The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) leads the field of communication sciences and disorders (COMD) by serving as the national professional, scientific and credentialing association for its 182,000 members who assist the 40 million Americans with communication disorders. Dr. Kenn Apel, professor and chair of the Arnold School’s COMD department, has received the highest honor that this immensely impactful organization awards.
ASHA leaders recognized Dr. Apel with the Honors of the Association award at the organization’s annual conference in Denver on November 13 (see ASHA video on the honoree). The Association describes this honor as being reserved for “individuals whose contributions have been of such excellence that they have enhanced or altered the course of the professions.” Recipients, like Dr. Apel, are well-known throughout the nation and the world for their “lifetime of innovative clinical practice, insightful and rigorous research, creative administration, effective legislative activity, outstanding teaching or other distinguished professional contributions.”
Dr. Apel clearly exceeds these criteria as he has been previously recognized for his work in the field of COMD with other national awards. Across his approximately thirty years in academia, he has held numerous service and leadership roles, served as the principal investigator or co-investigator on 18 funded grants, authored three books and published close to 100 scholarly papers. Dr. Apel’s colleagues and supporters are numerous, varied and widespread, with each echoing one another’s admiration of his research, scholarship, editorship, mentorship, service and leadership attributes.