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Christopher Salinas

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Christopher Salinas

Christopher Salinas

Senior Lecturer and Director of Public Discourse

Christopher Salinas is a Lecturer and Director of Public Discourse in the Division of Communication Studies at Southern Methodist University. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from Baylor University and a Doctorate in Communication Studies with a focus on rhetoric and argumentation from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Dr. Salinas was Assistant Director of Debate at SMU from 2008 to 2013, during which he coached Academic All-Americans, the 2013 National Junior Division Debate Tournament Novice Champions and Top Speaker. In his new role as Director of Public Discourse, he directs the public speaking programs for the Division of Communication Studies. Salinas also consults law firms in the areas of public speaking, confidence strategies and gender relations.

Salinas lives in Dallas with his wife of 13 years, Wendy, and his daughter Scarlett.  On his own time he enjoys watching sports, consuming popular culture and reading a variety of subjects. Salinas is an avid collector of art.  He has amassed one of the largest privately held collections of urban and street art in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Teaching and Coaching Awards
2012 Named Outstanding National Debate Coach, Blue Devil Invitational Debate Tournament
2010 Dick Stine National Coaching Award
2007 Opal Goolsby Teaching Award (Houston Baptist University)


Ph.D., Wayne State University, 2002; M.A., Baylor University, 1998; B.A., Baylor University, 1996


Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Undergraduate Studies

Faculty and Staff

Student Resources

Advising Guide


Mock Trial and Debate

Dallas Resources

Advisory Board


Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts