Baylor Professor Earns Faculty Member of the Year Award at Education Conference

Oct. 23, 2013
Rishi Sriram, Ph.DRishi Sriram, Ph.D, courtesy photo

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 23, 2013) - Rishi Sriram, Ph.D., an assistant professor of higher education and student affairs and the graduate program coordinator of educational administration at Baylor, received the Faculty Member of the Year award at the Texas Association of College & University Student Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA) annual conference Oct. 14.

The award is given to recognize outstanding contributions to teaching, research and the mentorship of graduate students.

Jon Englehardt, Ph.D., dean of the Baylor School of Education, said the award could not have gone to a more deserving person.

"Rishi is the ideal faculty member and colleague for this award," he said. "He is hard-working, energetic, positive and readily affirms others for their contributions. He is disarmingly likable."

Englehardt said he understands why the committee thought him a qualified candidate.

"Aside from his professional and personal qualities, his expertise and experience in student personnel allows him to easily command respect from others."

TACUPSA is an association of those 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.

by Kristen Bennett, 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.


The Baylor School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and consists of four departments: Curriculum and Instruction (preparation for classroom teachers and specialists); Educational Administration (post-graduate preparation for school leadership); Educational Psychology (undergraduate and graduate programs for those who are interested in learning, development, measurement, and exceptionalities); and Health, Human Performance and Recreation (preparing for sport- and health-related careers, athletic training and careers in recreational professions, including churches).The School of Education enrolls more than 1,000 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students, employs 70 faculty, and is one of the few school s in the State of Texas that offers a yearlong teaching internship.

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