Finding Greatness: Jeffrey Tarver

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Monday, September 30, 2019 12:00 AM
Categories: Pressroom | School of Education and Behavioral Sciences | Finding Greatness | Faculty/Staff

Macon, GA


Jeffrey Tarver of MGA’s School of Education & Behavioral Sciences is the founder of a non-profit organization that teaches life skills to participants through sports and activities.

Full Name: Jeffrey M. Tarver.

Title: Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice.


• Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Columbus State University.

• Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University.

Describe your accomplishments while at and your service to Middle Georgia State and the community.

“I arrived at Middle Georgia State at the inception of the bachelor’s degree program in Criminal Justice, so I’ve had the opportunity to be active in what it has become today. From new course designs and additions, to modifications and assessments, I can say that I’ve witnessed this program continuously improve to better serve our students. As it relates to service to the institution, I’ve served on several committees, including Greek Life, Student Honors and Graduation, Academic Affairs Board, Executive, and Nontraditional Programs. I also serve as the program coordinator and academic advisor for upper-level criminal justice majors.

“In the Middle Georgia community, I founded my own nonprofit organization, L.I.F.E. League, geared toward teaching life skills through sports and activities. Since 2012, I’ve had the pleasure of mentoring over 2,000 youth through camps, workshops, and trips abroad.”

What attracted you to a faculty position at Middle Georgia State University?

“Even though MGA serves students on five different campuses and everywhere online, it still feels like a small tightknit community of diverse individuals. Initially, my plans were only to teach part time but after having the opportunity to prepare lesson plans and engage students in a smaller setting, I knew this was something that I wanted to transition into full time.”

What do you like best about teaching at Middle Georgia State?

“Having the opportunity to mentor using my practical experience. I often tell my students that knowing the information is simply not enough but being able to apply the lessons and principles to real-life situations is what will separate you from the pack.”

In your opinion, what does it take for students majoring in your discipline to be successful these days?

“In order to be successful in the criminal justice field, one must understand that this is a profession of service. Being able to display professionalism, be detailed oriented, and follow policy while remaining unbiased is paramount.”

What would students be surprised to learn about you?

“I’m in the process of creating a video game/application that will allow student athletes from all over the world to network while learning history and culture.”