Baylor professor appointed to director of research for the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators

Oct. 24, 2012
Rishi Sriram, Ph.D.Rishi Sriram, Ph.D.

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 23, 2012) -"No teacher should strive to make others think as he thinks, but to lead them to the living Truth, to the Master himself, of whom alone they can learn anything, who will make them in themselves know what is true by the very seeing of it." -George MacDonald

These are words that have driven Rishi Sriram, Ph.D., assistant professor and program coordinator of higher education and student affairs at Baylor, to be appointed as Director of Research for the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators (TACUPSA).

TACUPSA is an association of administrators, staff, students and all others interested in the professional administration of student affairs programs in higher education. The association is dedicated to the development of the student affairs profession in the state of Texas. Its membership represents more than 500 individuals of more than 70 institutions.

"TACUSPA is a professional association almost as old as the student affairs profession itself, and I am honored to serve as Director of Research. In this role, I hope to encourage student affairs practitioners in Texas to be scholar practitioners, incorporating theory and research into their work for student development and success. One way we will do that is to launch a new journal that is aimed at helping professionals understand how scholarship can lead to better practice," Sriram said.

Some of Sriram's research interests include student affairs practice and collaboration between academic and student affairs. He graduated from Baylor with a bachelor's degree in English, a master's in higher education and student affairs and received his doctorate in higher education from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif.

Sriram has written articles on academic and student affairs published by US News & World Report, Journal of College & University Student Housing and TACUPSA.

For more information on Sriram's appointment, contact Robert Cloud at 254-710-6110 or by email at

by Rebecca Malzahn, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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