Interim Dean


    Phone: 713-313-7760

    Areas of Specialization: E-Governance, Emergency Management, Safety and Security, Web 2.0

    Interim Dean Barbara Jordan Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. Interim Chair:        Department of Political Science
    Interim Dean; Professor and MPA / eMPA Program Director Public Administration
    Ph.D., Atlanta University
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    Departments: Deans OfficePolitical Science

    Areas of Specialization:
    E-GovernanceEmergency ManagementSafety and SecurityWeb 2.0

    Curriculum Vitae

    Michael O. Adams was appointed as the Interim Dean of the School of Public Affairs as of September 1, 2016. He continues as Director of MPA program at the Barbra Jordan- Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University (TSU) in Houston, Texas. Alongside his duties as Director, he is a Professor of Public Affairs at TSU.

    Dr. Adams assumed the position of both Director and Professor in 2005 after matriculating through the ranks of professorship as a dedicated member of the Texas Southern University team since 1983. He also currently serves as a Faculty Consultant for The College Board-Education Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey. His expertise has lead him to also serve as a Member of the Houston Community College Public Administration Advisory Board and as a Reviewer of The American Review of Politics.

    As an avid scholar in the Public Affairs arena, he has co-authored several books including Readings in American Political Issues and Public Administration both published by Kendall-Hunt Press. Dr. Adams also has been published in the Journal of Service Science; the Encyclopedia of African America History; International Journal of Education Research and the European Journal of Social Sciences.

    His tenure at Texas Southern has been filled with many responsibilities. He has served as Faculty Senator; is the Chair of the University Institutional Effectiveness Committee, a part of the TSU Tomorrow Committee; the University International Studies Committee (Asian Studies) and the Academic Grievance Committee here in the Barbra Jordan- Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. In 2008 , he was honored with the Texas Southern University Research Scholar Award, School of Public Affairs Research Scholar Award and the Quiester Craig Teaching Award.


    Interim Associate Dean of External Affairs

    Office: DEAN SUITE 415 J

    Email: 713-313-6848

    Areas of Specialization: Climate Change Policy, Economics and Policy, Law and Policy, Metropolitan Sustainability, Policy and Politics

    Carroll RobinsonInterim Associate Dean of External Affairs
    J.D., George Washington University- National Law Center
    DEAN SUITE 415 J
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    Departments: Political Science

    Areas of Specialization:
    Climate Change PolicyEconomics and PolicyLaw and PolicyMetropolitan SustainabilityPolicy and Politics

    Curriculum Vitae

    Carroll G. Robinson, Esq graduated as a Who’s Who Among American Law Students from the George Washington University Law Center in Washington D.C.. he is an Associate Professor and former Associate Dean of external Affairs at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas southern University. He is also a Co-Principal Investigator of the TSU National transportation Security Center of Excellence-Petrochemical Transportation Security.

    Professor Robinson is a former At-Large (elected citywide) member of the Houston (Texas) City Council. He also represented the City of Houston on the Board of Directors of the Houston of the Houston-Galveston Area Council. Prior to his election to the Houston City Council, Professor Robinson was an Associate professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University and served as Executive Assistant to two presidents of the University. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the law school’s Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy.

    Professor Robinson had worked in the Texas Legislature as Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis. He has an impressive list of publications, has presented at numerous presentations and served as a keynote speaker throughout the country. Outside of his academic rigor, he is active and holds life memberships in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He also holds memberships with the National Bar Association, American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Houston Lawyers Association and Houston Bar Association.

  • Anthony M. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

    IT/GIS Manager

    Dr. Anthony Rodriguez



    Phone: 713-313-7443

    Areas of Specialization: Urban forestry, survey development, technology and policy change, survey analysis, zoning, land use, neighborhood planning, economic development, sustainability, public participation, coastal development, historic district planning, wetland assessment, urban parks planning.

    Curriculum Vitae

    Dr. Rodriguez, has served in the public sector for over 15 years. Prior to attainment of his Ph.D. he held the post as the president of a for profit corporation with a clear social purpose agenda, KCEL Corporation. His work has allowed him to provide teaching services to children in at risk public schools, economic development training to teenagers in youth build programs, sougth and won grants for a variety of public purposes, and served as the planner in charge for the development of more than three inner city neighborhoods within the City of Galveston.

    While serving as the Assistant Director for Planning & Transportation, Anthony was able to see the approval of the Beach Access Plan for the City of Galveston. The eventual ordinance took into consideration the rights of all Texans for an open and public beach. The plan was used as a blue print in many communities along the Texas Coast. 

    Anthony employs a unique style in all his work that fosters focusing on the purposes, meeting and exceeding potential, while utilizing practices that endear positive change and able to withstand all negative perceptions due to the open approach to public service. Dr. Rodriguez is a public servant that understands what it means to be a servant of the public. Dr. Rodriguez’s research into the institutional sectors and how they relate in respect to urban forestry and sustainability in general is currently in press and should be available by the end of the Spring Semester 2013.