Dr. Rishi Sriram (Rish-ee Sree-Rom) currently serves as Assistant Professor of
Higher Education & Student Affairs, Graduate Program Director for the department of
Educational Administration, and Faculty Master of Brooks Residential College, a
living-learning community of approximately 400 students, at Baylor University. 

Dr. Sriram spent eight years as a higher education and student affairs administrator
before beginning his current role as a faculty member. As Assistant Dean for Student
Learning & Engagement, he played a primary role in the development of living-learning
programs at Baylor, as well as the establishment of a faculty-in-residence program. His
administrative work won him a NASPA Excellence Award (Gold Honoree) and a Promising
Practices Award from the NASPA Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs Knowledge

Dr. Sriram's research interests include student affairs practice, collaboration
between academic and student affairs, and college student retention, engagement,
achievement, and learning. 

His work has been published in respected journals such as the Journal of College Student
Development, the Review of Higher Education, the Journal of Student Affairs Research and
Practice, and the Journal of College Student Retention. He has received several national
and regional grants for his research. 

He currently serves or has served on the editorial/review boards of the Journal of
College Student Development, the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, the
College Student Affairs Journal, the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students
in Transition, the Journal of College and University Student Housing, ACPA's
Developments, and as Director of Research for TACUSPA (Texas student affairs
association). He also served as editor of Student Affairs On Campus, the TACUSPA journal
he created as TACUSPA's Director of Research. 

Dr. Sriram speaks at conferences or consults with colleges across the United States on
issues pertaining to student affairs administration, college student success,
living-learning initiatives, and talent/success. He currently has a book under contract
that aims to help student affairs professionals understand and use quantitative research
and statistics in their work. 

Sriram on Academic & Student Affairs Integration


Faculty kids embracing home life on Baylor campus, Waco Tribune Herald (2013)

“For many students, the college experience goes beyond courses and credits, and Baylor in having...



At some colleges, professors live in dorms, too, US News & World Report (2011)

In 1827, Francis Wayland, then-president of Brown University, suspended the university’s medical program when the...



A tale of three campuses: Unearthing theories of residential life that shape the student learning experience (with Frank Shushok Jr., Laine Scales, and Vera Kidd), About Campus (2011)

Frank Shushok Jr., T. Laine Scales, Rishi Sriram, and Vera Kidd share some initial thoughts...



Between the ideal and the practical: Using assessment to find the balance (with Laine Scales and Meghan Oster), About Campus (2011)

Rishi Sriram, T. Laine Scales, and Meghan Oster share how the assessment efforts of Baylor...



Students as teachers: What faculty learn by living on campus (with Frank Shushok Jr., Jennifer Perkins, and Laine Scales), Journal of College & University Student Housing (2011)

In its recent history, American higher education has segmented the student experience, especially as research...


Sriram on Student Affairs Practice


Five things not to do in developing surveys for assessment in student affairs, NASPA Research and Policy Institute Brief (2014)

Higher education is in an age of accountability, with accrediting agencies, government leaders, taxpayers, parents,...



Circular framing: A model for applying Bolman and Deal's four frames in student affairs administration (with Jesse Hines Farley), Journal of Student Affairs (Colorado State University) (2014)

Administrators in student affairs navigate bureaucracies, manage staff, advocate for resources, and lead with purpose...



The development, validity, and reliability of a psychometric instrument measuring competencies in student affairs, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (2014)

The study of competencies in student affairs began more than 4 decades ago, but no...



Reclaiming the "scholar" in scholar-practitioner (with Meghan Oster), Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (2012)

Scholars and practitioners continuously espouse the importance of research in student affairs work. This study...



StudentAffairsResearch.com (2012)

Aiding the scholar-practitioner in student affairs work


Sriram on College Student Success


Development of a scale to measure academic capital in high-risk college students (with Christa Winkler), The Review of Higher Education (2015)

This study presents a psychometric instrument that measures academic capital in college students. Academic capital...



Rethinking intelligence: The role of mindset in promoting success for academically high-risk students, Journal of College Student Retention (2014)

This study utilized an experimental pretest-posttest control group design to determine if changing the way...



Influences of theory and practice in the development of servant leadership in students (with Jennifer Massey and Tracey Sulak), Journal of Leadership Education (2013)

This paper explores the extent to which the leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities of upper-year...



Thriving in high-risk students (with Deb Vetter), Thriving in transitions: A research based approach to college student succcess (2012)

Helping college students thrive is perhaps of greatest concern with those students who are most...



Spirituality in emerging adults: Lessons from the national study of youth and religion, ACPA Developments (2011)

“Working on Our Inner Lives: Meaning-Making in Colleges and Universities” is a four-part series intended...


Sriram Speaks

A Tale of Three Campuses: How Linking Living and Learning Can Lead to Transformational Education (2015)

In this hour long presentation, Sriram tells the story of three different residential environments, using...


Changing the World, With or Without Leadership (2015)

In this hour-long presentation, Sriram demystifies leadership so that participants understand what leadership does and...


Developing, Using, and Analyzing Surveys (2015)

In this hour-long workshop, Sriram takes participants from a vague idea of what they want...


Hope, Talent, and the Pursuit of Excellence (2015)

All of us want to be excellent in our work, but what does it take...


Student Affairs, Fast and Slow (2015)

In this hour-long presentation, Sriram discusses his research on student affairs engaging research in their...


Book Reviews


Review of No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education, Religious Studies Review (2013)

This book is the result of a four-year “Religion in the Academy” research project examining...



Review of Reframing Academic Leadership, Journal of College Student Development (2012)