Robert Sarver  

Robert A. Sarver, III  

Assistant Professor
Criminal Justice

     Media Building
     Room Number 313
     (864) 503-5682


Ph.D.  Sam Houston State University, 2007
M.S.    Eastern Kentucky University, 2001
B.A.     University of Kentucky, 1999

Areas of Specialty  

Criminological Theory
Crime and Media
Drug Use and Abuse

Selected Publications  

Sarver III, R.A. (2012). The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America. “Kentucky.” Sage Publications, Inc.    

Gann, M.C., Sarver III, R.A., Sarver, M.B. and del Carmen, A. (2012). Perceptions of Alcohol Consumption: An Examinationof Undergraduate Students’ Perception of Harmful Alcohol Consumption as aSocial Problem and its Relationship with Crime. Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice, 8(2), 159-171. 

Kent, A., Gould, L.A., Sarver III, R.A., and Dobbs, R.R. (2011). Examining the Relationship between Officer Burnout and Probation  Violations. Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 11 (1), 83-99.  

Sarver III, Robert A., & Lyons, Phillip M (2010). Representativeness of Petit Juries. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 6(2), 30-42.

Whitehead, M., and Sarver III, R.A. (2010). Becker, Howard S.: Labeling and Deviant Careers. The Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory.

Sarver III, R.A., Sarver, M.B., and Dobbs, R.R. (2010). Choosing Criminal Justice: Factors Contributing to the Selection of Criminal Justice as a Major. The Journal of Criminal Justice and Law Review, 2(2), 57-67.

Haba, C.W., Sarver III, R.A., Dobbs, R.R., and Sarver, M.B. (2009). Attitudes of College Students Toward Women in Policing. Women & Criminal Justice, 19(3), 235-250.

del Carmen, A., Rodriguez, J.J., Dobbs, R., Smith, R., Butler, R.R., Sarver III, R.A. (2009). In their own words: A study of Gang Members through their Own Perspective. Journal of Gang Research, 16(2), 57-76.

Hoover, L. T. and Sarver III, R. A. (2004). Drug Abuse Resistance Education: To Continue or Not to Continue?  Law Enforcement Executive Forum, 4(5), 163-171.

Academic Career  

Assistant Professor, USC Upstate, 2010-Present.

Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington, 2007-2010.



Department Chair

Dr. Reid C. Toth 
Media 306 
(864) 503-5614

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Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice & Women's Studies
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