Kenn Apel, PhD, CCC-SLP, is professor and chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. For more than 30 years, Dr. Apel has been conducting research in the areas of spoken and written language and working with children, adolescents, and adults who have language-based learning deficits. Dr. Apel’s current research focuses on the underlying linguistic components that support the development of word-level reading and spelling, with a particular focus on orthographic knowledge and morphological awareness. He currently is the principal investigator of an IES-sponsored grant to develop a morphological awareness assessment. Dr. Apel is the former Editor-in-Chief of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (2007-2009). He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a recipient of that association’s Honors Award.