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Arlington resident Sofia Vallila Rohter has received the 2014 Faculty Award for Excellence from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston.

She was chosen by graduating students in the master of speech-language pathology program and received the award during the health sciences graduate school’s May commencement.

"Dr. Rohter is a dynamic, insightful, and passionate educator who has been responsible for some of our most memorable learning experiences at the institute," said Class of 2014 graduate student Michelle Adessa, who presented the award on behalf of her classmates, in a news release. "She took complicated and scientific coursework and presented it to us in a palatable, patient and multisensory way."

Vallila Rohter earned a PhD from the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program in 2013, as well as a certificate of clinical competence in speech language pathology from the MGH Institute the same year.

The award honors a distinguished CSD faculty member who presents material in a highly effective manner, fosters an atmosphere of individual inquiry, uses class time efficiently, welcomes discussion and expression of diverse points of view, and excels in teaching his or her course.

MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is an innovative and interprofessional graduate school with post-baccalaureate, entry-level, post-professional, and Ph.D. programs in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and speech-language pathology, as well as health professions education and rehabilitation sciences.

An affiliate of Partners HealthCare System,  the MGH Institute offers its more than 1,300 students unparalleled opportunities to learn and work alongside expert practitioners in a variety of hospital, clinical, community, and educational settings.

The school, which has graduated more than 5,400 students since its 1977 founding, is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Several programs are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report, and the school has been included for the past several years as a Great College to Work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

This story was published Thursday, June 19, 2014.