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National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

Publication Editors


Editor: Annie Kelly
Phone: 513-556-2667

Dr. Annie Kelly serves as an Assistant Professor & Course Coordinator of First-Year Seminars in University of Cincinnati’s College of Cooperative Education and Professional Studies (CCPS) Multidisciplinary Unit. In her role, she directs a first-year seminar, including faculty development, peer education, curriculum resources, and assessment initiatives. Prior to UC, Annie held various roles in advising, academic support, faculty development, and the first-year experience. She serves as a faculty affiliate within the Office of Appreciative Education at Florida Atlantic University, and regularly consults, presents, and writes on the intersection of the first-year, appreciative advising, teaching and learning, and peer leadership. Annie brings a practitioner-scholar lens to serving as the Editor of eSource and is passionate about connecting practitioners with high-quality and practical scholarship that can be readily applied to impact student success. Outside of work, she is either chasing her one-year old, listening to Taylor Swift, or visiting a local coffee shop with her husband in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Editor: Brad Garner
Phone: 765-677-2452

Dr. Brad Garner serves as Director of Faculty Enrichment in the Center for Learning and Innovation at Indiana Wesleyan University. He has been actively involved for several years in directing and teaching the first-year seminar on his campus. Currently, Garner leads faculty enrichment at IWU’s National and Global campus. Before moving into higher education, his career was focused on program and faculty development in K-12 public school settings, where he worked as a classroom teacher, school psychologist, and administrator. Garner is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops and has authored several publications, including Teaching in the First-Year Seminar (2012). His most recent research activity has focused on the use of digital technology to promote learning. Brad is the co-host of "The Digital to Learn Podcast" and does a weekly talk show called "Facebook Fridays."

Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition 

Editor: Rishi Sriram
Phone: 254-710-3651

Dr. Rishi Sriram (Rish-ee Sree-Rom) 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–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 residential colleges and 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 served on the executive team of the newly formed Residential College Society. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Azusa Pacific University in southern California.

Dr. Sriram's research interests include the development of talent, student affairs professional practice, 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. His work has also appeared in popular venues such as Scientific American and Edutopia. He currently serves as Editor of the Journal of the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition.

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. His first book, Student Affairs by the Numbers (Stylus Publishing), helps student affairs professionals understand and use quantitative research and statistics in their work. He is currently working on a book about the development of talent.

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