Communication Studies

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Curriculum emphasizes ethical and philosophical relationships of the individual to society.

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SMU's award-winning debate program provides solid preparation for developing the student's voice.

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Access to outstanding hands-on experiences includes working the Republican and Democratic national conventions, consulting with boards of nonprofit organizations and participating in international travel programs.

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Students can network with executives from Dallas-area companies through SMU’s PRSSA chapter.

Christopher Salinas

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Christopher Salinas

Christopher Salinas

Lecturer and Assistant Director of Debate

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)

Education

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

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