Dr. Jeff Holcomb

Dr. Jeff Holcomb joined the Department of Government and Justice Studies in 2008. He earned a B.S. in Criminology from Auburn University and a M.S. and PhD. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Florida State University. His areas of teaching and research focus on community corrections and criminal justice discretion.  He is a former probation and parole officer and assisted with a prison program for men with histories of violence against women.  Dr. Holcomb is a co-author of Criminal Justice: The Essentials (Oxford University Press) and recent article publications have appeared in Journal of Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Studies, and the Journal of Criminal Justice Education.  Recently, he and several Criminal Justice professors collaborated with undergraduate and graduate students to evaluate the effectiveness of a training program for federal probation officers (Improving probation officer effectiveness through agency–university collaboration). Dr. Holcomb has taught previously at Florida State University and Bowling Green State University where he was named a University Distinguished Faculty Advisor. Other notable achievements include back-to-back-to-back titles as Chili Grand Master at the annual GJS Department Chili Cook-Off, seeing Def Leppard in concert when the drummer still had both arms, successfully replacing a toilet in his house, and not taking for granted how fortunate he is to work with great students and colleagues at App State.

Areas of Expertise & Interest:

  • Community corrections
  • Supervision of offenders in the community
  • Ethics and the exercise of criminal justice discretion
  • Punishment and the sentencing of offenders


  • Ph.D., Criminal Justice & Criminology, Florida State University 
  • M.S., Criminal Justice & Criminology, Florida State University 
  • B.S., Criminology, Auburn University

Courses Taught:

  • Graduate courses
    • Administration of Justice
    • Research Methods
  • Undergraduate courses
    • Probation and Parole
    • Writing in Criminal Justice
    • Crime Prevention
    • Criminal Justice Ethics
    • Introduction to Criminal Justice
Title: CJ Curriculum Coordinator , Professor of Criminal Justice
Department: Department of Government and Justice Studies

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6347

Fax: (828) 262-2947

Office address
351B Anne Belk Hall