Dr. Rishi Sriram serves as Associate Professor of Higher Education & Student Affairs, Graduate Program Director for the Department of Educational Leadership, and Residential College Faculty Steward of Brooks Residential College.

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 currently has a book under contract (Stylus Publishing) that aims to help student affairs professionals understand and use quantitative research and statistics in their work. He has received several national and regional grants for his research. Dr. Sriram has also served on the editorial/review boards of several journals, including the Journal of College Student Development and the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. He also served as editor of Student Affairs On Campus, the TACUSPA journal he created as TACUSPA's Director of Research. You can learn more at:

Before beginning his role as a faculty member, Dr. Sriram spent eight years as a higher education and student affairs administrator. 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 Community. At Baylor, he was selected to serve on the Provost's Diversity Committee, the President's Advisory Council on Diversity, and as Chair of the Faculty-in-Residence Council. Nationally, he serves on the executive team of the newly formed Residential College Society.

In February 2017, Dr. Sriram delivered the keynote address for theAnnual Conference on the First-Year Experience of the National Resource Center, which drew more than 1,800 attendees. Read about it in Instant Impact.

Degrees (3)

Ph.D. in Higher Education
Azusa Pacific University

Master's in Higher Education & Student Affairs
Baylor University

Bachelor of Arts
Baylor University

Research Interests (4)

The Study of Talent

I am interested in talent from a research perspective: how we define talent, where it comes from, and what we can do to help others develop their own talent.

Academic Affairs & Student Affairs Collaborations

I am interested in how divisions of academic affairs and student affairs can collaborate to foster a more transformational educational experience for college students. Examples of such partnerships include living-learning programs, residential colleges, and faculty-in-residence.

The Practice of Student Affairs

I am interested in how college administrators (particularly student affairs professionals) become scholar-practitioners in order to foster better student outcomes.

College Student Success

I am interested in how higher education policies, places, people, and programs influence college student retention, engagement, achievement, and learning.