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Joseph Minor

Instructor of Criminal Justice


B.S., Austin Peay State University

M.S., Austin Peay State University



Joe Minor is a retired Special Agent-Forensic Scientist Supervisor from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Biology from Austin Peay State University and has 27 years of experience in forensics and law enforcement.  While at the TBI, Minor also served as a Violent Crime Response Team member for over 22 years where processing crime scenes and examining evidence were part of his duties.  He has also testified as an expert witness in over 175 court trials across Tennessee.  During his time at the TBI, Minor was selected for additional forensic training at the FBI Academy and was also selected to be a member of the Tennessee Department of Education Forensic Science Taskforce.   Currently, Minor is the Criminal Justice Program Director for Online and Professional Studies and a Criminal Justice adjunct faculty member for Cumberland University.   As an independent forensic consultant, Minor continues to work with state law enforcement agencies, TBI, and is a consulting member for The American Investigative Society of Cold Cases.  Minor recently authored an article in Forensic Magazine entitled “Touch DNA:  From the Crime Scene to the Crime Laboratory” and was a presenter on the same topic at the 2012 Evidence Conference in Washington, D.C.  During his career, Minor has been a presenter for other conferences including the Tennessee District Attorney Conference, Nashville Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Vanderbilt University School of Law, Tennessee Criminal Investigators Conference, and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.