Carleen Vincent-Robinson

Assistant Dean, Teaching Professor

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Office: SIPA 526

Phone: 305-348-1288



Dr. Carleen Vincent-Robinson is the Assistant Dean in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs where she oversees all curriculum and course accessibility concerns, including universal design for learning, as well as those issues pertaining to faculty credentialing, student services, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, among other responsibilities.  Prior to this role, she served as the Associate Chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Interim Graduate Program Director and Undergraduate Program Director. As the Associate Chair, she oversaw the credentialing and scheduling of adjunct faculty, supervised office staff, and facilitated the development of partnerships with various agencies and institutions. As the Field Experience Director, she facilitated internships, the Law Enforcement Apprenticeship Program, which allows law enforcement personnel to earn course credit for their prior work experience, and the teaching practicum for doctoral students.   

Dr. Vincent-Robinson is actively involved at FIU and in the community. Within the past few years, she completed FIU's Leadership Education Advancement Program, the President's Leadership Program, the Leadership Essentials Program, Advanced Communications with renowned executive career coach Nance Guilmartin, and the Educational Leadership Enhancement Program, an 18-month leadership program for women and minorities. As a result of her efforts, she was invited to participate in the development of the FIU 2025 strategic plan. 

A sought-after speaker, in the past few years, Dr. Vincent-Robinson served as a panelist for a teach-in entitled "How to Understand and Deal with Gun Violence," the "I Can't Breathe" town hall moderated by NBC 6's Willard Shepard, and FIU's Social Justice Summit for a special session entitled "Educate to Elevate Justice and Equity: Creating a Brave Space in the Classroom." She also interviewed Yusef Salaam, one of the Central Park (now, Exonerated) Five, was featured in a special edition of Cafecito Chat with FIU's Office of Engagement that addressed violence in the Black community, served as a panelist for the Black Doctoral Network’s “Conversation Starters: Exploring Public Health from a Criminal Justice Perspective,” and moderated a live webinar, "The Impacts of Racism on International Crime and Justice Systems" as part of the Ruth K. and Shepard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series. 

The 2021 recipient of the FIU President’s Access and Equity Award and the 2022 FIU Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award, Dr. Vincent-Robinson’s desire to improve the racial climate throughout the university as well as foster a sense of belonging and inclusivity is apparent through her diversity and equity work. In 2020, she accepted a faculty fellowship with the Office to Advance Women, Equity, and Diversity and was appointed to the role of the SIPA Equity Advisor. More recently, in response to the racial unrest resulting from the killings of several African Americans by law enforcement, she co-authored the FIU faculty resolution on Race, Social, and Community Justice, was asked to serve on the FIU Equity Action Initiative Committee to propel initiatives targeting diversity, equity, and inclusion within higher education, and was selected as a founding member of FIU’s Diversity Council. She continues to expand others’ awareness of and deepen their understanding of the impacts of racism and diversity-led initiatives by facilitating unit-specific (i.e., DEI Manager Series, College of Law, and School of Hospitality) implicit bias, microaggressions, and bystander intervention training, educating others about strategies for recruiting, hiring, and retaining people of color as employees, and hosting webinars, panel discussions, and podcasts addressing the modern civil rights movement, Juneteenth, vaccine hesitancy among people of color, cultural chasms between families and their LGBTQ+ children, criminal justice from a public health perspective, and criminal justice reform. 

Dr. Vincent-Robinson recently accepted a two-year fellowship with the Division of Academic and Student Affairs where she will serve as the Faculty Fellow for Social Justice and Inclusion and Student Access and Success. She is an active member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, Academic Integrity Committee, SIPA Student Success Team, Strategic Implementation Committee to Amplify Learner Success and Institutional Affinity, DEI Pilot Strategic Collaboration Labs Workgroup, Prior Learning Assessment Workgroup, MLK Commemorative Celebration Committee, Women Who Lead Conference Planning Committee, and Miami Black Womxn's Forum Planning Committee. She also serves as the Chairperson of the Graduate Student Academic Review Committee and Graduate Student Grievance Committee. Her local, state, and national service includes, but is not limited to, serving as the President of the Board of Directors of Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade and the Keys, the Criminal Justice Faculty Discipline Coordinator for the Florida Department of Education Statewide Course Numbering System, a peer reviewer for Office of Violence Against Women and the National Institution of Justice Research and Evaluation grant applications, and a peer reviewer for Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Science. 

Dr. Vincent-Robinson is affiliated faculty with African and African Diaspora Studies and the Master of Arts in Global Affairs program and works, tirelessly, to actively mentor doctoral students as they begin their transition from knowledge-consumers to knowledge-producers. Her current research interests include academic dishonesty as a form of deviance among students, domestic violence, mass incarceration, race/ethnic relations, and student success initiatives. 

A double-alumna of FIU, Dr. Vincent-Robinson earned her Ed.D. in Higher Education (2016) and her M.S. in Criminal Justice (2004). She also holds an M.A. in Sociology (2010) from the University of Miami with dual concentrations in criminology and race/ethnicity, a Juris Doctorate (2001) from Louisiana State University, and a B.A. in English Professional Writing (1998) from Baylor University. 

Areas of Expertise

Academic Misconduct | Domestic Violence | Race and Ethnicity | Women and Crime | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | Leadership Dynamics


Ed.D., Florida International University, Higher Education, 2016
M.A., University of Miami, Sociology, 2010
M.S., Florida International University, Criminal Justice, 2004
J.D., Louisiana State University, 2001
B.A., Baylor University, English Professional Writing, 1998