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The opportunity to guide writers, experts as well as beginners, toward higher levels of expertise, was among Dr. Virginia “Ginger” Young’s proudest accomplishments as a university faculty member. Dr. Young has retired as professor emeritus of English after nearly 25 years.
Dr. Young began her career at Central in 1975 as an adjunct English instructor in the Educational Development Center and the Department of English. She became an instructor of English and supervisor of the EDC Writing Laboratory in 1986. She continued her supervisory role in the writing lab, earning a promotion in 1996 to full professor. For the past seven years, Dr. Young has also served as director of Writing Across the Curriculum under the Dean of Arts and Sciences.
With a commitment to “life-long learning,” her college education began at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1958 and a Master of Arts degree in 1960. She completed her Education Specialist degree at Central in 1979, and her doctorate in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1992.
Dr. Young served on many campus committees, including being a part of an effort to help faculty integrate communications outcomes into their syllabi.
She and her husband, James, have one daughter, Ann Young Anderson, and a son, James Hudson Young.