Dr. Ethel Young-Minor joined The University of Mississippi faculty in 1996 and is an associate professor of English and African American Studies. Young-Minor earned her B.A. in English at the University of Tennessee and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Bowling Green University of Ohio. Her awards include College of Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year, Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year and Black Faculty and Staff Outstanding Service Award. In 2005, the state of Mississippi submitted a congressional resolution honoring her work to promote diversity in the state. She is also a licensed and ordained minister. She is the First Lady of Oliver Grove M.B. Church (Oakland, Miss.) and interim pastor of First Christian United Church (Batesville, Miss.). She loves shopping, listening to music, laughing and hanging out with friends.
Young-Minor's family joins her in living in the Residential College. Her husband, Julius Minor, is a graduate of the University of Toledo. He is an admissions specialist in distance and online learning at UM, where he is able to assist students who are looking for nontraditional ways to earn college credit. He is also the pastor of Oliver Grove M.B. Church. He enjoys helping young people identify the tools they need to live out their dreams.
Young-Minor’s daughters, Jasmine and Janelle, are both big fans of UM who rarely miss a football game. Jasmine, a student at Oxford Middle School, loves reading books, playing her violin and texting/talking on the phone. She plans to go to law school and have her own TV show. Janelle, a student at Oxford Elementary, loves to read books, dance and greet new people. She wants to be a star, but her parents think she may be headed for a career in politics because she definitely knows how to sway voters in major areas.