Iowa State honoring Salinas

October 24, 2017 GMT

AMES, Iowa — The College of Human Sciences and Iowa State University Alumni Association will bestow alumnus Cristóbal Salinas Jr. with the Outstanding Young Professional Award on Friday at the Homecoming Honors and Awards Ceremony at Iowa State University.

The award is annually given to alumni for remarkable early career achievements.

Salinas, a 2005 graduate of Schuyler Central High School, received his Master of Education degree in student affairs from Iowa State in 2012 and doctoral degree in higher education administration from Iowa State in 2015. An assistant professor in educational leadership and research methodology at Florida Atlantic University, Salinas has established himself as a leading scholar and educator.

In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses at Florida Atlantic, Salinas leads the university’s new undergraduate minor in leadership studies and chairs the leadership studies faculty advisory committee.

Salinas has gained national recognition in his young career. In 2016, NASPA (Student Affairs in Higher Education) honored Salinas as an emerging faculty leader. That same year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture selected him to serve on its peer review panel for the Hispanic-Serving Institutions grant program. In 2017, Salinas received an outstanding social justice collaboration award from ACPA (College Student Educators International).