J. Mark  Baggett
Associate Professor of English and Law
Cumberland School of Law
Cumberland School of Law and Howard College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English
Office: 209 Russell Hall
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.

Cumberland School of Law

In the Cumberland School of Law, Baggett 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.

Legal Practice Experience

  • J. Mark Baggett, Attorney at Law, 1982–present
  • Associate, Jones & Ellis, Attorneys at Law, Tuscaloosa, 1979–1982
  • Vice President for Development, Judson College, Marion, Ala., 1985–1986

Howard College of Arts and Sciences

In the Department of English, Baggett has taught American literature courses  as well as History of the Language, Senior Thesis, The American Century and Cultural Perspectives. He has also taught Samford University's Honors Seminar course and Law of Mass Media in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and Communication Studies.

Baggett 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."

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, 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

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, American Literature, 1987
  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, 1979
  • M.A., University of Alabama, English, 1982
  • B.A., magna cum laude, University of Alabama, Communications, 1976

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