Price earns ORCA award

Kenneth Price
Kenneth Price

Kenneth Price, UNL professor of English, has been named a winner of the University of Nebraska's Outstanding Research and Creative Activity award.

The award recognizes individual faculty members for outstanding research or creative activity of national or international significance. The honor is one of the university's most prestigious awards for teaching, research and engagement.

NU Central Administration announced the university-wide awards March 28. Four other honors went to faculty in other universities within the NU system.

The university-wide awards recognize faculty whose work has had a strong impact on students, the university and the state, NU President James B. Milliken said.

“Great faculty are at the heart of a great university. The University of Nebraska is fortunate to have on its campuses tremendously talented faculty whose commitment to excellence is a true inspiration,” Milliken said. “I’m proud to take this opportunity to recognize the faculty who play such an important role in serving our students, the university and the state of Nebraska.”

Price is the Hillegass University Processor of American Literature and co-director of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. He is a well-known scholar of both Walt Whitman and 19th-century American literature.

Price has published several books while at Nebraska, including "To Walt Whitman, America," a study of Whitman’s continuing reputation in the 20th and 21st centuries. Price is president of the Association of Documentary Editing, an organization that includes editors of projects like the George Washington Papers, the Thomas Jefferson Papers and other collections of the works of major American writers and figures.

Price also developed the Walt Whitman Archive (, an electronic research and teaching tool that has made Whitman’s work easily accessible to scholars, students and general readers for the first time. The archive has been called the “gold standard for digital humanities.”

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Other winners of the university-wide awards are listed below. Read more about the awards at


Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA)

— Ed Vandenberg, associate professor of internal medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center

— Peter Wolcott, associate professor of information systems and quantitative analysis, University of Nebraska at Omaha


Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) award

— Thomas Porter, professor of internal medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center


Innovation, Development and Engagement Award (IDEA)

— Susan Swindells, professor of internal medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center