Sherri Sieff’s expertise focused on school-age language development and the assessment and intervention of oral and written language disorders in this population. She was particularly interested in the relationship between oral and written language and the role of the speech-language pathologist in literacy education, and presented on these topics at local, state and national levels. In 2015 she was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association (WSHA).
Dr. Sieff retired from UWM in January 2016. In her time with the College of Health Sciences, she supervised graduate students in the on-campus Speech and Language Clinic. She also taught undergraduate courses integrating articulation and child language theory with the clinical process as well as the courses School-age Language and The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in Literacy. She was enormously knowledgeable and extremely dedicated to ensuring that her students were challenged to strive for excellence. As one student of Dr. Sieff remarked, “[she] was truly an inspiring professor.”
Dr. Sieff passed away in September 2017. Even as she was battling terminal health issues she had the passion and wherewithal to think of those that would follow in her footsteps in the speech and language profession. She established an endowed scholarship fund to support graduate students pursuing a speech and language career in the K-12 setting. With this generous gift, Dr. Sieff will continue to inspire students, even those who will never have the privilege of sitting in her classroom.