Dr. Cristobal Salinas Jr.


Dr. Salinas is an associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Research Methodology Department at Florida Atlantic University. His research promotes access and equality in higher education and explores the social and political context of education opportunities for historically marginalized communities. Dr. Salinas is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief for the Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity. He has published over 22 peer-reviewed articles, co-edited 5 books, and over 27 book chapters. He has received over 25 international and national awards for his commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. His research has been featured in CNN, NPR, Telemundo, and Good Morning America.


  • Ph.D. Education (Educational Leadership & Policy Studies), Iowa State University
  • M.Ed. Student Affairs and Higher Education, Iowa State University
  • BAE. Spanish Education, English as a Second Language, Dance, University of Nebraska – Kearney

Selected Publications

  1. Camacho, L., Salinas, C., Vasquez, M., Rodriguez, S., & Izaguirre, J.* (2021). A Valued Based Leadership Approach to (Re)Defining Latino Manhood and Masculinity. International Journal of Leadership Studies, 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/13603124.2020.1862921
  2. Swingle, E. & Salinas, C. (2020). Up, down and all around: The swirling-transfer collegiate athlete experience. Journal of Athlete Development and Experiences, 2(3), 162-181. https://doi.org/10.25035/jade.02.03.02
  3. Sembiante, S., Salinas, C., Ramirez, A., Silva, Y. & Vasquez, M. (2020). Experiences, Reflections, and Perspectives of Faculty Members with Foreign English Accents in Higher Education. Meridians: Feminism, race, transnationalism Journal, 19(2), 295-320. https://www.muse.jhu.edu/article/774535
  4. Salinas, C. (2020). The complexity of the “x” in Latinx: How Latinx/a/o students relate to, identify with, and understand the term Latinx. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 19(2), 149-168. https://doi.org/10.1177/1538192719900382
  5. Salinas, C., & Rodríguez, C. (2020). Tocayo epistemology for Latino males in education. Journal of Latinos and Education, 1-33. https://doi.org/10.1080/15348431.2020.1714626
  6. Salinas, C., Riley, P., & Camacho, L., Floyd, D. L. (2020). Mentoring experiences and perceptions of Latino male faculty in higher education. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 42(1), 117-140. https://doi.org/10.1177/0739986319900026
  7. Gibson, G., & Salinas, C. (2020). Rewriting the narrative: Breaking the silence of a lifelong follower. Florida Atlantic Undergraduate Research Journal, 9(1), 39-43. https://journals.flvc.org/faurj/article/view/121687
  8. Salinas, C., Malavé, R., Torrens, O. D., & Swingle, E. (2019). “It is who we are. We are undocumented”: The narrative of undocumented Latino male students in a community college. Community College Review, 47(3), 295-317. DOI:10.177/0091552119850888
  9. Miller, A. & Salinas, C. (2019). A document analysis of student conduct offices in Florida’s community colleges. Community College Journal of Research and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1080/10668926.2019.1600606
  10. Floyd, D. L, Salinas, C., & Ramdin, G. (2019). Publishing graduate students’ research about community colleges. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 43(10-11), 661-671. https://doi.org/10.1080/10668926.2019.1605945
  11. Salinas, C., & Lozano, A. S. (2019). Mapping and recontextualizing the evolution of the term Latinx; An environmental scanning in higher education. Journal of Latino and Education, 18(4), 302-315. Online advance copy. https://doi.org/10.1080/15348431.2017.1390464
  12. Salinas, C., Elliott, K., Allen, K., McEwan, D., King, C. & Boldon, C. (2018). The role of spirituality for Black male community colleges students. Community College of Research and Practice, 42(7-8), 504-518. https://doi.org/10.1080/10668926.2018.1429961
  13. Salinas, C., & Hidrowoh, J. (2018). Promoting financial literacy and Latino males’ success at community colleges. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 42(5), 330-339. https://doi.org/10.1080/10668926.2017.1301276
  14. Salinas, C., Boettcher M., & Plagman-Galvin, J. (2018). A document analysis of anti-hazing policy. Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, 13(1), 32-50. https://bit.ly/2LZkASm
  15. Salinas, C. (2018). A case study for a new peer-review Journal on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education. Publications, 6(26), 1-12. http://www.mdpi.com/2304-6775/6/2/26
  16. Torrens, O. D., Salinas, C., & Floyd, D. L. (2017). Examining the value of mentorship and men of color staff members of a community college. Mentorship & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 25(5), 509-527. https://doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2017.1415830
  17. Salinas, C. (2017). Transforming academia and theorizing spaces for Latinx in higher education: Voces perdidas, Voces de poder. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 30(8), 746-758. https://doi.org/10.1080/09518398.2017.1350295
  18. Bader, D., Salinas, C., Maslin-Ostrowski, P. (2016). Using the wisdom development theory to conceptualize student professionalism development in community colleges. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 41(4-5), 329-332. https://doi.org/10.1080/10668926.2016.1251356
  19. Salinas, C., & Friedel, J. N. (2016). Challenges and opportunities for community colleges state systems. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 40(6), 968-971. https://doi.org/10.1080/10668926.2016.1142484
  20. Beatty, C., & Salinas, C. (2016). Providing spaces on college campuses and through social media for men of color to offer counterstories. Developments, 13(4), 6-12. https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/leadership_pubs/2/
  21. Friedel., J. N., Raby, R. L.^, & Salinas, C. (2014). Examining community college global counterpart completion agendas. Comparative & International Higher Education, (6), 28-32. https://ojed.org/index.php/jcihe/article/view/859

Books and Volumes

  1. Garcia, N. M., Salinas, C., Cisneros, J. (Eds.). (2021). Studying Latinx/a/o students in higher education: A critical analysis of concepts, theory and Methodologies. Routledge.
  2. Floyd, D. L., Salinas, C., Swingle, E., Zeledón-Pérez, M. J., Barhoum, S., & Ramdin, G. (Eds.). (2021). Graduate students’ research about community colleges: A guide for publishing. Routledge.
  3. Gillon, K. E^, Beatty, C., & Salinas, C. (2019). Critical consideration of race, ethnicity, and culture in fraternity and sorority Life. Jossey-Bass.
  4. Salinas, C. & Boettcher, M. (Eds.). (2018). Critical perspective on hazing in colleges and universities: A guide to disrupting the hazing culture. Routledge.
  5. Friedel, J. N.^, Salinas, C., Thornton, Z. M. (Eds.). (2015). Iowa’s community colleges: A collective history of 50 years of accomplishment. Iowa State University.

Selected Honors

2019 Equity & Social Justice Scholar Award, National Conference on Race and Ethnicity
2019 Florida Atlantic University Scholar of the Year
2019 Faculty Vice President’s Diamond Award, Division of Student Affairs
2018 Faculty/Staff Impact Award, Division of Student Affairs
2018 Faculty Fellow, American Association of Hispanics Higher Education
2017 Outstanding Social Justice Collaboration Award, ACPA
2017 Iowa State University Young Professional Award, College of Human Sciences & ISU Alumni Association
2017 Schuyler Central High School Distinguished Alumni Award
2016/2017 Emerging Faculty Leader Academy, NASPA
2015 Iowa State University Research Excellence Award
2015/2012 Iowa State University Teaching Excellence Award
2015 Iowa STATEment Maker Award, ISU Alumni Association
2015 Emerging Research Award, ACPA

Cristobal Salinas

Cristobal Salinas

Associate Professor
Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology

Office Phone: 561-297-3550
Office Location: ED 47 - 242
Campus: Boca