schools in the province as part of the university's centennial gift to the province.
In 2006, the lieutenant governor of Saskatchewan presented Bill with the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the province's highest honour. He was also the recipient of the 2006 Alumni Honour Award.
Bill is a recreational runner, who also likes to hike, garden, and canoe.