J. Mark Baggett
Associate Professor
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Russell Hall 209
Email: jmbagget@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2309

A native of Birmingham, Mark Baggett joined the Samford faculty in 1987, working in both the Department of English and the Cumberland School of Law. He served as prelaw advisor from 1990 until 2004 and continues to advise prelaw students.

In the Department of English, he has taught American literature courses (ENGL 210 Introduction to the Major, American Renaissance), as well as History of the Language and Senior Thesis. This fall (2009) he will teach The American Century (20th Century American Literature) and UCCA 102 (for Latin American Fellows). He has also taught UCCP (Cultural Perspectives). He has also taught the University's Honors Seminar course and Law of Mass Media in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

In the Cumberland School of Law, he teaches two sections of the first-year legal research and writing course, "Lawyering and Legal Reasoning" and also teaches a seminar course in Advanced Issues in Legal Writing.

Baggett has an undergraduate degree in Communication from the University of Alabama and a Master's degree in English from Alabama. In 1979, he received a J.D. degree from Alabama and practiced law in Tuscaloosa and in Birmingham.

He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in American literature and language, writing his dissertation on Mark Twain: "Verbal Humor in Nineteenth Century American Literature."

Dr. Baggett’s desire to teach literature led him to Chapel Hill for his doctorate in English. He hopes that through his classes, he will inspire students to do independent study through instilling an intellectual curiosity. In the near future, Dr. Baggett plans to complete law and literature articles he has already begun writing. He also plans to continue research in his field of interest: language issues in humor and in Birmingham history.

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.A. University of Alabama
  • M.A. English, University of Alabama
  • J.D. University of Alabama School of Law
  • Ph.D. American Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Faculty Member, 1989


  • Current Member and Past President, ACETA (Association of College English Teachers of Alabama)
  • Past President, Samford Faculty Senate