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College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Terri L. Earnest, Ph.D.

Graduate Advisor of Record, Senior Lecturer
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-6239
Office: MS 4.03.28

Research area: Criminology, Violence, and Deviance

  • Biography

    Dr. Earnest received her Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in 2003.  Prior to her current position at UTSA, she was an Assistant Professor at Arkansas Tech University (2002-2007) and Francis Marion University (2007-2010), where she taught numerous classes and was actively involved in research.  Courses that Dr. Earnest taught both institutions include criminology, deviance, drugs in society, race/ethnicity, and delinquency.  She became a co-principal investigator on the River Valley Meth Project while at ATU and continued the role after going to FMU.  She also served as the evaluator for the Drug Court Planning Team of the 5th Judicial District of the State of Arkansas.

    While pursuing her doctoral degree, Dr. Earnest worked as a Research Associate at the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University (1996-2001).  While there, she served as the data manager and Co-Principal Investigator for the Mississippi Crime and Justice Research Unit (MCJRU).  During the time that Terri was a member of the MCJRU, it received funding for several projects, including:  the Multijurisdictional Drug Task Force Evaluation, the Drug Control and Violent Crime Evaluation, the Delinquency and Risk/Needs Management and Equitable Treatment of Juveniles in Mississippi, the Drug Program Evaluation Project, and the Felony Criminal History Records Survey.


    • Ph.D. in Sociology, Mississippi State University (2003)
    • M.S. in Sociology, Mississippi State University (1994)
    • B.B.A. in Marketing, Mississippi State University (1988)