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Dr. Abdesalam Soudi

Creator, Humanities in Health

Workforce & Education

Dr. Soudi is a sociolinguist interested in the interplay between language and society and the way people use language in diverse social settings. Dr. Soudi is a full-time faculty member in the department of Linguistics in the Dietrich School, and a Faculty Fellow with the Honors College at Pitt. He has been co-directing a master’s level course on cultural competency offered through the Institute for Clinical Research Education for 15 years. Dr. Soudi is the Primary Investigator for a Pitt seed-funded project on Humanities at Work in the Community, Health and Tech Industries. He created the Humanities in Health (HinH) Initiative at Pitt and led the publication of a collection on Humanities in Health in 2017.

Dr. Soudi chaired four national cross-disciplinary conferences on Humanities in Health and Humanities at Work at Pitt. Dr. Soudi won the inaugural Diversity in the Curriculum Award in 2017 for his success in creating a diverse and inclusive learning environment; in 2018, he won the first-ever Pitt seed grant award for a proposal to build an engagement platform for humanities at work. He is also the founder of the Linguistic Internship Program.

Dr. Soudi is a Lead Innovator of the Cultural Engagement Playbook. He has published his research in several journals and magazines. He co-edited a volume called Diversity Across the Disciplines in 2020 and has produced a documentary on the meaning and value of diversity. Dr. Soudi serves on the board of directors for the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute. He is a member of the Dietrich School Faculty Diversity Committee, and a Fellow with the European Society for Person Centered Healthcare. With a passion for discovering new findings and sharing knowledge, he has made a significant impact in his field and in the community.