Squirrel Hill Resident Presented with Prestigious Honors of the Council Award

Duquesne University Speech-Language Pathology Department Chair Dr. Mikael D.Z. Kimelman recently received the prestigious Honors of the Council award from the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) at its annual conference.

The Honors of the Council Award is presented to individuals whose contributions to the council and/or to academic education in communication sciences and disorders through clinical practice, teaching, research, administration service or legislative activity is recognized throughout the professional community.

"It has been my privilege to serve my profession, discipline and academy in many capacities during my career," said Kimelman, who is an associate professor. "Acknowledgement by CAPCSD, with their highest recognition, for the breadth and depth of my service is truly an honor."

In 2007, Kimelman was recognized by the CAPCSD with the Award of Appreciation before being named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2014. He has been a member of the CAPCSD advisory committee since 2010 and has served as vice president of communications, president-elect, president and past president.

Kimelman is credited for his work in developing a five-year undergraduate to M.A. degree in speech-language pathology at Duquesne University, which has become a model for other colleges and universities.

"I am so pleased that Duquesne University, as an institution, and my departmental colleagues have supported my efforts to contribute at the national level," Kimelman added. "Their support has been critical to my success."

A Squirrel Hill resident, Kimelman earned his Ph.D. in communicative disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; an M.A. in speech (communication disorders) from the University of Florida; and a B.S. in speech pathology and audiology from California State University. He joined Duquesne's department of speech-language pathology in 1996.

The CAPCSD's mission is to promote quality, accessibility and innovation in communication sciences and disorders in higher education. The council facilitates the recruitment, education and retention of both faculty and students to meet the public need.

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