Cristobal Salinas Jr., Ph.D., recently joined the faculty of Florida Atlantic University’s College of Education as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology. Prior to this, Dr. Salinas served as the Multicultural Liaison Officer of Iowa State University’s College of Design, where he provided assistance and guidance in understanding issues of diversity at the college, university, and beyond. He holds a B.A. in Spanish Education and ESL from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and Ph.D. in Higher Education, both from Iowa State University. He co-edited the book Iowa’s Community Colleges: A Collective History of Fifty Years of Accomplishment (2015).
Dr. Salinas migrated from Mexico to the U.S. during middle school, forcing him to adapt to a new culture all while learning a new language. These experiences provided him with an awareness and understanding of the challenges that many multicultural students face within education. It is from these experiences that he frames his teaching and research interests. Dr. Salinas’ research explores the economic, social, and political context of educational opportunities for historically marginalized communities, with an emphasis on Latina/o students; he seeks to analyze their experiences in education. He is accomplishing this focus through three related lines of inquiry: (1) unpacking how Latina/o students experience and negotiate higher education environments; (2) interrogating the very notion of masculinity, race and ethnicity in higher education; and (3) exploring the socialization of Latina/o students into the academy. His dissertation, English, Español, and “Academia”: The crossover socialization of multilingual Latino male faculty in education, explores how Latino male faculty members make meaning of their socialization into the academy and how socialization impacts their decisions to pursue full-time and tenure-track positions in the field of education.
Dr. Salinas serves in the National Advisory Committee for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), and is the founder and Manager Editor for the Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity (JCSCORE). He previously served as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis, interned in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, and served as fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Michael F. Bennet of Colorado during summer 2009. He also instructed leadership development and social justice training at State University of New York-Brockport during summer 2011. He taught Spanish courses at Elsik High School in Houston, Texas, during the 2010 academic year.
Dr. Salinas has received various awards, including 2014-2015 Scholar-in-Residency, the 2014 Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, and 2015 Emerging Research Award—all three of which were from the College Student Educators International; Iowa State University Faculty/Staff change Agent Award, 2013 Academic Advising Award, 2013 & 2015 Iowa State University Excellence Teaching Award, 2015 Iowa State University Research Excellence Award; College of Human Science Graduate Merit Award; University of Nebraska Foundation Outstanding Senior Award. Additionally, he was named Iowa STATEment Maker and received personal recognition from President Obama regarding his leadership within the University of Nebraska.