Hanrahan receives Lake Academic Freedom Award
calendar icon13 Sep 2021
Lincoln, Neb.--Kevin Hanrahan, associate professor of voice and vocal pedagogy in the Glenn Korff School of Music and director of faculty development for the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor’s Faculty Affairs team, received the James A. Lake Academic Freedom Award at the Faculty Senate meeting in September.
The James A. Lake Academic Freedom Award recognizes an individual whose efforts have helped preserve the most basic freedom of all, the freedom to seek and communicate the truth. Established in 1980 and supported by a generous contribution by former Regent Ed Schwartzkopf, the James A. Lake Academic Freedom Award is given by the Faculty Senate based on nominations made by the James A. Lake Academic Freedom Award Committee.
“I am tremendously honored to receive the James A. Lake Academic Freedom Award. It is humbling to be recognized by my peers for the hard work we did to increase protections for our faculty,” Hanrahan said. “It is even more humbling to me since this award is only given out when the Faculty Senate believes there is a worthy recipient. It is a true honor, and one I will cherish the rest of my career.”
Hanrahan recently completed seven years of service to the Faculty Senate. He started in April 2014 and was elected to the executive committee in April 2016. In April 2018, he was elected President Elect and served as President between October 2018 until April 2020. He served as Past President until April 2021.
Hanrahan, a tenor, has performed nationally and internationally in opera, oratorio and recital performances. His second CD titled “Art Songs of the Pacific Rim” was released in 2018 and features song by Diana Blom, Anthony Ritchie, Gwenyth Walker and other composers from around the Pacific Rim.
He is the founder of the Glenn Korff School of Music Voice Lab. His research activities include continuing investigating the relationship between the second vowel formant and adduction, the effect of hearting in the training of singing, and the use of technology to assess vocal potential in young singers.
He has taught at UNL since 2005.