Dr. Tom Whillans, an environmental and resource studies professor for three decades will receive Trent University’s 2013-2014 Award for Educational Leadership and Innovation. Professor Whillans joined University in 1983 and has spent decades researching ecosystem development, habitat restructuring, and other issues related to ecological restoration. Whillans has been called Trent’s foremost champion of incorporating community-based research into teaching and learning for over 25 years, creating opportunities for universities to connect and work with community organizations on solutions to environmental issues. The Professor’s students and faculty colleagues praise his passion for real-world learning and community engagement, calling him a master at empowering students to take ownership of their education. Professor Whillans will receive his award on March 31st at a ceremony in Champlain College’s Great Hall from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.